Past Conferences

Nobel Conference

Listed below are the topics of and participants in the Nobel conferences at Gustavus Adolphus College since the inception of the conference series in 1965. Video presentations from recent conferences may be accessed from this page as well. 

The College bestows honorary degrees upon Nobel laureates visiting the campus. Since 1950, 92 laureates have been so honored, and of the 66 laureates who have appeared at one or more conferences since 1965, 60 have accepted honorary degrees (Tjalling Koopmans declined the honor in 1978; Stanley Prusiner was not present on campus to received the honor in 2001; and Steven Weinberg, James Buchanan, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Joseph Stiglitz had not yet won Nobel Prizes when they appeared at their respective conferences in 1976, 1986, 1999, and 2000). Presenters who are Nobel laureates are identified as such: the prize and year they won are listed after their name.

The college archives contain a wealth of materials about past conferences, including programs, planning documents, publicity materials and written transcripts of lectures not available electronically. You can locate a finding aid to the collection here. 

2020 (56th) - Cancer in the Age of Biotechnology


2019 (55th) - Climate Changed: Facing Our Future

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2018 (LIV) - Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot


2017 (LIII) - Reproductive Technology: How Far Do We Go?


2016 (LII) - In Search of Economic Balance

2016 Nobel Conference Poster


2015 (LI) - Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition

2015 Poster

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2014 (L) - Celebrating 50 Years of the Nobel Conference: Where Does Science Go from Here?

2014 Poster

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*Freeman Dyson was unable to attend. A link to his talk at another event has been included.


2013 (XLIX) - The Universe at Its Limits

2013 Poster

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2012 (XLVIII) - Our Global Ocean

2012 Poster

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2011 (XLVII) - The Brain and Being Human

2011 Poster

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2010 (XLVI) - Making Food Good

2010 Poster

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2009 (XLV) - H2O Uncertain Resource

2009 Poster Watch Archived Presentations

Additional Participants


2008 (XLIV) - Who Were the First Humans?

2008 PosterWatch Archived Presentations

Additional Participants

  • Scott AnfinsonFinding Minnesota: The First People of the North Star State
  • Guy GibbonAfter the PaleoIndians: Archaic and Woodland Peoples in Minnesota
  • Rod JohnsonFlintknapping Demonstration
  • Tom SandersAtlatl Dart Throwing Demonstration

2007 (XLIII) - Heating Up: The Energy Debate

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Additional Participants

  • Doug CameronAdvances in Biofuels: Ethanol and Beyond
  • J. Drake HamiltonGlobal Warming: Minnesota Impacts, Minnesota Solutions
  • Bishop Craig JohnsonCare for Our World’s Resources: A Biblical Perspective
  • Dan JuhlCommunity-Based Energy: Local Ownership of Renewable Energy

2006 (XLII) - Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow

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Additional Participants

  • Robert BrownResearch in Neurology: Unlocking the Cause and Optimal Treatment of Selected Disorders of the Brain
  • James HartA Collaborative and Alternative Approach to Medicine of the Future
  • William ManahanA Collaborative and Alternative Approach to Medicine of the Future
  • Dean V. MarekHealing and Spirituality
  • Anne L. TaylorPopulation Variability and Cardiovascular Disease

2005 (XLI) - The Legacy of Einstein

2005 Poster

  • George F.R. EllisThe Existence of Life in the Universe and the Crucial Issue of Ethics
  • Wendy FreedmanThe Legacy of Albert Einstein for Cosmology
  • S. James Gates Jr.Is Cosmic Concordance in Concomitance with Superstring/M-Theory?
  • Wolfgang Ketterle (Physics '01) – Bose-Einstein Condensates and Other New Forms of Matter Close to Absolute Zero
  • Thomas LevensonThe Education of Albert Einstein
  • Kip S. ThorneWarped Spacetime: Einstein’s General Relativity Legacy

