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

2017 Speakers & Topics

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

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

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Setting the Tempo at the San Antonio Symphony

David Gross, President, San Antonio Symphony

Will There Ever be a Cure for Alzheimers?

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

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Disease Prevention and Health in the Trump Era

Erica Sosa, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, UTSA

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

Father David Garcia, Archdiocesan Director, Old Spanish Missions

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Art Soup: Recipes for Cultural Infusion

Felix Padron, Independent Cultural Sector Advisor

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

Janis Bush, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, UTSA

What is the Cloud Doing for Academia?

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

Investments, the New Administration and Global Uncertainty

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

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Myth and Making an Opera for San Pedro Creek

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

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Tacos for the Obamas and Serving Dinner at the White House

Johnny Hernandez, San Antonio Chef and Restaurateur

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

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

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Tackling the Challenges of Homelessness and the Risks to our Cities

Kenny Wilson, CEO, Haven for Hope

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Trust: The Basic Bond of Leadership

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

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Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture

Kinitra Brooks, Associate Professor, Department of English, UTSA

Media and the Manufacturing of Stress

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

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Shining a Light on Cancer

Matt Gdovin, Professor, Department of Biology, UTSA

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Learning from Native People in the Amazon Rainforest

Michael Cepek, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UTSA

Automation and the Future of our Workforce

Myric Polhemus, Director of Talent Development, H-E-B

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Education and Inequality

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, SAISD

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Tequila, Mezcal and the Worm

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

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The Contemporary Art Scene and the Future of the McNay

Richard Aste, Director, McNay Art Museum

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Various recipes from Rosemary to the RK Legacy

Rosemary Kowalski, CEO, The RK Group

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Preventing Gentrification: Keeping Generations and Culture in Revitalized Neighborhoods

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

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

The Honorable Charlie Gonzalez, Retired Congressman

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

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

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Creating Kindness: Animal Welfare in San Antonio

Tommy McNish, Founder, PetSwag Box

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The Supreme Court, Excessive Force and Today's Policing

William McManus, Chief, San Antonio Police Department

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