Past Keynote Speakers

2015 "Seriously Amazing Moments in Smithsonian Forensic Anthropology and Skeletal Biology"
Dr. Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

2014 "Turn that Frown Upside Down: A Heartwarming Tale of Debt and Deficits in the Modern Economy"
Dr. Stephanie Kelton, professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

2013 "Suffrage Parades, Pickets & Postcards: Images of Vulnerable Bodies & Civic Obligations"
Dr. Catherine H. Palczewski, professor of Communication Studies and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa

2012 "Academic Malpractice? The Ongoing Popularity of Creationism among High School Biology Teachers"
Dr. Randy Moore, professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

2011"Placing Nuns Inside the Women's West: Convent Archives and Academic Research"
Dr. Anne M Butler, profeesor emerita of Utah State University

2010 "Archiving American Literature Online: How the Digital Humanities
Dr. Ed Folsom, Roy J. Carver Professor, University of Iowa

2009 "The Human Genome Project: Why All the Fuss?"
Alan E. Guttmacher, MD. - Acting Director - National Human Genome Research Institute

2008 "Rule of Law: The Holy Grail - What Is It and Why Is It So Difficult to Build?"
Erik Jensen, Advisor to the World Bank & Asian Development Bank

2007 "A New New World: The Democratization of Knowledge, Culture, Politics, and Pretty Much Everything in Between"
Andrew McLaughlin, Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs for Google, Inc. & Senior Fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School

2006 "From Garbage to Stuff: How We Recycle Plastics"
Dr. William F. Carroll, Vice-President, OxyChem, 2005 President of the American Chemical Society

2005 "A Defence of Party Spirit"
Dr. Russ Muirhead, Harvard University

2004 "Small Talk: What It Does and Why It Matters"
Dr. Julia T. Wood, professor of Communication at the Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

2003 "The End of Ethics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit"
John Lantos, MD - University of Chicago School of Medicine & MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

2002 - "The Funds, Friends, and Faith of Happy People"
Dr. David Myers - Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, Hope College

2001 - "Ancient Wisdom & Modern Love"
Dr. David O'Conner - University of Notre Dame