Additional Participants

  • Ira Flatow – Closing panel moderator
  • John F. HaughtIssues in Science and Religion: Einstein and Religion

2004 (XL) - The Science of Aging

2004 Poster

  • Laura L. CarstensenMotivation, Emotion and Aging
  • Leonard HayflickLongevity Determinants, Aging and Age-Associated Disease
  • Cynthia J. KenyonFrom Worms to Mammals: Regulation of Lifespan by Insulin/IGF-1 Signaling
  • S. Jay OlshanskyHuman by Design
  • Dennis J. SelkoeAging, Amyloid and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Peter J. WhitehouseThe Dementia of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Wisdom of Just Aging

Additional Participants

  • Richard Q. Elvee – Banquet moderator
  • Joseph GauglerCaregiver and Healthcare Policy Issues
  • Michael HendricksonCaregiver and Healthcare Policy Issues
  • Gabe MalettaClinical Aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease: Assessment and Treatment

2003 (XXXIX) - The Story of Life

2003 Poster

  • Sean B. CarrollButterflies, Zebras, and Fairy Tales: Genetics and the Making of Animal Diversity
  • Philip J. CurrieFeathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds
  • Christian R. de Duve (Medicine '74) – Life Evolving
  • Niles EldredgeWhat Drives Evolution
  • B. Rosemary GrantEvolution of Darwin’s Finches
  • Peter R. GrantEvolution of Darwin’s Finches
  • John F. HaughtGod after Darwin: Evolution and Divine Providence
  • Tim D. WhiteEvolution: A View from Afar

2002 (XXXVIII) - The Nature of Nurture

2002 Poster

  • Avshalom CaspiThe Child Is Father to the Man: Personality Development from Childhood to Adulthood
  • Jerome KaganThe Tapestry Woven by Biology and Experience
  • Eric R. Kandel (Medicine '00) – Genes, Synapses, and Long Term Memory
  • Eleanor E. MaccobyThe Nature of Children and Their Nurture by Parents
  • Thomas H. MurrayParents and Children: What We Value and How That Is Challenged by Cloning and New Reproductive Technologies
  • Robert PlominNature and Nurture: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Behavioral Development
  • Judith L. RapoportNormal and Abnormal Brain Development in Children and Adolescents

2001 (XXXVII) - What is still to be discovered?

2001 Poster

  • Günter Blobel (Medicine '99) – Protein Targeting
  • Edmond H. Fischer (Medicine '92) – How Proteins Speak to One Another in Cell Signaling
  • Roald Hoffman (Chemistry '81) – Science and Ethics: A Marriage of Necessity and Choice for This Millennium
  • Sir Harold W. Kroto (Chemistry '96) – Science: A Round Peg in a Square World
  • Sir John R. MaddoxWhat Remains to Be Discovered
  • Erling C.J. NorrbyA Century of Nobel Prizes
  • Stanley B. Prusiner (Medicine '97) – Mad Cows, Demented People, and the Biology of Prions

2000 (XXXVI) - Globalization 2000: Economic Prospects and Challenges

2000 Poster

  • Jagdish N. BhagwatiGlobalization and Appropriate Governance
  • John B. Cobb Jr.The Stake of Christian Theology in Economic Globalization
  • Amitai EtzioniThe Future of the Global Community
  • Robert Mundell (Economics '99) – Does a Global Economy Need a Global Currency?
  • Jeffrey D. SachsNew Approaches to Helping the Poorest of the Poor in the Global Economy
  • Michael SohlmanGlobalization—Some Reflections of a Practitioner
  • Joseph E. StiglitzGlobalization, Equity, and the Developing World

1999 (XXXV) - Genetics in the New Millennium

1999 Poster

  • Bruce BakerThe Molecular Basis of Sex
  • Elizabeth BlackburnTelomerase: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?
  • Lindon EavesRevisiting the Biology of Ultimate Concern
  • Dean HamerGenes for Human Behavior
  • Leroy HoodThe Human Genome Project: Revolutions in Biology, Medicine, and Society
  • Evelyn Fox KellerNature and Nurture in a Post-Genomic Age
  • J. Craig VenterGenomics in the Next Millennium

