Ethics

The Restoration of Character: A Primer for Leaders

Posted: November 30, 2020 at 8:44 pm, Last Updated: July 1, 2021 at 2:57 pm

Politicians, police, and clergypersons are but a few of the professions wrought with scandal and corruption today. Everywhere we look, institutions and leaders are plunging into the abyss. Why? What we’re witnessing is the residue of moral and ethical decay and cowardice. It’s easy to think that things are too far gone to right the […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, White Board, and Markers

John Villanueva

How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really Improve Our Lives?

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:20 pm

We read about advances from artificial intelligence (AI) almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have […]

A/V requirements: None

Amarda Shehu

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Nightmare Scenarios: Summoning the Demons?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:18 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Some may think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in terms of Boston Dynamics’ Robot dog, Spot or of software that can defeat the very best human player in Go or Jeopardy. This course is about a much more sinister and serious aspect of AI, the various “nightmare scenarios” that are appearing regularly in the technical literature […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

Lyme Disease: Weaponized for Warfare? Truth or Science Fiction

Posted: July 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm, Last Updated: July 8, 2021 at 2:43 pm

Dr. Boileau, who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors talks about the issue of biochemical warfare and was Lyme disease weaponized for this purpose.

A/V requirements: None

Don Boileau

Foreign Intelligence

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:45 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm

How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.

A/V requirements: None

Robert L. Deitz

Robert L. Deitz

Posted: December 18, 2018 at 8:43 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Lawyer in private practice; general counsel NSA; senior counselor to the direct CIA; professor of public policy.

State and Local Government

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:41 pm

Dr. Shafroth can speak on a variety of topics regarding state and local government.

A/V requirements: None

Frank Shafroth

Scientific Racism: Is this an Oxymoron?

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What’s wrong and what’s right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of race?

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Mary McCutcheon

Ancient Greek Philosophy

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm, Last Updated: July 7, 2021 at 3:44 pm

A general introduction to Greek philosophy, discussing major figures and their ideas, questions, concerns, and writings. Specific philosophers and issues could be presented, including Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras. Areas of discussion include foundations of science, ethics, political theory, cosmology, justice.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin