An Evening with Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian HeadshotAlexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media site Reddit and author of “Without Their Permission” will speak on Saturday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Duane Physics G1B30. After a speech given by Ohanian, a “fireside chat” with Teju Ravilochan will commence, a CU alum and co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute. The Unreasonable Institute is an organization based in Boulder, Colorado dedicated to providing entrepreneurs the resources and connections needed to create meaningful and impactful ventures.

The evening will end with a Q&A session and a book signing open to the public for Ohanian’s recent book “Without Their Permission”. Books will be available for $27.00 plus tax at the event. Cash, credit cards and personal checks will all be acceptable forms of payment.

Doors to the event will open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until seating is fully occupied or the event begins. Tickets will be free at the door on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event will be run by the CU Distinguished Speakers Board.

Alex Ohanian currently advises and invests in over seventy tech startups. He has spoken at conferences such as TED and the Clinton Global Initiative and spoken to companies such as Google and Betaworks. He was named on Forbes 30 under 30 list for two years in a row, before he actually turned 30. His new book, “Without Their Permission”, shares “ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good” and along the way share his experiences and philosophies with young entrepreneurs.

An Evening With Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku
The Distinguished Speakers Board at the University of Colorado is thrilled to announce their first fall event. Michio Kaku, a prominent theoretical physicist and two-time New York Times best selling author will be speaking on Thursday, October 3rd, at CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall. Doors will be opened at 6:45 pm and Dr. Kaku will begin his speech at 7:30 pm.

Kaku will be delivering a visionary lecture entitled “The Next 20 years: How science will revolutionize business, medicine, jobs, and our way of life”, which will inform the audience about the future of science and society. The hour-long lecture will be followed by a half-hour Q&A session with members of the audience.

Dr. Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, a cutting-edge branch of physics, that continues Albert Einstein’s search for a “theory of everything” to derive an equation that summarizes all the physical laws of the universe. A popularizer of science, he has enjoyed a distinguished career as an author and television personality. He is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Physics of the Future (2011), which was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Books of 2011, and Physics of the Impossible (2008). He has appeared on television numerous times, with appearances on the Larry King Show, 60 Minutes, the Colbert Report, and CNN to name a few, been featured in documentaries and hosted many of his own, and runs a national weekly radio program called Science Fantastic. Furthermore, he will be prominently featured in the Science Channel’s new series ‘Futurescape”, premiering in November.

“The Distinguished Speakers Board is incredibly excited to be hosting Michio Kaku here at the University of Colorado”, said Kelsey Berlinberg, chair of the board. “Given the university’s reputation as a leading institution in physics and science research, Dr. Kaku’s immense knowledge in those fields is sure to inspire our students, researchers, and community members.” Another board member, Reed Chervin, feels that “Dr. Kaku will expose the audience to science’s integral role in human progress.”

Thanks for a great year!

We’d like to thank the students of CU Boulder and all of the community members who made our past year such a success. We’re currently in the process of selecting our speakers for the coming school year. Stay tuned for updates, and like us on facebook for the latest updates on upcoming events. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from our sold out Neil deGrasse Tyson event.

Stay distinguished folks. And see you next year!

~ University of Colorado Distinguished Speakers Board

Sam Harris to speak at CU Boulder

The CU Distinguished Speakers Board is excited to announce that neuroscientist and New York Times Best Selling author Sam Harris will be speaking at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall on March 5th, 2012. Dr. Harris will be speaking on the illusion of free will and the moral and scientific implications of recent discoveries that many of the mechanisms that govern human behavior are random. The talk will be followed by a half hour question and answer session with members of the audience.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:45pm, and the speech will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $2 for CU students with valid student ID and $10 dollars for community members. Tickets will go on sale Monday, February 20th at noon. After that, student tickets will be available at the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at macky.colorado.edu. Please contact cudsb@colorado.edu for hearing impaired tickets. Food and beverages, as well as backpacks, skateboards, cameras, and video recording equipment are prohibited from being brought into the auditorium.Dr. Harris has enjoyed a distinguished career as an author, with his 2004 novel The End of Faith appearing on the New York Times best seller list for 33 consecutive weeks. Dr. Harris is also the founder and CEO of Project Reason, a non profit foundation aimed at the promotion of scientific knowledge and secular values within society. Dr. Harris has previously spoken at a number of prominent campuses including Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard University, and has made numerous media appearances including The O’Reilly Factor, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and various TED conferences.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at CU Boulder

The CU Distinguished Speakers Board is proud to announce that renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be speaking at the University of Colorado’s Macky Concert Hall Auditorium on February 15th, 2012. Dr. Tyson will be speaking on the collective expectations of humanity’s progress in space exploration and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic obstacles that must be overcome to achieve them. The talk will be followed by a half hour question and answer session with members of the audience.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:45pm, and the speech will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $2 for CU students with valid student ID and $15 dollars for community members. Student tickets can be purchased from the Distinguished Speakers Board table on the first floor of the University Memorial Center, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Community tickets can be purchased at macky.colorado.edu. Please contact cudsb@colorado.edu for hearing impaired tickets. Food and beverages, as well as backpacks, skateboards, cameras, and video recording equipment are prohibited from being brought into the auditorium.

Dr. Tyson is the current Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, as well as a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Tyson is the host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and will also be featured on the sequel to Carl Sagan’s award-winning television series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Dr. Tyson earned his BA in Physics from Harvard University and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University. A regular on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Mahr, Dr. Tyson is well regarded in both the scientific community and popular culture for both his distinguished research career and his efforts to make science more interesting and accessible to the American public.

Make sure you check out the facebook page for an opportunity to win two VIP tickets, two passes to the official reception, and a photo opportunity with Dr. Tyson: https://www.facebook.com/events/283192638401847/

New Members!

The Distinguished Speakers Board is pleased to welcome Kelsey Berlinberg, Noraly Cazares, and Nicholas Kanner as its newest board members. We look forward to working with them to bring even more great speakers to the University of Colorado in the near future.

Welcome to the new cudsb.com!

As you’ve no doubt noticed, we’ve updated our website to be a little more user friendly. Make sure to check back often or subscribe for up to the minute information on new speakers and events.

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