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2015 Program Listing and Availability

ARTS, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE
1.  

What Does the Tobin Center Mean for San Antonio?

J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chairman and Trustee, Tobin Endowment and Chairman of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

2.  

The Making of Spielberg’s "Lincoln"

Catherine Clinton, Professor, Department of History, UTSA

3.  

Undermining Civilization: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq

William A. Dupont, San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor and Director, Center for Cultural Sustainability, UTSA

4.  

Do the San Antonio Missions Deserve World Heritage Status?

Rev. David García, Director, Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio

5.  

Texas Impressionism: Who Were the Artists and What Were They Painting?

Mike L. Molak, San Antonio Region Chairman, PlainsCapital Bank, San Antonio

6.  

The Best Art Museums in the World

Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA

7.  

The Ten Books Every Texan Should Read

John Phillip Santos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Honors College, UTSA

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Business and Community
8.  

Ethics in Marketing: Can Companies Go Too Far?

Hal Adams, Chief Marketing Officer, CST Brands, Inc.

9.  

Marketing Strategies That Succeed

April Ancira, Vice President, Ancira Auto Group, Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

10.  

What Does the Shale Oil Revolution Mean for the United States?

Bradley C. Barron, President and CEO, NuStar Energy

11. 

The Importance of Women in Leadership Roles in Major Corporations

Mary Rose Brown, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, NuStar Energy

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12.  

Reinventing Transportation in our Connected World

Dennis Christiansen, Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

13.  

San Antonio v. Silicon Valley: Let's Declare Our Technological Independence From California

Dan Goodgame, Vice President of Executive Communications, Rackspace

14.  

Life Is a Dance: Being Flexible along the Road of Life

Clay Killinger, Chief Financial Officer, CST Brands, Inc.

15.  

What Does Energy Reform Mean for Mexico?

Robert McKinley, Associate Vice President, and Tom Tunstall, Research Director, Institute for Economic Development, UTSA

16.  

Mexico-U.S. Oil Relations: Implications for the Changes in PEMEX

Tony Treviño, Chief Legal Counsel, Lewis Energy Group

17.  

Oil Price Wars: The implications of falling oil prices for Texas, the U.S. and beyond

Bob Watson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Abraxas Petroleum

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Education
18.  

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Emmett Gill, Professor, Department of Social Work, UTSA

19.  

Is a College Education Worth It?

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

20.  

Why School Spirit Matters in UTSA’s Quest for Tier One Status

Scott Woolfolk, President, DocuMATION of SA, Inc.

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Leisure and Lifestyle
21. 

Does Place Affect the Taste of Wine and Cheese?

Kolleen Guy, Professor, Department of History, UTSA

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22.  

What Does Sustainability Mean to You?

James Andrews, Principal, Overland Partners, Inc.

23.  

Don’s Extra Point – and Then Some!

Don Harris, Sports Anchor and Sports Director, News 4 San Antonio WOAI

23.  

How Tequila Improves the Sound of Mariachi Music (Samples provided)

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

24. 

Untold Secrets of Sausage Making: Tales of the Charcuterie (Samples provided)

Robbie Nowlin, Executive Chef, Citrus, Hotel Valencia

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25.  

Riding the Wave: What Tourism is Doing for San Antonio

Richard C. Oliver, Director of Communications, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

26.  

Deep in the Heart of (a) Tesla

Greg Papay, Partner, Lake/Flato Architects, Inc.

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Politics and History
27. 

Border Ethics: Should Immigrants Have the Right to Stay?

Jill Hernández, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Classics, UTSA

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28.  

Mayor, Council, and Charter: Handicapping the 2015 Municipal Election

Francine S. Romero, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Public Policy and Department of Public Administration, UTSA

29.  

How Worried Should We Be about ISIS?

Glen D. Shaffer, Lecturer and Major General, U.S. Air Force Retired, Department of Political Science and Geography, UTSA

30. 

Making Hard Decisions: The State of the City

Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor, The City of San Antonio

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31.  

Congressional Gridlock: Why Congress Can't Act

Walter Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Geography, UTSA

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Social Science, Science and Technology
32.  

Controlling Infectious Disease in a Global World

Bernard Arulanandam, Jane and Roland Blumberg Professorship in Biology and Assistant Vice President for Research Support, UTSA

33.  

Strategies for Energy of the Future

Cris Eugster, Executive Vice President and Chief Generation and Strategy Officer, CPS Energy

34.  

What Will It Take to Find a Cure for Cancer?

Richard G. LeBaron, Professor, Department of Biology, UTSA

35.  

Medical Lessons from War and Their Impact on San Antonio

David A. Spencer, President/CEO, Texas Intrepid Ventures

36. 

Stopping Bullying in the Social Media Age

Martell Teasley, Chair, Department of Social Work, UTSA

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37.  

The Challenges of Making Decisions Regarding Long-Term Care

Maria Wellisch, Vice President for Corporate and Community Education, MMLearn.org at Morningside Ministries

38.  

GMO's, Corporate Farming and Organics: Balancing Sustenance with Sustainability

Colleen Witt, Lecturer, Honors College, UTSA

39.  

How the Past Helps Us Understand Ourselves and Our World

Jason Yaeger, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UTSA

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