1998 (XXXIV) - Virus: The Human Connection

1998 Poster

  • Alfred Worchester CrosbyThe History of Infectious Disease as a Characteristic of Civilization
  • Robert C. GalloSome New Approaches to HIV and HIV Disease
  • John J. HollandVirus Evolution: Implications for Diseases
  • Wolfgang K. JoklikThe Evolution of Virology: From the Beginnings of Molecular Biology to the Conquest of Viral Disease
  • Elizabeth G. NabelRecombinant Gene Transfer: Lessons from Viruses and Applications to Human Disease
  • Gary J. NabelRecombinant Gene Transfer: Lessons from Viruses and Applications to Human Disease
  • Clarence J. PetersEmerging Virus diseases: 5000 B.C. to the Present
  • Ted PetersCo-Evolution: Pain or Promise?

1997 (XXXIII) - Unveiling the Solar System: 30 Years of Exploration

1997 poster

  • Alan P. BossForming Star Systems, Here and Elsewhere
  • Story MusgraveAn Artist’s View of the Universe
  • F. Sherwood Rowland (Chemistry '95) – Our Changing Atmosphere
  • Robert John RussellHow the Heavens Have Changed
  • Carl Sagan – Scheduled to speak but died prior to conference.
  • Roald SagdeevNew Horizons for Solar System Exploration
  • Eugene Shoemaker – Scheduled to speak but died prior to conference.
  • David J. StevensonFormation of the Earth and the Origin of Life
  • Edward C. StoneThe Search for Life Elsewhere

1996 (XXXII) - Apes at the End of an Age: Primate Language and Behavior in the '90s

1996 Poster

  • Biruté M.F. GaldikasReflections of Eden
  • Gordon KaufmanThe Human Niche in Earth’s Ecological Order
  • Tetsuro MatsuzawaChimpanzee Intelligence in the Laboratory and in the Wild
  • Duane M. RumbaughOn the Psychology and Intelligence of Human, Ape and Monkey
  • Sue Savage-RumbaughWhy Do We Limit Language to Homo sapiens?
  • Frans B.M. de WaalChimpanzee Behavior and the Origins of Human Morality and Justice
  • Richard W. WranghamApes and the Evolution of Human Violence

1995 (XXXI) - The New Shape of Matter: Materials Challenge Science

1995 Poster

  • Philip W. Anderson (Physics '77) – New Physics of Metals: Fermi Surfaces without Fermi Liquids
  • Susan N. CoppersmithThe Complexity of Materials
  • Frederick FerréThe Matter with Matter
  • Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (Physics '91) – Principles of Adhesion
  • Harry B. GrayEngineered Enzymes for Photosynthesis
  • Harold W. Kroto (Chemistry '96) – C60 Buckminsterfullerene: The Celestial Sphere That Fell to Earth
  • Silvan S. SchweberThe Metaphysics of Physics: The Landscape at the End of a Heroic Century

1994 (XXX) - Unlocking the Brain: Progress in Neuroscience

1994 Poster

  • Anders BjörklundCell Transplants for Repair of the Damaged Brain
  • Patricia Smith ChurchlandProspects for a Neurobiology of Consciousness
  • Antonio DamasioA Neurobiology for Emotion and Reason
  • Apostolos GeorgopoulosBehavioral Neurophysiology of the Motor Cortex
  • David Hubel (Medicine '81) – Eye, Brain and Perception
  • Eric R. Kandel (Medicine '00) – Genes, Synapses and Memory
  • Oliver SacksNeurology and the Soul

1993 (XXIX) - Nature Out of Balance: The New Ecology

1993 Poster

  • Daniel B. BotkinDiscordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century
  • Jared M. DiamondNew Guinea: A Biological Treasure House
  • Thomas E. LovejoyNational Biological Survey
  • Robert McCredie MayCauses and Consequences of Biological Diversity
  • Donella H. MeadowsNature in Balance: A Vision
    Transcript of lecture
  • Bryan G. NortonFinding Our Place: The Origins of Sustainability
  • George Masters WoodwellScience and Government: Revolutions in Store for the Third Millennium

1992 (XXVIII) - Immunity: The Battle Within

1992 Poster

  • Baruj Benacerraf (Medicine '80) – The Requirement of Antigen Processing and Presentation to Initiate Immunologic Response
  • R. Michael BlaeseGene Therapy: Medicine for the Future
  • Robert C. GalloHuman Retroviruses and Alterations of the Immune System: The Second Decade
  • Philippa MarrackT-Cells in Health and Disease
  • Candace PertImmune System Neuro-Receptors: The Mind in the Body
  • Holmes Rolston IIIImmunity in Natural History
  • Jonas SalkThe Immune System: The Mind of the Body

1991 (XXVII) - The Evolving Cosmos

1991 Poster

  • Timothy FerrisEvolution of Interstellar Communications Systems
  • William A. Fowler (Physics '83) – Early Nuclear Synthesis
  • Margaret GellerWhere the Galaxies Are
  • Edward HarrisonOur Evolving View of the Universe
  • Ernan McMullinExtrapolating to a Distant Past
  • Phillip MorrisonNewton and Anti-Newton: Enforced Simplicity, Inaccessible Origins

1990 (XXVI) - Chaos: The New Science

1990 Poster

  • Mitchell FeigenbaumThe Transition to Chaos
  • James GleickChaos and Beyond
  • Benoit MandelbrotThe Fractal Geometry of Nature and Chaos
  • Heinz-Otto PeitgenThe Beauty of Fractals
  • John PolkinghorneChaos and Cosmos: A Theological Approach
  • Ilya Prigogine (Chemistry '77) – Time, Dynamics, and Chaos: Integrating Poincaré’s “Non-Integrable Systems”
  • Stephen SmaleOn the Role of Mathematics in Chaos

1989 (XXV) - The End of Science?

1989 Poster

  • Sheldon Lee Glashow (Physics '79) – The Death of Science!?
  • Ian HackingDisunified Sciences
  • Sandra HardingWhy Physics Is a Bad Model for Physics: Feminist Issues
  • Mary HesseNeed a Constructed Reality Be Non-Objective? Reflections on Science and Society
  • Gerald HoltonHow to Think about the End of Science
  • Gunther S. StentCognitive Limits and the End of Science

1988 (XXIV) - The Restless Earth

1988 Poster

  • Don L. AndersonEarth’s Interior: The Last Frontier
  • W.G. ErnstThe Pacific Rim: Plate Tectonics, Continental Growth, and Geological Hazards and The Future of the Earth Sciences
  • David Ray GriffinThe Restless Universe: A Postmodern View
  • Jack OliverPlate Tectonics: The Discovery, the Lesson, the Opportunity
  • David M. RaupCatastrophes and the History of Life on Earth
  • J. Tuzo WilsonSome Controls That Greatly Affect Surface Responses to Mantle Convection beneath Continents

1987 (XXIII) - Evolution of Sex

1987 Poster

  • William Donald HamiltonSex and Disease
  • Philip J. HefnerSex, for God’s Sake: Theological Perspectives
  • Sarah Blaffer HrdyThe Primate Origins of Female Sexuality and Raising Darwin’s Consciousness: Was There a Male Bias?
  • Lynn MargulisSex in the Microcosm
  • Dorion SaganSex in the Microcosm
  • Peter H. RavenThe Meaning of Flowers: Evolution of Sex in Plants
  • John Maynard SmithTheories of the Evolution of Sex

