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David Blewett, Author
Topic: The Pony Trap: Escaping the 1987 SMU Football Death Penalty
David Blewett chose to attend SMU on a football scholarship in 1984 at the height of SMU's Pony Express era. After three tumultuous seasons, the football program was shut down for repeated violations of NCAA policy. Most players left SMU, but David chose to stay and graduated in 1989 double majoring in Business and Philosophy.
After 25 years, a health scare and the release of a documentary about SMU's "Death Penalty" caused David to revisit what really happened to bring on the penalty. Specifically, his oldest daughter asked him, "Daddy did you do anything wrong when you played football for SMU?"
The book is written as a personal narrative of what his team did, why SMU was selected for the penalty, and why other schools eligible for the penalty have been excused.
David Blewett resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and six children. He is self-employed in the Real Estate industry. This is his first published book.
Krys Boyd, Host and Managing Editor, Think (KERA-FM)
Topic: Reading - Fast and Slow: How to Get the Most from Non-Fiction
Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-FM's flagship midday talk show Think since 2006. Krys began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations as a reporter, anchor and news director. A graduate of TCU, Krys returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for Broadcast.com, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo.
Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally-broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. Think was named "Best Radio Talk Show" of Dallas by the Dallas Observer in 2009, and Krys was declared "Best Broadcaster for Radio in Dallas" by D Magazine in 2010, and won the PRNDI award for best call-in program in 2012. Krys and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.
Dr. Frederick Chang, Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security, SMU
Topic: Are you safe in cyberspace?
Frederick R. Chang is the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in SMU's Lyle School of Engineering. He also is a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences as well as the director for the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security.
He has been Professor and AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio and he was at the University of Texas at Austin as an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences and director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security.
Chang is the former director of research at the National Security Agency. In the private sector he was most recently the president and chief operating officer of 21CT, Inc., an advanced intelligence analytics solutions company. Earlier, he was with SBC Communications where he held a variety of executive positions including, president - Technology Strategy, SBC Communications; president & CEO, SBC Technology Resources, Inc.; and vice president, Network Engineering and Planning, SBC Advanced Solutions, Inc. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories.
Chang has been awarded the National Security Agency Director's Distinguished Service Medal. He has served as a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies. He also is a member of the Texas Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council.
He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. Chang also has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is lead inventor on two U.S. patents (U.S. patent numbers 7272645 and 7633951) and he appeared in the televised National Geographic documentary, Inside the NSA: America's Cyber Secrets. Chang recently served as an expert witness at a hearing on cybersecurity research and development convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology – Subcommittees on Technology and Research.
Dr. Marc P. Christensen, Dean and Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Innovation, SMU
Topic: Fostering Innovation
Marc P. Christensen is one of the nation's key leaders in mapping photonic technology onto applications. In 2007, DARPA identified him as a "rising star in microsystems research" for his development of an adaptive multi-resolution imaging architecture, and selected him to be one of the first of the 24 DARPA Young Faculty Award recipients.
From 1991-1998 he was a staff member and technical leader in BDM's Sensors and Photonics group (now part of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems). His work ranged from developing optical signal processing and VCSEL-based optical interconnection architectures, to infrared sensor modeling, simulation, and analysis. In 1997, he co-founded Applied Photonics: a free-space optical interconnection module company. His responsibilities included hardware demonstration for the DARPA MTO FAST-Net, VIVACE, and ACTIVE-EYES programs, each of which incorporated precision optics, micro-optoelectronic arrays, and micro-mechanical arrays into large system level demonstrations.
In 2002 he joined Southern Methodist University. In 2010, he was selected as the inaugural Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Engineering Innovation and is currently serving as Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering. Dr. Christensen brought together a team of researchers from five institutions to develop an optical interface to the nervous system. The interface would enable amputees to control a robotic limb with thought and directly experience sensations such as the warmth of a loved one's hand.
In 2008, Dr. Christensen was recognized for outstanding research with the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship. In 2011, he was recognized for outstanding and innovative teaching as a recipient of the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.
Dr. Christensen has co-authored over 100 journal and conference papers. He has two patents in the field of free space optical interconnections, one pending in the field of integrated photonics, and four pending in the field of computational imaging.
Dr. Christensen received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1993, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University in 2001.
Joe Coomer, Author
Topic: Something Old, Something New: Found Objects to Fiction
Winters, I live in Springtown, Texas, on my father's farm. It's about 45 minutes out into the oaks from Fort Worth. There, I run my business, a pair of large antique malls. About 200 mom and pop antique businesses lease space in our buildings. We sell their antiques for them and send them a check every two weeks. I live in a fairly new Victorian that I spent a year and a half building in the late eighties. I wrote about this project in DreamHouse. My wife, Isabelle Tokumaru, runs her paintings conservation practice in the third story, while I write novels in the kitchen, where the food is close.
