RICHARD ELMORE: The Future of Learning And The Prospects for Schooling: October 10, 7:30PM, The Hotchkiss School

Harvard University Professor Richard Elmore says the nature of learning will be transformed over the next decade. He says the development of the neuroscience of learning and the increasing presence of digital culture will likely result in a steadily increasing divergence between “learning” as an individual and social activity and “schooling” as the formal institutionalized form of learning.

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ELIZABETH KOLBERT: The Sixth Extinction 7:30PM, May 2, 2014, The Salisbury School

The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert has spent more than ten years traveling around the world interviewing top scientists and people living near the north pole to get to the heart of the debate about global warming. Her ground breaking three part series “The Climate of Man” in The New Yorker won the 2005 National Magazine Award in the “Public Interest” category. Her book Field Notes From A Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change in 2006 asked what, if anything, could be done to save our planet.

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NICHOLAS SCOVILLE: A Life In Science: Exploring The Universe, 7:30PM, October 18, 2013 The Hotchkiss School

Nicholas Scoville, Ph.D. has spent a half century in astrophisics studying star formations, galactic structures and the evolution of galaxies.

He says “The last 50 years has been an unparalleled time of discovery in astronomy and astrophysics. With new technologies in space and on the ground, we are now seeing galaxies back in time to when the universe was only 5% of its present age.”

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