Schedule — Saturday, September 7, 2013
Check In and Meet Up
Howard has led the Stanford Alumni Association and its staff since 2001. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, with distinction, from Stanford in 1980 and his MBA from Harvard in 1985. Before his appointment as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association, he worked as both an entrepreneur and business manager in the publishing and commercial real estate development and management industries. An active alum and volunteer, as well as an avid Stanford athletics fan, he received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. In addition to his Alumni Association role, Howard is one of eight officers of the University and part of its senior management team, with particular responsibility for advising the University's president and the provost on alumni affairs.
Remarks and Q&A
President of Stanford University since 2000, John L. Hennessy is the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship. He joined the faculty in 1977 and since then has served as chair of computer science, dean of the School of Engineering and provost. A pioneer in computer architecture, his technology revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. He has lectured and published widely and co-authored two textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy has received numerous honors, including the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award.
Britos Cavagnaro teaches students of all disciplines how to build their creative confidence to become engines of innovation in teams and organizations. She obtained her PhD in developmental biology from the School of Medicine and is a former member of the Research in Education & Design Lab (REDlab) at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. She has taught design thinking, creativity and innovation to hundreds of teachers and students of all ages, as well as corporate and nonprofit leaders around the world. Last summer, she engaged thousands of people from more than 130 countries in an experiential Design Thinking Action Lab online course via Stanford Online.
Forging a New Immigration System for the United States
At Stanford since 2001, he works at the intersection of law, public policy and political science. Professor Cuéllar’s research and teaching focus on administrative law; executive power; and the ways organizations implement public health and safety, migration, and international security in a changing world. He has served on the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States to improve the efficiency and fairness of federal regulatory programs. He was also a special assistant to President Obama for justice and regulatory policy at the White House where he led work on borders and immigration, public health and food safety, criminal justice and drug policy, regulatory reform, civil rights, and rural and agricultural policy. In addition, Professor Cuéllar co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group.
Acting with Power
A social psychologist, she examines how people respond to their own power and powerlessness. The author of numerous articles on power and on group behavior, Professor Gruenfeld teaches in many of Stanford’s executive education programs. She co-directs the Stanford Executive Program for Women Leaders, is a member of LeanIn.org’s board of directors and is developing a curriculum for educating women and girls in developing economies. Professor Gruenfeld joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000, where she has served as the area head of organizational behavior, a member of the dean’s advisory group and a member of the MBA admissions advisory board. Before starting her academic career, she worked as a journalist and public relations consultant.
How Multitasking Is Affecting the Way You Think
He directs the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab, focusing on the psychology and design of how people interact with technology, and the Revs Program at Stanford, a transdisciplinary approach to the past, present and future of the automobile. Professor Nass has written three books: The Media Equation, Wired for Speech and The Man Who Lied to His Laptop. He has consulted on the design of over 250 media products and services.
The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Finding the Care in Caring
A dedicated and inspiring teacher of medicine at the bedside, he is a sought-after clinician and diagnostician. In addition to his medical training, Abraham attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he obtained a master of fine arts. An accomplished author, he chronicled AIDS in rural Tennessee in a memoir, My Own Country, a complex friendship in another memoir, The Tennis Partner, and the lives of twin orphans in his novel, Cutting for Stone. Abraham has published extensively in medical literature, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and infectious diseases and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Design Thinking: Predicting the Future by Inventing It
Design thinking is a creative process for solving problems, driving a culture of human-centered innovation in organizations big and small. At Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, affectionately called the d.school, students of all disciplines learn this process as a common language for radical collaboration. As they go out into the world, the students’ creative confidence and world-class knowledge ensure that Stanford continues to shape the future of the planet. In this workshop, Professor Cavagnaro will put you at the center of a d.school experience and give you the opportunity to learn the skills and mindsets of design thinking in a hands-on collaborative way.
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, PhD ’11, is the deputy director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), where she teaches design thinking, creativity and innovation.
Migration and the Future of the Nation-State
The nation-state remains a defining feature of our world. But while talk of citizenship and national borders is commonplace in both industrialized countries and the developing world, powerful trends may reshape the state in the decades to come. How is immigration affecting advanced industrialized countries? What is the role of migration in a world connected by trade, information and capital flows? What is the future of citizenship? By understanding the choices countries face concerning migration and other transnational flows, we can better appreciate how regions and nation-states develop in an evolving and insecure world.
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, MA ’96, PhD ’00, is the director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Morrison Professor of Law and a professor of political science (by courtesy). He works at the intersection of administrative law and governance and transnational security.
Playing High, Playing Low and Playing It Straight: The Nuts and Bolts of Acting with Power
Working well with others is critical to professional success, yet many people struggle with “authority issues” that can block their progress. Professor Deborah Gruenfeld combines research on the psychology of power with the acting skills of the theater to show how our nonverbal behavior affects the way we are perceived in a hierarchy. In this workshop, learn how to use body language for influence, including how to “play high” when we want to be authoritative, and “play low” when it’s more advantageous to be approachable.
Deborah Gruenfeld is the Moghadam Family Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. A social psychologist, she examines how people respond to their own power and powerlessness.
Media, Multitasking and the Future of Automobiles
The growth of media multitasking has been one of the most radical changes in the 21st century; it has even changed the wiring of our brains. We will discuss how this radical shift in media use has affected our and our children’s ability to think clearly and to have healthy social and emotional lives. Surprisingly, one of the domains most affected by media multitasking is the automobile, including cars that drive themselves. Professor Cliff Nass will discuss how these changes will impact the future of driving.
Clifford Nass is the Storke Professor and director of the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media Lab and the Revs Program at Stanford.
Touching Where It Hurts: The Bedside Exam in the Genomic Era
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Diagnostic information provided by the bedside exam remains valuable yet is eclipsed by today’s healthcare technology. The decline in bedside skills compromises the ability to make simple diagnoses through the traditional physical exam. Physician and writer Abraham Verghese explores the ethnography of the bedside ritual and the heart of the patient and physician relationship.
Abraham Verghese is a professor and senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine. He is also the author of a best-selling novel, Cutting for Stone.
Informal Meet Ups
River Seine Cruise and Reception
Look Who Connected
|First Name||Last Name||Degree(s)||Parent Year(s)||City||Country|
|Rob||Campbell||DMA '85||Den Haag||Netherlands|
|Jene||Elzie||'95, MA '96|
Special thanks to all the Stanford+Connects Europe Connectors without whose help this event would not have been possible. See all local connectors.
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Dive deeper with these additional resources recommended by the Stanford+Connects Europe speakers
- Abraham Verghese recommends: Stanford Medicine 25 Blog: An Initiative to Revive the Art of Bedside Medicine
- Chris Gerdes recommends: Revs Program at Stanford: Connecting the past, present and future of the automobiles
- Deborah Gruenfeld recommends: Impro: Improvisation and Theatre, by Keith Johnston and Irving Wardle
- Deborah Gruenfeld recommends: Bio Motion Lab, a scientific system for rating perceived attributes of walkers