Academic Year 2013-14

Søren Hermansen

Director of the Energy Academy

    Søren Hermansen is the director of the Energy Academy on Samso Island, Denamrk. Mr. Hermann lectured on the importance of sustainable energy and his implementation in the island community of Samsø Island. He gave two lectures. The first was titled “The Great Transition is Starting Now! Experience from Denmark on the Renewable Energy Island of Samsø.

    Jean M. Twenge

    Professor of psychology at San Diego State University

      Jean M. Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 100 scientific publications including The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (with W. Keith Campbell): and Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before. Professor Twenge presented two lectures titled “Generation Me” and “The Narcissism Epidemic”. 

      Chris Martenson

      PhD (Duke) MBA (Cornell)

        Chris Martenson gave two lectures. The first talk was on Monday, October 22nd and titled, The Crash Course:  Why Your Future is at Risk.  He followed with a second lecture on Tuesday, October 23rd, How to Prosper in Our Increasingly Uncertain Future.


        Mark Edmundson

        Professor at the University of Virginia

          Mark Edmundson, Ph.D., teaches at the University of Virginia where he is a University Professor. A prizewinning  scholar, he is also the author of many books. Heis writing has appeared in such publications as the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper’s. He lives in Batesville Va., with his wife and two sons. 

          Nicholas Carr

          Elwin and Helen Farwell Distinguished Lecturer

            Nicholas Carr is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer about technology, culture, and economics. Carr is the author os The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains. He presented a lectured titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid? How Technology Shapes Our Thoughts” and gave the address at spring convocation called “An Invitation to Leaning: The Mind and the Internet”.

            Os Guiness

            Author and Social Critic

              Os Guiness has written more than 30 books of social commentary and on the ultimate questions of life. He has severed at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, the Brookings Institution, the Trinity Forum, and the Williamsburg Charter Foundation. Guinness completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of London, and his D. Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. He lives with his wife, Jenny, in McLean, Va.

              Jim Leach

              Iowa Congressman

                Congressman Jim Leach served as a congressional representative from Iowa for 30 years. After leaving Congress, Leach became chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is now the first University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and serves as a visiting professor of Law at the university’s College of Law. Leach presented his lecture on “The Importance of Inspiration: Leaders Who Made a Difference”.