Great Conversation - February 28, 2017 Great Conversation - February 28, 2017

2017 Speakers & Conversation Topics

1

The Rivard Report: Rethinking Journalism's Role in the Community

Bob Rivard, Editor and Director, The Rivard Report

2

Life After the Spurs

Bruce Bowen, ESPN Analyst

3

Incivility, #Protest, and Fake News: Reflecting on Political Discourse in Campaign 2016

Bryan Gervais, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, UTSA

4

Social Entrepreneurship - Media, Business and Philanthropy

David Holmes, CEO, Santikos Enterprises

5

Will There Ever be a Cure for Alzheimers?

Doug Frantz, Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Distinguished Professor, Department in Chemistry, UTSA

6

Disease Prevention and Health in the Trump Era

Erica Sosa, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UTSA

7

What Does Having a World Heritage Site Mean for San Antonio?

Father David Garcia, Archdiocesan Director, Old Spanish Missions

8

Art Soup: Recipes for Cultural Infusion

Felix Padron, Independent Cultural Sector Advisor

9

How Should Students Pay for Post-Secondary Education? Should It Be Free?

Harriett Romo, Professor, Department of Sociology, and Director, Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, UTSA

10

Monarch Madness: How a Butterfly Unites Three Countries and Makes Conservation Cool

Janis Bush, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, UTSA

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11

What is the Cloud doing for Academia?

Jeff Prevost, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UTSA

12

Investments, The New Administration and Global Uncertainty

Jim Kee, President and Chief Economist of South Texas Money Management

13

Myth and Making an Opera for San Pedro Creek

John Phillip Santos, University Distinguished Scholar, Honors College, UTSA

14

Tacos for the Obamas and Serving Dinner at the White House

Johnny Hernandez, San Antonio Chef and Restaurateur

15

Unraveling Mysteries about the Ancient Maya Civilization: How Modern Technology is used in Archaeology Today

Kat Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, and Jason Yaeger, Professor and Chair, Department of Archaeology, UTSA

16

Tackling the Challenges of Homelessness and the Risks to Our Cities

Kenny Wilson, CEO, Haven for Hope

17

Trust: the Basic Bond of Leadership

Kevin Bergner, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio

18

Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture

Kinitra Brooks, Associate Professor, Department of English, UTSA

19

Educating Tomorrow's Workforce

Mario Lozoya, Director of Government Relations and External Relations, Toyota

20

Media and the Manufacturing of Stress

Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Professor, Department of Psychology, UTSA

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21

Shining a Light on Cancer

Matt Gdovin, Professor, Department of Biology, UTSA

22

Learning from Native People in the Amazon Rainforest

Michael Cepek, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UTSA

23

Automation and the Future of our Workforce

Myric Polhemus, Director of Talent, HR Technology, Partner Learning and Development at H-E-B

24

Education and Inequality

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, SAISD

25

Tequila, Mezcal and the Worm

Raúl Lomelí-Azoubel, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, SABEResPoder

26

What Has Made the Play "Hamilton" So Popular?

Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA

27

The Contemporary Art Scene and the Future of the McNay

Richard Aste, Director, McNay Art Museum

28

Various recipes from Rosemary to the RK Legacy

Rosemary Kowalski, CEO, RK Group

29

Setting the Tempo at the San Antonio Symphony

Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Conductor and Music Director, San Antonio Symphony

30

TBD

The Honorable Alan Warrick II, San Antonio City Council, District 2

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31

Red, White and Bruised: The 2016 Presidential Election and America's Future

The Honorable Charlie Gonzalez (Congressman ret.)

32

Pitching Baseball's Future in San Antonio

The Honorable Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge

33

The Next Million: Will San Antonio Be Bigger, Better, or Both?

The Honorable Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio City Council, District 8

34

Creating Kindness: Animal Welfare in San Antonio

Tommy McNish, COO, Pets Alive

35

The Supreme Court, Excessive Force and Today's Policing

William McManus, Chief, San Antonio Police Department

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