Summers, we live in Stonington, Maine, an active fishing village on the coast. Here we're restoring a true Victorian, built in 1885 by the owner of the granite quarries on the offshore islands. The house is built on a hill in town, where John Goss could watch his stone workers being ferried out to his islands. It will take us five or six years to finish this project. When the weather's nice, we take our old motorsailer, Yonder, on daysails and cruises downeast. She was built in 1934 and is prettier than most actresses. I chronicled her purchase, restoration and my stupidities at sea in Sailing in a Spoonful of Water. For fun we go to antique auctions here in Maine and read the old books and restore the old paintings we buy at them.
My life is all split. I live in the desert and by the sea. I like old things but live now. I'm scared of the ocean and of writing, but you can't keep me out of them. I don't care what you think, but I also hope you like me. And although I'm a dog lover, I will reach down and pet a cat when he rubs against my leg. I hope this is personal enough. My wife says to leave it at this.
Linda S. Eads, Associate Provost, SMU
Topic: How Free Is Speech in the Western World?
Professor Eads was named Associate Provost at Southern Methodist University on May 16, 2011. In this position she oversees academic affairs in the Provost Office and also serves as the Director of the Hunt Scholars Program.
Prior to becoming Associate Provost, Professor Eads taught at the Southern Methodist University School of Law since January 1986. She teaches and writes in the areas of evidence, legal ethics, constitutional law and women and the law. At Southern Methodist University she has received the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, the University Golden Mustang Teaching Award, and the Law School's Don Smart Teaching Award (4 times). In 2009, Professor Eads received the Lola Wright Foundation Award given by the Texas Bar Foundation to one lawyer each year for outstanding public service in advancing and enhancing legal ethics in Texas. The Texas Lawyer also named her one of 30 Extraordinary Women in Texas Law.
From January 1999 to August 2000, Professor Eads was on leave from the University in order to assume the post of Deputy Attorney General for Litigation for the State of Texas under Attorney General John Cornyn. In this position she directed all the State's civil litigation. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Eads served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division.
Dr. Kate Carté Engel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, SMU
Topic: Searching for "true religion" in the American Revolution
Dr. Kate Carté Engel (Ph.D., history, University of Wisconsin; B.A., Haverford College) is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies specializing in early American and Atlantic religion. Prior to coming to SMU in 2012, she was associate professor of history and Rothrock Fellow at Texas A&M University.
She is the author of Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (2009, paper 2011), which was awarded the 2010 Dale W. Brown Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. She has published many articles, including in Church History and Early American Studies. She has been a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, an affiliate fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, a Franklin Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Her research and teaching interests center on the role of religion in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, especially as it intersects with political and economic developments. Her current project, The Cause of True Religion, investigates the consequences of the American Revolution for transatlantic Protestant networks in North America, Britain, and Europe.
Harry Farthing, Author and Experienced Mountaineer
Topic: The Application of Personal Experience in the Creation of Exciting and Entertaining Fiction
Harry Farthing has had a lifelong interest in exploration, archaeology and world history, both published and alternate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has travelled widely to extreme environments such as the Sahara Desert, the Himalaya, the Amazon and the Arctic North.
Harry Farthing is an Englishman born in Lynton, North Devon, and raised in the West Country.
He was educated at St. Michael's Preparatory School, near Barnstaple, Allhallows Public School, near Lyme Regis, and at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
From 1987 he enjoyed a successful career with one of the world's largest commercial real estate consultancies. During this period, he lived and worked in the City of London, Lisbon, Portugal and Milan, Italy becoming Managing Director of the company's Italian operations and European Board Director with responsibility for activities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar.
In 2010 he moved with his American wife to Charleston, South Carolina, to raise their two daughters and pursue a career in writing.
Harry Farthing has had a lifelong interest in exploration, archaeology and world history, both published and alternate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has travelled widely to extreme environments such as the Sahara Desert, the Himalaya, the Amazon and the Arctic North.
An experienced mountaineer, he has climbed extensively including Mt Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps, Mt McKinley in Alaska, Shishapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet, and Mount Everest itself. In 2010 he successfully led all thirteen members of a charity climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Africa.
In 2011 he made a solo 7500 mile journey across North America by BMW Motorcycle that linked the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and travelled 2000 miles of unpaved roads above the 60th Parallel. That trip was the latest in a series of extreme motorcycle journeys that started with a ride from the UK to the Moroccan Sahara when he was just nineteen.
He is an accomplished public speaker and has raised substantial funds for charity through his climbing.
His debut novel Summit marries his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering and modern history to create an exciting action story that is both compelling and thought provoking.
Sequels, Kili, about Africa and the continent's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and Denali, about Mt McKinley and the Arctic North of America, are already in the pipeline.
Susan Herndon, Singer/Songwriter
Topic: Music: The Language of the Soul and The Art of Songwriting
Susan Herndon is an Oklahoma girl and a woman of the world.
