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The Penn State Forum Speaker Series is a Faculty/Staff Club event that is co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and is open to the general public. The luncheons, modeled after the National Press Club Speaker Series, include a presentation by an invited speaker, followed by audience questions.

Pedro A. Cortes

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Pedro A. Cortes, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Title: "A Historical Perspective on Voting in Pennsylvania" Cortes was nominated as secretary of the commonwealth by Gov. Edward G. Rendell on April 2, 2003, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, making him the first confirmed Latino cabinet member in Pennsylvania history. Previously Cortes was the executive director of the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on…

Richard Alley

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Richard B. Alley

Title: "It's worse and better than we thought: the meaning of global warming" Dr. Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the Earth System Science Center at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he has worked since 1988. He was graduated with the Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison…

Kent Vrana

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Kent E. Vrana, the Elliot S. Vesell professor and chair of pharmacology in the Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

"Stem Cell Biology: The Good and the Bad" Vrana received his bachelor of science degree with honors in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1978 and his doctorate in biochemistry (pharmacology minor) from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1983. His post-doctoral fellowship training was in embryology and molecular biology at the Carnegie Institute of…

James Broadhurst

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James Broadhurst, chairman and chief executive officer of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Inc.

"Making Smiles While Building a Business" James Broadhurst joined Eat'n Park as executive vice president and treasurer in 1973 following a seven-year career in commercial banking with PNC Bank. He was elected president of Eat'n Park Restaurants in 1975 and nine years later became chairman and chief executive officer. A 1965 graduate of Penn State, Broadhurst…

Derek V. Smith

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Derek V. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of ChoicePoint

"Risk Revolution: The Dangerous and Growing Gap between Technology and Human Insight" Smith has served as ChoicePoint's CEO since the company went public in 1997, adding the chairman's responsibilities two years later. As the company has grown, Smith and the company's senior leadership have recognized that the two areas in which ChoicePoint has the greatest expertise…

Marvlin Hamlisch

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Marvlin Hamlisch

"My Life as a Musician" Hamlisch is the Pittsburgh pops principal conductor and holder of the symphony's Henry and Elsie Hillman endowed chair. His life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As a composer, Hamlisch has won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards.…

Samuel C. Thompson, Jr.

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Samuel C. Thompson, Jr.

"Some Thoughts on the Current State of Federal Tax Reform Proposals" Mr. Thompson is a professor of law and the director of the UCLA Law Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, a position he has held since January 2003. This is a return to UCLA for Thompson, who was a professor at the law…

Susan V. Berresford

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Susan V. Berresford

“Philanthropy and America’s Future” Berresford was elected president of the Ford Foundation effective April 3, 1996. At the time of her election as president, Berresford was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the foundation. Berresford joined the Ford Foundation in 1970 as a project assistant in the Division of National Affairs. Between 1972 and…

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