Monthly Archives: October 2013

Adrian Johns – Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History and Chair, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago


Adrian Johns is a professor in the Department of History and chairs the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age. His first book, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, won the Leo Gershoy Award of the American Historical Association, the John Ben Snow Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies, the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the SHARP Prize for the best work on the history of authorship, reading and publishing. Adrian has also published widely in the history of science and the history of the book. His current research focuses on two main areas: “Pharmacopoeias: print, authenticity, and modernity”; and “Mr. Smith Goes to Tokyo,” a study of Erasmus Peshine Smith, an American political economist, lawyer, and natural scientist who became the trade and foreign affairs advisor to Japan in the 1870s.

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Laura Hosman – Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology


Laura Hosman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to IIT, Professor Hosman was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and a Postdoctoral Researcher at USC’s Institute for Communication Technology Management at the Marshall School of Business. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from USC. She was the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award in IIT’s Interprofessional Projects Program (IPRO). Her current research focuses on the role for information and communications technology (ICT) in developing countries, particularly in terms of its potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and economic growth. Her work focuses on two main areas: Public-Private Partnerships and ICT-in-education, both with a focus on the developing world. Her research has been published in Information Technology for Development, Review of Policy Research, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, and Journal of Business Systems Governance and Ethics, among others.

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John Zumbrunnen – Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin Madison and Director, American Democracy Forum


John Zumbrunnen has wide-ranging interests in the history of political thought, democratic theory, American political thought, and the philosophy of social science. Much of Zumbrunnen’s published scholarship works at the intersection of Greek political thought and contemporary democratic theory, seeking in particular to recover ancient texts as resources for our thinking about the place and potential of ordinary citizens in mass democracy. In addition to this ongoing interest in the Greeks, he is currently at work on a projection on education, self-education and democracy in American poltiical thought. Zumbrunnen’s first book, Silence and Democracy: Athenian Politics in Thucydides’ History, was published by Penn State University Press in May 2008. His second book, Aristophanic Comedy and the Challenge of Democratic Citizenship was published by the University of Rochester Press/Boydell & Brewer in 2012. His work has appeared in The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Polity, History of Political Thought and Political Behavior as well as in various edited volumes. Zumbrunnen also directs the American Democracy Forum, a program that aims to encourage conversations about the founding principles of American political thought and the place of those principles in the ongoing practice of American democracy.

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Lori Andrews – Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology, IIT Kent College of Law


Lori Andrews is an internationally recognized expert on emerging technologies. Her most recent book is I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy (2012). She has created a Social Network Constitution. Professor Andrews is a distinguished professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent and director of IIT’s Institute for Science, Law and Technology. Her path-breaking litigation about technologies caused the National Law Journal to list her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Professor Andrews has been involved in setting policies for genetic technologies. She has been an adviser on genetic and reproductive technology to Congress, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and several foreign nations, including the emirate of Dubai and the French National Assembly. Her media appearances include “Nightline” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and virtually every major program in between. Professor Andrews is the author of 11 nonfiction books and more than 150 articles on biotechnology, genetics and social networks. Professor Andrews is also the author of three mysteries involving a fictional geneticist: sequence (2006), the silent assassin (2007) and immunity (2008).

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Fred Block – Research Professor of Sociology, UC Davis


Fred Block’s research interests center on economic and political sociology, sociological theory, and the sociology of warfare. For the past six years he has been researching the activities of the U.S. government in support of the commercialization of new technologies. He argues that these efforts are far more widespread than most analysts have recognized. The programs are “hidden” because they are rarely discussed by journalists or academics, they run counter to the prevailing “free market” ideas, and they operate in a decentralized fashion that makes it difficult to track their impact. With a group of collaborators and the co-editorship of Matthew R. Keller, he completed an edited volume on these programs entitled State of Innovation: The U.S. Government’s Role in Technology Development. His new book The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, co-authored by Margaret R. Somers, will be published by Harvard University Press this spring, and it focuses on the social and economic theory of Karl Polanyi, who is increasingly considered one of the major social scientists of the 20th century.

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Kurt Haunfelner – Vice President of Exhibits & Collections at Museum of Science and Industry


Kurt Haunfelner is Vice President of Exhibits and Collections at the Museum of Science and Industry, where he is responsible for the conception, design, budgeting, execution and management of the next generation of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Since joining the Museum in August 2002, Mr. Haunfelner has overseen the nationally recognized completion of the $35 million U-505 submarine restoration (2005); creation of the Museum’s 2,600sf showcase for green living, Smart Home: Green + Wired (2008-present); the design and premiere of the Museum’s 16,000sf exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius (2006); and a host of temporary exhibitions. Mr. Haunfelner has most recently led the design and execution of a new generation of award-winning permanent exhibitions at MSI – You! The Experience (October 2009), Science Storms (March 2010), and Destination Mars (2015-16). He is currently working on plans for upcoming exhibitions on nano-technology, the future of energy and a ground-breaking traveling exhibit, Robot Revolution, scheduled to premiere at MSI in spring 2014, followed by a national and international tour. Prior to joining the Museum, Mr. Haunfelner held senior creative development and project management positions in the theme park, museum and public attraction fields. He served as Director of Show Production for Warner Brothers Movie World Madrid and for ten years, he held senior roles as a project manager and creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering, during which he participated in the development of several groundbreaking projects including EPCOT Center, Florida; and Euro Disneyland, Paris, France.

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