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November 3: Stanley Bergman and Eddie Bergman (moderated by Joseph Campolo) 


Models of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship
Stanley Bergman is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company headquartered in Melville, NY, and the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. Henry Schein is ranked #1 in its industry on Fortune's 2016 World's Most Admired Companies List. Social responsibility is a hallmark of the company’s charter. "Team Schein" works actively to increase access to health care among underserved populations and to foster grassroots health care and sustainable entrepreneurial economic development initiatives in the United States, Africa and other developing regions of the world.

Eddie Bergman is President of Innovative Development Services (IDS) a full service consulting firm focusing on international and domestic tourism marketing and development as well as real estate management services in New York. Eddie is also Co-CEO of E&E Hospitality Group, which owns and manages restaurants in New York City.  Eddie co‐founded (when he was only 19 years old) and serves as President of the Board of MCW (Miracle Corners of the World), an NGO devoted to empowering youth to make positive change in their communities, with a special focus on Africa.  Eddie was recently appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the economic development program of the African Union, and he has received several humanitarian awards for his work, including the 2009 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Co-sponsors: College of Business, Office for the Integration of Research, Education and Professional Development, School of Dental Medicine, School of Social Welfare

Generous support is provided by our founding sponsors: Protegrity Advisors LLC and the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, as well as Suffolk Federal Credit Union, Cerini & Associates, LLP, and Klein Wealth Management.

Abstract: The Entrepreneurs Edge will feature a lively conversation between Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, and Eddie Bergman, President of MCW Board of Directors and Co-CEO of E7E Hospitality Group, about global business, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. The conversation will be moderated by Joseph Campolo, Chairman of Protegrity Advisors. This event will be the second in the Entrepreneurs Edge series, which showcases successful innovators from Long Island describing their sometimes roundabout and always individual career journeys. Connect with local business leaders at a reception immediately prior to the presentation.

Thursday, November 3, 7 pm,  Student Activities Center (SAC) Auditorium
Reception, 6:30 pm, SAC, Ballroom B

November 10: Jack Dongarra

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An Overview of High Performance Computing and Challenges for the Future 
Jack Dongarra is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. He also holds the title of Distinguished Research Staff in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He has contributed to the design and implementation of open source numerical software packages such as LINPACK, BLAS, LAPACK, and MPI. His LINPACK Benchmark is used to rate the world’s fastest supercomputers culminating in the yearly Top500 list.

Co-sponsor: Institute for Advanced Computational Science Student AssociationGraduate Student Organization

Abstract: In this talk, Professor Dongarra will examine how high performance computing has changed over the last ten years and look toward the future in terms of trends. These changes have had and will continue to have a major impact on our software. A new generation of software libraries and algorithms are needed for the effective and reliable use of (wide area) dynamic, distributed and parallel environments. Some of the software and algorithm challenges have already been encountered, such as management of communication and memory hierarchies through a combination of compile-time and run-time techniques, but the increased scale of computation, depth of memory hierarchies, range of latencies, and increased run-time environment variability will make these problems much harder. His talk will focus on the redesign of software to fit multicore architectures.

Thursday, November 10, 4 pm, Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

October 13: The Guerrilla Girls


Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Make Nice 
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous collective of feminist activist artists. Appearing only in gorilla masks and assuming the names of dead women artists, the group has remained anonymous for over three decades while revealing shocking truths about sexism and prejudice in the art world and beyond. The Guerrilla Girls have created over 100 street projects, posters and stickers all over the world and have a national traveling exhibition of their recent international work, titled Not Ready to Make Nice, now on view at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery in the Staller Center. Part of the Diversity Plan Initiative.

Co-sponsors: Humanities InstituteCollege of Arts and Sciences, Departments of ArtWomen’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

Abstract: In a lively multimedia presentation, two of the Guerrilla Girls discuss the ongoing work of this feminist-activist collective. Beginning with their provocative poster campaigns of the 1980s and continuing with large-scale international projects, their performative presentation shows some of their most influential large-scale campaigns on billboards, museums exteriors and the streets. The Guerrilla Girls will show how they use “facts, humor and fake fur” to expose the discriminatory collecting and exhibiting practices of some of the most powerful art dealers, curators, and collectors. Expanding their work to include non-visual arts media in the 1990s, they’ve taken on everything from the discrimination of women film directors to the environmental crisis. With an introduction by the curator of Not Ready to Make Nice, the presentation is followed by a Q&A with the Guerrilla Girls.

Thursday, October 13, 4 pm, Wang Center Theatre

October 19: L. Scott Lissner


Disability Mentoring Day: Access and Innovation 
L. Scott Lissner is the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for Ohio State University, where he is also an Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and a lecturer for the Moritz College of Law Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies. His teaching and public service inform his work as the university’s disability compliance officer; energize his role in creating seamless access to the full range of the university’s programs and opportunities; and guide his efforts as a catalyst for disability related initiatives. Engaged in community and professional service, Lissner is a past President of the Association on Higher Education and Disability and serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Disability Empowerment and VSA Ohio. Recent presentations on disability issues include a technical assistance tour to Indonesia sponsored by the Department of State, sessions at the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and workshops on building accommodation processes at the Universities of Tokyo and Doshisha in Japan. A panel discussion with Brooke Ellison and Chelsea Marks follows the lecture.

Co-sponsors: Department of Technology and SocietyDisability Support Services, President's Office

Abstract: "Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or 'courage in the face of adversity'... Disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live." As the quote from Neil Marcus suggests, the presence of disability in research labs and the workplace has been a catalyst for innovation. These creative expressions of disability are as commonplace as the telephone, voice menus, telecommuting and document scanning and as cutting edge as the latest in smart environments and biomedical engineering. Setting the context with a brief discussion of the ADA’s intent, L. Scott Lissner, the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at The Ohio State University will look at accommodation as a problem solving process that often leads to creative solutions with broad applications. 

Wednesday, October 19, 3-5 pm, Center for Global Studies and Human Development, Rm. 200
Reception to follow

October 25: Leonard Cassuto


Changing Graduate Education for the 21st Century
Leonard Cassuto, Professor of English and American Studies at Fordham University, has written and spoken widely on the history and future of higher education in the United States. He writes a monthly column on graduate education for The Chronicle of Higher Education and is the author or editor of eight books, including the recent The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard University Press, 2015). Cassuto is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in venues including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and

Co-sponsors: Office for the Integration of Research, Education and Professional DevelopmentHumanities Institute 

Abstract: Higher education researcher and columnist Leonard Cassuto offers a lucid and penetrating analysis of the national state of graduate education. By illuminating the history of how our educational institutions developed and examining the assumptions that perpetuate current problems, Cassuto clearly points toward concrete solutions to redefine the preparation of graduate students and to reinvigorate the public role of graduate education in the United States.

Tuesday, October 25, 4 pm, Humanities Building, Room 1006
Reception to follow

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