1986 (XXII) - The Legacy of Keynes

1986 Poster

  • Karl BrunnerThe Sociopolitical Vision of Keynes
  • James M. Buchanan (Economics '86) – Keynesian Follies
  • Geoffrey C. HarcourtThe Legacy of Keynes: Theoretical Methods and Unfinished Business
  • Axel LeijonhufvudWhatever Happened to Keynesian Economics?
  • Ronald Haydn PrestonThe Ethical Legacy of John Maynard Keynes
  • Baron Stig RamelThe Swedish Model: Keynesian Policies Put into Practice
  • Lester ThurowConstructing a Microeconomics That Is Consistent with Keynesian Macroeconomics
  • James Tobin (Economics '81) – Keynesian Economics and Its Renaissance

1985 (XXI) - The Impact of Science on Society

1985 Poster

  • Winston J. BrillThe Impact of Biotechnology and the Future of Agriculture
  • Daniel J. KevlesGenetic Progress and Religious Authority: Historical Reflections
  • Salvador E. Luria (Medicine '69) – The Single Artificer
  • J. Robert NelsonMechanistic Mischief and Dualistic Dangers in a Scientific Society
  • Merritt Roe SmithTechnology, Industrialization, and the Idea of Progress in America

1984 (XX) - How We Know: The Inner Frontiers of Cognitive Science

1984 Poster

  • Daniel DennettCan Machines Think?
  • Gerald Edelman (Medicine '72) – Neural Darwinism: Population Thinking and Higher Brain Function
  • Brenda MilnerMemory and the Human Brain
  • Arthur PeacockeA Christian “Materialism”?
  • Roger SchankModeling Memory and Learning
  • Herbert Simon (Economics '78) – Some Computer Simulation Models of Human Learning

1983 (XIX) - Manipulating Life

1983 Poster

  • Christian Anfinsen (Chemistry '72) – Bio-Engineering: Short-Term Optimism and Long-Term Risk
  • Willard GaylinWhat’s So Special about Being Human?
  • June GoodfieldWithout Laws, Oaths and Revolutions
  • Clifford GrobsteinManipulating Life: The God-Satan Ratio
  • Karen LebacqzThe Ghosts Are on the Wall: A Parable for Manipulating Life
  • Lewis ThomasThe Limitations of Medicine as a Science

1982 (XVIII) - Darwin's Legacy

1982 Poster

  • Stephen Jay GouldEvolutionary Hopes and Realities
  • Richard E. LeakeyAfrican Origins: A Review of the Record
  • Sir Peter Medawar (Medicine '60) – The Evidences of Evolution
  • Jaroslav PelikanDarwin’s Legacy: Emanation, Evolution, and Development
  • Edward O. WilsonSociobiology: From Darwin to the Present

Additional Presenters

  • Irving StoneThe Human Mind after Darwin

1981 (XVII) - The Place of Mind in Nature

1981 Poster

  • Ragnar Granit (Medicine '67) – Reflections on the Evolution of the Mind and Its Environment
  • Wolfhart PannenbergSpirit and Mind
  • Richard RortyMind as Ineffable
  • John Archibald WheelerBohr, Einstein, and the Strange Lesson of the Quantum
  • Eugene Wigner (Physics '63) – The Limitations of the Validity of Present-Day Physics

Additional Presenters

  • Czesław Miłosz (Literature '80) – Reflections

1980 (XVI) - The Aesthetic Dimension of Science

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  • Freeman J. DysonManchester and Athens
  • Charles HartshorneScience as the Search for the Hidden Beauty of the World
  • William N. Lipscomb Jr. (Chemistry '76) – Some Aesthetic Aspects of Science
  • Gunther SchullerForm and Aesthetics in Twentieth Century Music
  • Chen Ning Yang (Physics '57) – Beauty and Theoretical Physics

Additional Presenters

  • Isaac Bashevis SingerOn Beauty

1979 (XV) - The Future of the Market Economy

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  • Robert BenneOught the Market Economy Have a Future?
  • Richard LipseyAn Economist Looks at the Future of the Price System
  • Kenneth McLennanRedefining Government’s Role in the Market System
  • Baron Stig RamelSweden: How a Mixed Economy Gets Mixed Up
  • Mark WillesRational Expectations and the Future of the Market System

