Princeton professor discusses race and U.S. politics, futurist Zolli talks innovation at upcoming public lectures

Three lectures, including David Silke’s talk on South African democracy, are all free and open to the public

Published Nov. 05, 2008

Three distinguished speakers, Andrew Zolli, Melissa Harris-Lacewell and Daniel Silke, are coming to campus as part of the university’s first January mini-term, The Dialogues of Innovation (Jan. 7-23). The Dialogues of Innovation Speaker Series will complement Lynn’s innovative core curriculum, The Dialogues of Learning, by providing students with educational experiences focusing on original ideas, topics, pedagogies and/or experiential learning. But the speeches will also be opportunities for the general public to sit in and hear three world-renowned authorities discussing race, innovation and democracy.

  • Zolli will kick off the series at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, with “Excellence & Innovation: Exploring the Road Ahead.” Zolli, a globally connected leader of the next generation of futurists, will outline the trends that will shape an organization’s future and help audiences respond intelligently to the emerging complex changes. He will discuss patterns and the strategic opportunities emerging at the intersections of brands and demographics, creativity and innovation, design and technology.
  • Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton, will give a presentation, “The Significance in Race in U.S. Politics” at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 12. She is the author of Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, (Princeton 2004), which demonstrates how African Americans develop political ideas through ordinary conversations in places, such as barbershops, churches and popular culture, and which won both the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
  • Silke, a keynote speaker and independent political analyst specializing in South African politics as well as global issues, will present “Emerging Democracies in Southern Africa” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20. A specialist lecturer on issues surrounding globalization and the future of the world, Silke will discuss issues including economic development, tourism, agriculture and transportation in South Africa. He served on the committees of finance, health and gambling and has been chief whip for his political party in Cape Town, South Africa.

All presentations will be held in The Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall on campus. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.