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Get ready, think big

first_imgTen of Harvard’s great minds gathered at Sanders Theatre on Thursday (Feb. 17) for the second annual Harvard Thinks Big, a student-organized discussion in which 10 speakers each took 10 minutes to explore a topic near and dear to their hearts.The night included discussions of everything from democracy to the dimensions of the universe to moral reasoning to music.Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig focused on his fears for the future of American democracy. In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he told the crowd, we have to “convince a reluctant nation to wage a war to save democracy.”Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig discussed his fears for the future of American democracy. He worried that members of Congress are neglecting their constituents, spending too much time raising money for re-election. In the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he told the crowd, we have to “convince a reluctant nation to wage a war to save democracy.”Lecturer on music Richard Beaudoin urged students to stop and listen to songs. He explored musical time, demonstrating how two musical lines can exist together, with a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach.Lisa Randall’s work resembles something out of “Star Trek.” A theoretical physicist, she studies the building blocks of matter and the makeup of the cosmos. During her time, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science said there might be extra dimensions to the universe.“It could be that we are only seeing some small plane inside a higher visual world.”Joshua Greene compared the human brain to a camera during a discussion titled “Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality.” The assistant professor of psychology and director of Harvard’s Moral Cognition Lab studies the moral dimensions of decision-making. He said the brain is designed with an automatic mode, like that on a camera, that is set to respond to certain moral dilemmas. The trouble, argued Greene, is that the ingrained automatic responses that guide some judgments may not be as effective in addressing modern complex moral problems, such as global warming.Joshua Greene compared the human brain to a camera during a discussion titled “Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality.” The trouble, argued Greene, is that the ingrained automatic responses that guide some judgments may not be as effective in addressing modern complex moral problems, such as global warming.“It may be time to put ourselves, put our moral values, in manual mode.”Harvard Thinks Big 2 included a new twist, a brief video in which several students presented their own big ideas to the crowd.One discussed creating a class on modern day slavery and spurring academic activism. Another hoped to develop a Facebook page to allow teachers to share resources. An undergraduate, concerned with reducing stress for students, proposed creating a space on campus where they can play with toys. A native of Zimbabwe spoke about founding a nonprofit in his homeland aimed at jump-starting leadership in his country.“We want this to be a festival of Harvard ideas and an inspiration to the people in the crowd that big ideas drive our world forward, and that discussing them, thinking about them, coming up with your own, testing them out, implementing them, are really … what we should be doing,” said Peter Davis ’12, who founded the event along with Derek Flanzraich ’10.The popular program is modeled after the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) talks, the brief lectures delivered at the annual TED conference devoted to “ideas worth spreading.”Like last year, organizers polled the undergraduate community in the fall, looking for speaker nominations. While familiar Harvard luminaries rose to the top, lesser known professors and lecturers also generated a buzz.“There are cult figures within these departments that many people don’t know about outside of the department,” said Davis, referencing as examples Beaudoin in the Music Department and scientist and dark matter guru Randall in the Department of Physics. “It was great to discover them. If there was a lot exclamation marks [on the surveys], we usually took a look at the professor.”Davis and Zachary Richner ’11 co-directed this year’s event, which was produced in collaboration with Harvard Undergrad TV (HUTV) and Harvard’s Office of Student Life’s College Events Board, with help from Randa Dreznick ’12. To view Harvard Thinks Big participants.“Beauty as a Call to Justice” was the title of Elaine Scarry’s 10-minute lecture. Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value and a senior fellow of the Society of Fellows.last_img read more

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September 1, 2004 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Wm. Scott Patterson presented a CLE program titled, “Representing Policyholder in Insurance Coverage Disputes” at the MICPEL Insurance Law Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Orlando Jeffrey of Thompson,Caroline Cranton and Lawrence Kolin of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., in Orlando spoke on “Medical Litigation Involving the Frail Elderly” at the Seventh Annual Summer Conference for Geriatric Medicine for the Primary Care Physician, presented by Orlando Regional Healthcare at Lake Buena Vista. Peter J. Tucci of Piper Rudnick was recently awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor by President Chirac of the French Republic. Michael G. Dyer of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay in Daytona Beach has been appointed to serve as a reporter for the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter for the Atlantic region and as an adjunct professor at the Nova Southeastern University Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services in the area of education law. Michael R. Goldstein of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Florida Brownfields Association for a second term. Trent H. Cotney, a construction attorney at Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., hosted the 1 st A nnual West Coast Roofing Contractors’ Association continuing education seminar, where he spoke on topics relating to construction contracts. Thomas J. Ellwanger, a shareholder with the law firm of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the Hillsborough Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Gary Resnick of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole & Boniske spoke about local governments’ perspective with respect to communications services in Florida at the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association’s Annual Conference in Sarasota. Spencer Aronfeld of Coral Gables spoke about selecting the right client, preparing both the client and himself for the stress of trial, among other topics, at the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers’ 2004 Auto Negligence Seminar. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the advisory board of The Sterling Aventura, an assisted living community in Aventura. William E. Curphey of William E. Curphey & Associates in Clearwater recently returned from a month in India where he conducted a series of seminars on business consulting and collaborative negotiation to the Indian employees of U.S. based companies. Andre D. Pierre of Douthit, Murray & Pierre, P.A., in Miami spoke at the Haitian Lawyers Association town forum on “How Crimes/Arrests May Jeopardize Your Immigration Status.” Scott C. Murray, partner of Ricci Leopold, P.A., joined the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society in Palm Beach County. William J. Schifino, Jr., of Tampa has been elected president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Robert A. Kingsford of Kingsford & Rock, P.A., was a co-presenter of the seminar “Demystifying Health Care Billing” at the recent Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee conference in Orlando. Lee W. Marcus and Ernest J. Myers of Orlando presented “Avoiding Bad Faith in the Fraud Investigation” as part of a Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee event in Orlando. Manuel Dobrinsky of Miami’s Freidin & Brown, P.A., has been elected to the board of directors of Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers for a two-year term. Michael J. McGirney of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Tampa spoke to a Miami chapter of the American Society for Home Inspectors on “The Effect of Liability Limitation and Arbitration Clauses in Home Inspector’s Contracts.” Richard C. McCrea, Jr., of Zinober & McCrea in Tampa, has become board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Roy M. Hartman of Miami spoke on the topic of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the corresponding SEC rules, and the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board at the 18th Annual CPA-Attorney Continuing Education Seminar. Hunter W. Carroll of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg has been elected chair of the St. Petersburg Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. Hale E. Sheppard of Sharp, Smith, & Harrison, P.A., in Tampa had the following articles published: “The Impact of Recent Events on Section 911: Rocking the Boat or Capsizing the Vessel?” in Tax Notes International and Worldwide Tax Daily ; “The Foreign Earned Income Exclusion: U.S. International Tax Policy, Political Reality, and the Need to Understand How the Two Intertwine” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law ; “The New Federal-State Tax Enforcement Alliance: Carrots, Sticks and Implications for Taxpayers,” Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives ; “Fight or Flight of U.S.-Based Multinational Businesses: Analyzing the Causes for, Effects of, and Solutions to the Corporate Inversion Trend,” Northwestern University Journal of International Law and Business; “Rethinking Tax-Based Export Incentives: Converting Repeated Defeats Before the WTO Into Positive Tax Policy,” University of Texas International Law Journal. Brian L. Tannebaum of Miami has been elected to the board of directors of Hands On Miami. Richard L. Allen of Mateer Harbert in Altamonte Springs spoke about ways to avoid litigation and best practices in the healthcare industry to the staff of Innovative Nursing in Altamonte Springs. Dan Thomas of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. Melissa N. Beigel, a recent University of Miami School of Law graduate, won this year’s Spencer Aronfeld Award for Public Justice for demonstrating outstanding advocacy skills in public service while in law school. Brian K. Duffey of Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton has been elected to the board of directors of the New Pines Foundation/Boys & Girls Club. John C. Clough of Quarles & Brady in Naples has been elected president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Collier County Bar Association. Kenneth Spiegelman of Robert Rubenstein, P.A., spoke on the topic of medical depositions at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America convention in Boston. He also presented “How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Florida,” at a seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute in Miami. Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., in Ft. Myers has received an Award of Distinction as part of the 18th Annual Southwest Florida Image Awards competition for its new firm brochure. Silvia M. Alderman of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee was presented with a Joint Proclamation of the City and County Commissions, recognizing more than 14 years of outstanding service to the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Commission. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach has been elected to the Economic Advisory Council of InternetCoast. Wendy S. Loquasto of Tallahassee was elected public relations officer for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Wendy M. Pardew of Carlton Fields in Orlando has been appointed to the Public Art Advisory Board. Steven Sloane Newburgh of Fowler White Burnett P.A., in West Palm Beach has been elected to the board of directors of the World Trade Center — Palm Beach. Roger Slade of Pathman Lewis in Miami has been named to the business advisory board for Carlos Albizu University. Jason E. Havens of Destin has become editor of the “Technology: Probate” column of Probate & Property — a publication of the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law. Ena T. Diaz of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami has been appointed to the Citizens Board of the University of Miami. Robert L. Parks of Haggard, Parks, Haggard, and Bologna in Coral Gables has been re-elected to a three-year term to the board of directors of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. Patricia Lowry received the 21st Annual Women in Leadership Award for the Private Sector from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.The town of Zolfo Springs has named its newly renovated town hall and civic center after Gerald T. Buhr, in recognitiion of Buhr’s legal services to the town. John C. Clough, of Quarles & Brady in Naples has been elected to the board of directors of the Naples branch of the YMCA. Richard N.V. Norat of Ft. Lauderdale presented “Aviation Safety and Compliance Audits – A System Safety Approach” at the summer meeting of the Lawyer-Pilots’ Bar Association in Sunriver, Oregon. Garrett J. Biondo was recently sworn in as secretary of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Biondo also recently spoke to the paralegal section of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on “Preparing and Organizing a Case for Trial” at the organization’s annual convention in West Palm Beach. Rick Ellsley of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on the topic of maximizing damages at the 2004 Auto Negligence Seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He also lectured on invasion of privacy at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. William W. Corry received the 2004 Gold Eagle Award and Staff Appreciation Award from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers at their annual convention in Palm Beach. He also has been appointed to the academy’s board of directors for 2004-2005. Courtney B. Ross of Hiday & Ricke, P.A., in Jacksonville spoke about “Litigation & Post-Judgment Collection Law in Florida” at a seminar in Miami. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando recently spoke about insurance coverage and insurance bad faith to attorneys representing both policyholders and insurers in Chicago. He also recently spoke about Florida statutes and insurance claims to client administrators in Philadelphia. Frank M. Petosa of Petosa & Associates in Boca Raton was a featured speaker on “Nursing Home Legislative Changes and Case Law Update” at the 2004 Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar, sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Palm Beach. Bill Simonitsch of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Miami has been elected treasurer of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. Jason J. Guari of Ricci-Leopold was elected treasurer of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section. James Bacchus of Greenberg Traurig has been elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Eduardo Palmer presented “International Arbitration in Spain and the Americas” at the ICDR international arbitration conference in Madrid. Theodore J. Leopold of Ricci-Leopold in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected to a one year term to the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Board of Directors. Kat Silverglate will serve on the faculty of the Professional Digital Imaging Association’s Knowledge College, as an online expert, writing periodic articles for the association’s quarterly magazine, Great Output. Michael T. Haire of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap recently spoke at the Lorman Education seminar, Advances in Environmental Mold Issues, on the subject of Chapter 558, Florida’s new residential construction claims statute. Rafael Suarez-Rivas of the Miami City Attorneys Office spoke on Ethics, Protests, and Debarment to the Greater Miami Chapter of the NIGP, and at the Purchasing Law in Florida Seminar, held in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Pamela M. Gordon of Ft. Lauderdale’s Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum has been elected vice president of the Caribbean Bar Association and has also been recently elected treasurer of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Joelle C. Sharman of Adorno & Yoss, spoke on the topic of “own occupation” distinction in disability insurance policies at the American Conference Institute’s Litigating Disability Claims Conference in Boston. Jeff Jonasen of Baker & Hostetler has been elected treasurer for the University of Florida Alumni Association. Scott Johnson of Moran & Shamsin Orlando has been recognized as the July Allied Member of the Month by the Central Florida Hotel Lodging Association. Summer L. Hackley of Hackley & Serrone in Weston has been named to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Harvey Miller of Rachlin Cohen & Holtz has been named an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese was recognized for 12 years perfect attendance by the Lake Wales Kiwanis Club. September 1, 2004 News and Notes September 1, 2004 News & Noteslast_img read more