1978 (XIV) - Global Resources: Perspectives and alternatives

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  • Ian BarbourJustice, Freedom, and Sustainability
  • Barry CommonerA New Historic Passage: The Transition to Renewable Resources
  • Garrett HardinAn Ecolate View of the Human Predicament
  • Tjalling C. Koopmans (Economics '75) – Projecting Economic Aspects of Alternative Futures
  • Letitia ObengBenevolent Yokes in Different Worlds

1977 (XIII) - The Nature of Life

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  • Max Delbrück (Medicine '69) – Mind from Matter?
  • René DubosBiological Memory and the Living Earth
  • Sidney W. FoxThe Origin and Nature of Protolife
  • Bernard M. LoomerThe Web of Life
  • Peter R. MarlerIn the Mind’s Eye: Perception and Innate Knowledge

Additional Presenters

  • Elizabeth Shull Russell – Panelist

1976 (XII) - The Nature of the Physical Universe

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  • Murray Gell-Mann (Physics '69) – What Are the Building Blocks of Matter?
  • Sir Fred HoyleAn Astronomer’s View of the Evolution of Man
  • Stanley L. JakiThe Chaos of Scientific Cosmology
  • Hilary W. PutnamThe Place of Facts in a World of Values
  • Steven Weinberg (Physics '79) – Is Nature Simple?
  • Victor F. WeisskopfWhat Is an Elementary Particle?

1975 (XI) - The Future of Science

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  • Sir John C. Eccles (Medicine '63) – The Brian-Mind Problem as a Frontier of Science
  • Langdon GilkeyThe Future of Science
  • Polykarp Kusch (Physics '55) – A Personal View of Science and the Future
  • Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry '51) – New Signposts for Science


  • Ian Barbour, Theologian
  • John Cobb Jr., Theologian
  • William Dean, Theologian
  • Van Austin Harvey, Theologian
  • Hans Schwartz, Theologian
  • Christian Anfinsen (Chemistry '72)
  • George Beadle (Medicine '58)
  • Hans Bethe (Physics '67)
  • Felix Bloch (Physics '52)
  • Walter Brattain (Physics '56)
  • Leon Cooper (Physics '72)
  • André Cournand (Medicine '56)
  • Christian de Duve (Medicine '74)
  • Gerald Edelman (Medicine '72)
  • Ulf S. von Euler (Medicine '70)
  • Robert Hofstadter (Physics '61)
  • Charles Huggins (Medicine '66)
  • Simon Kuznets (Economics '71)
  • Willis Lamb Jr. (Physics '55)
  • Willard Libby (Chemistry '60)
  • Fritz Lipmann (Medicine '53)
  • Robert Mulliken (Chemistry '66)
  • Lars Onsager (Chemistry '68)
  • Julian Schwinger (Physics '65)
  • Emilio Segre (Physics '59)
  • William B. Shockley (Physics '56)
  • Ernest Walton (Physics '51)
  • Thomas Weller (Medicine '54)
  • Chen Ning Yang (Physics '57)

Additional Presenters

  • David Matthews – Closing Address

1974 (X) - The Quest for Peace

  • Rubem AlvesDiagnosis of a Sickness: The Will to War
  • Elisabeth Mann BorgeseThe World Communities as a Peace System
  • Polykarp Kusch (Physics '55) – Is Enduring Peace a Realistic Hope?
  • Robert Jay LiftonSurvival and Transformation—From War to Peace
  • Baron Stig RamelNationalism and International Peace
  • Paul A. Samuelson (Economics '70) – Economics and Peace

