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The Conversation: Thursday, February 18th 2016


Global Leadership and Sustainability; Roberto Zucco?; The Future of Food; Comfortably Unaware

Global Leadership and Sustainability: Dr. Neal Lane

Neal Lane

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Dr. Neal Lane

There still may be many jokes about tech geeks but there is little funny about the need for clear public policy on science and technology. This week, Dr. Neal Lane is Honolulu to engage in a discussion about how to translate science into public policy. His visit is part of the Hawaii Pacific University’s lecture series on global leadership and sustainability. Dr. Neal Lane served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and director of the National Science Foundation under President Clinton. Dr. Lane is now a Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Tonight at 5:30 he’ll speak at Aloha Tower marketplace about the challenges of translating scientific knowledge into public policy.

  • Intro Music: Natural Green by Blazo
  • Outro Music: Cascade by Ryan Helsing and Matthew Saltz

Roberto Zucco: Taurie Kinoshita

Taurie Kinoshita

There are reasons to believe there’s a darkness inside us… and that we ignore it at our peril.   For many, the theater of cruelty can isolate those dark impulses within the safe confines of the stage and provide a kind of cathartic release. Director Taurie Kinoshita’s new Theatre 260 production asks us to consider just what it is, either in society or in ourselves, that holds those evil impulses in check.   The show is Roberto Zucco, and it will be performed at Windward Community College’s Palik? Theatre March 11th through the 20th.

  • Intro Music: Robert Zucco: Le Pacte by Dennis Gougeon
  • Outro Music: Robert Zucco: Musique Du Bar by Dennis Gougeon

The Future of Food: Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman

Ask most kids where their food comes from and you’ll probably hear some variation on this answer:  “the store.” For years the disconnect between how we feed ourselves in Hawaii has been challenged by the campaign to eat what’s produced locally and while a lot of that does show up in the store, how we could produce more food for local consumption remains an ongoing conversation. Former New York Times writer Mark Bittman has been driving some of the national conversation and he’s in Honolulu this week to weigh in on the Hawaii variety. His free public lecture “The Future of Food” takes place tonight at  6 pm at the UH M?noa Architecture Auditorium.

  • Intro Music: Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by The Pretenders
  • Outro Music: Northern Sunsets by Vibrasphere


Comfortably Unaware: Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Richard Oppenlander

Dr. Richard Oppenlander thinks we may be kidding ourselves. His concern is the relationship between what we eat and what we’re doing to our planet, and he says we live in an age of “pseudo-sustainability” and if we really want to save our planet, we need to get past our current “comfortably unaware” state of mind.  That’s the title of his new book and he’s coming to Hawaii in April to talk about it.  Prior to his arrival we asked him what it is we’re “comfortably unaware” of. Dr. Oppenlander will speak to the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii at the Ala Wai Golf Club House at 7 pm on April 12th and April 14th at the Cameron Center in Kahului, Maui.  Both are free and open to the public.

  • Intro Music: Bonus, Comfortably Numb by Blackburner
  • Outro Music: Comfortably Numb by The August Empire
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