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CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS is an annual presidential program showcasing distinguished scholars at the forefront of their fields and at the vanguard of shaping how we understand the vital issues, questions and challenges facing our 21st century world.

Celebrating UB’s longstanding history of intellectual leadership and innovation, this new university tradition will be a vital forum for timely, insightful dialogue about key issues shaping the world around us. The CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS program will spotlight prominent scholars who are leading the conversation about major societal questions and challenges with broad-ranging, cross-disciplinary relevance and impact.  From global health concerns and contemporary cultural debates to technological trends and socioeconomic challenges, these are the topics that cut across disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders to shape daily life for us all.

Held annually in conjunction with the start of the academic year, each program will feature a keynote address, free and open to the public, as well as multiple opportunities for students, faculty, staff and others to interact with these distinguished visitors.

Join us on Sept. 9-10, 2013, as we welcome the inaugural lecturer in the CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS program: Dr. Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates chair in Computer Science & Engineering, and founding director of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. One of the world’s foremost scholars in the area of high-performance computing and communication systems, Dr. Lazowska will share his unique insights into the modern “big data” paradigm — a topic of far-reaching societal impact and implications for the future.

Monday, September 9, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.

Panel discussion on Diversity and STEM Fields

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.