1973 (IX) - The Destiny of Women

  • Mary DalyScapegoat Religion and the Sacrifice of Women
  • Martha W. GriffithsLegal and Social Rights and Responsibilities of Women
  • Beatrix HamburgThe Biology of Sex Differences
  • Eleanor MaccobyThe Development of Sex Differences in Intellect and Social Behavior
  • Johnnie TillmonThe Changing Cultural Images of the Black Woman in America

1972 (VIII) - The End of Life

  • Alexander ComfortChanging the Life Span
  • Ulf S. von Euler (Medicine '70) – Physiological Aspects of Aging and Death
  • Nathan A. Scott Jr.The Modern Imagination of Death
  • Krister StendahlImmortality Is Too Much and Too Little
  • George Wald (Medicine '67) – The Origin of Death

Additional Presenters

  • Edgar M. Carlson – Moderator

1971 (VII) - Shaping the Future

  • Norman E. Borlaug (Peace '70) – The World Food Problem—Present and Future
  • John McHaleShaping the Future: Problems, Priorities, and Imperatives
  • Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry '51) – Shaping the Future—Through Science and Technology
  • Joseph SittlerThe Perils of Futurist Thinking: A Common Sense Reflection

Additional Presenters

  • Anthony J. WienerFaust’s Progress: Methodology for Shaping the Future

1970 (VI) - Creativity

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  • William A. ArrowsmithThe Creative University
  • Jacob BronowskiThe Creative Process
  • Willard F. Libby (Chemistry '60) – Creativity in Science
  • Donald W. MacKinnonCreativity: A Multi-faceted Phenomenon
  • Gordon ParksCreativity to Me

1969 (V) - Communication

  • Leroy G. AugensteinA Little Black Box Called the Mind
  • Noam ChomskyForm and Meaning in Natural Language
  • Abraham KaplanThe Life of Dialogue
  • Eric H. LennebergA Word between Us
  • Peter R. MarlerAnimals and Man: Communication and Its Development

Additional Presenters

  • Edgar M. Carlson – Moderator

1968 (IV) - The Uniqueness of Man

  • Theodosius DobzhanskyThe Pattern of Human Evolution
  • Sir John C. Eccles (Medicine '63) – The Experiencing Self
  • Ernan McMullinMan’s Effort to Understand the Universe
  • W.H. ThorpeVitalism and Organicism
  • S.L. WashburnThe Evolution of Human Behavior
  • Daniel Day WilliamsThe Prophetic Dimension

1967 (III) - The Human Mind

  • Sir John C. Eccles (Medicine '63) – Evolution and the Conscious Self
  • James M. GustafsonChristian Humanism and the Human Mind
  • Holger HydenBiochemical Aspects of Learning and Memory
  • Seymour S. KetyBiochemical Aspects of Mental States
  • Francis O. SchmittMolecular Parameters in Brain Function
  • Huston SmithHuman versus Artificial Intelligence
  • Nils K. StahleThe Nobel Foundation at Work

1966 (II) - The Control of the Environment

  • Kenneth E. BouldingThe Prospects of Economic Abundance
  • René DubosAdaptations to the Environment and Man’s Future
  • Roger RevelleThe Conquest of the Oceans
  • Carl T. RowanThe Free Spirit in a Controlled Environment
  • Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry '51) – The Control of Energy

Additional Presenters

  • Orville L. Freeman – Convocation Speaker

1965 (I) - Genetics and the Future of Man

  • Kingsley DavisSociological Aspects of Genetic Control
  • H. Bentley GlassThe Effect of Changes in the Physical Environment on Genetic Changes
  • R. Paul RamseyMoral and Religious Implications of Genetic Control
  • Sheldon C. ReedThe Normal Process of Genetic Change in a Stable Physical Environment
  • William B. Shockley (Physics '56) – Population Control or Eugenics
  • Edward L. Tatum (Medicine '58) – The Possibility of Manipulating Genetic Change

Additional Presenters

  • Philip S. Hench (Medicine '50) – Honorary Chair
  • Polykarp Kusch (Physics '55) – Symposium Chair