Past Keynotes

Spring 2016 Keynotes

Transforming the Way we Eat: One Chicken at a Time.  Wed April 20 10-11am, Fine Arts Building 165 

PhotoReginaldo Haslett-Marroquin began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988. He served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and as an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He was a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation in 1994. Regi leads an international and local team that has broken new ground in the field of food and agriculture through an innovative Poultry Centered Regenerative Agriculture System he has pioneered. As Chief Operating Officer for Main Street Project, Regi oversees day-to-day operations on food systems development, making sure it aligns with the large-scale goals of creating and anchoring a regenerative global food system. Regi’s personal mission is to continually affect the structural changes that allow for systems work at the national and international levels to be carried out, so that communities can achieve the large-scale goals that need to be met in order to anchor regenerative food system.

Is America Exceptional? Entering the Post-American Century. Thurs April 21 10-11am, Fine Arts Theater

Bill Davnie is a retired U.S. diplomat, who served for 27 years in U.S. embassies abroad and in the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he studied Islamic political thought in Indonesia for a year and was a Presbyterian pastor in rural North Dakota for five years. Since retiring to Minnesota, where he has family roots, he has spoken and written on foreign policy topics for a variety of audiences. He has also traveled to East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He is particularly interested in how the U.S. is seen by other countries, and how America’s history and geography shape the U.S. view of the world.

Spring 2015 Keynotes

Dr. John Buri is a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of St. Thomas and the author of  Intentional Dating: When You Are Ready To Leave Behind The Liars, Losers, and Lemons (2014) and How to Love Your Wife (2006). He is a compelling speaker who presents on topics such as: (a) the keys to a successful marriage, (b) how to keep love alive, (c) the keys to successful parenting, and (d) the keys to successful dating.  His overriding goal is to educate, inspire, and motivate with real-life examples.

YouTube Video: What is love? What makes us good at it? – Dr. John Buri

Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard is a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She has published widely and is an engaging speaker. One of her central research interests is sleep patterns in college students and adolescents.

YouTube Video: Sleep Patterns in College Students – Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard


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