While the patina of Sooner state red dirt is apparent in everything she sings in her dulcet and soothingly accented alto, Herndon's music is much more about where she's been and what she's experienced, than about where she hails.
Born in St Louis, raised in Tulsa and bred in Oklahoma, she earned several degrees including one in French. Herndon's youthful wanderlust took her to the south of France for many years, and while in that Gallic state of mind, she began her musical odyssey in the most humble – and purest – of ways: busking for francs on the busy streets of Pau deep within the Pyrenees.
It was there and on other thoroughfares throughout Europe that Herndon honed the skills and presence needed of a dedicated working musician and an immediately engaging entertainer. "Music really is our universal language," says Herndon today. "And I do believe that good songs – in any language – can truly touch souls. I know they have saved my life on numerous occasions."
Playing around 200 gigs a year for more than a decade, Herndon has retained that true troubadour's ethos, sharing her passion for song and stirring thousands of kindred spirits throughout Oklahoma, Texas and the American heartland.
With an engaging smile and graceful charm, she touches upon themes both universal and deeply personal, from longing and loneliness, to home, family, faded memories and hopeful dreams. And she connects with her listeners in a voice that conveys equal parts savory innocence and knowing savoir-faire.
Herndon draws from a reservoir of original material spanning five albums that have long found her sliding with ease from genre to genre. iTunes may soon run out of apt descriptors for Herndon's music; her releases have been termed ‘blues,' ‘country,' ‘indie rock,' ‘jazz' and ‘pop.' One moment she's covering a Dylan classic in French with delicate fingerpicking on her guitar and the next may find her sitting at a keyboard paying homage to any number of fellow Oklahoma songsmiths, such as Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Webb, Leon Russell or J.J. Cale. All in an inspired style uniquely Herndonesque.
Her latest album, All Fall Down, finds Herndon working with Texas musical legend Lloyd Maines and the perpetually lost gonzo Bob Livingston as co-producers. "I thought it was time I hired somebody who knew what they were doing," Herndon jokes, a self-deprecatory reference to the fact that she was at the helm for her previous four releases.
All Fall Down opens with Herndon – the Oklahoma girl and woman of the world – posing the musical question "Who knows all the ways of the world, and who can know all the ways of a girl?" Lone Star Music Magazine in its glowing review noted the "vaguely European je ne sais quoi that flickers throughout" while observing that "her beloved state of Oklahoma … figures prominently," particularly in the reflective closing track, "The Bad Roads of Oklahoma," which americanprofile.com has deemed one of the 10 Best Route 66 Road Songs.
As Herndon looks down the road to new musical horizons, she hopes to continue to collaborate with writers whose work she admires, as she did on All Fall Down with the elegant "Everything to Me," a co-write with John Hadley. And to have her own songs covered by fellow artists. But no matter where her journey takes her, it's a safe bet that Susan Herndon will be forever singing that universal language of a good song that speaks truth with every note and every word.
Build your house on song
it carries you along
walls made of rock
You sing by the blue fireside of the hearth
And roll on...
"Build Your House," Susan Herndon @ Okie Turtle Music 2010
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--by D.C. Bloom
Visit Herndon on the web: http://susanherndon.com/
Skip Hollandsworth, Journalist
Topic: The Real Story of Bernie
In 1997, Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth came across a story in the tiny East Texas town of Carthage that seemed so unbelievable it felt like fiction: a young assistant funeral home director named Bernie Tiede had murdered the town's grande dame, shooting her in the back and burying her in her deep freeze, where she remained for 9 months before anyone started looking for her.
And Bernie was arrested, the townspeople supported him, begging the District Attorney to let him go free. Hollandsworth will not only tell the story about Bernie, he will also talk about how his Texas Monthly article was, sometimes hilariously, turned into the 2010 movie "Bernie," starring Jack Black, Shirley MacClaine and Mathew McConaughey.
Valerie Jarvie, Food and Travel Writer
Topic: Where to Eat Out in DFW: The Local Restaurant Scene, from Dives to Fine Dining
Valerie Jarvie is a Dallas-based writer specializing in food, lifestyle and travel. She is the DFW Editor for the Zagat Restaurant Survey, contributing to their print publications and the Zagat.com website. Her work has appeared locally in the Dallas Morning News, Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine and Edible DFW Magazine. She'll lead a discussion about the top area eateries in various cuisines and price points, plus the buzz on the most exciting new spots in town.
Dr. Njoki McElroy, Renowned scholar, writer, performer, teacher and master storyteller
Topic: Personal Stories of the Great Migration
Playwright, storyteller, performer, Njoki McElroy taught Performance Studies of Black Literature for thirty-five years at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is currently an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A number of her short stories have been published in anthologies and her plays have been produced on college campuses and on the professional stage.
Along with Joyce Carol Oates, Ntozake Shange and Rita Dove, Dr. McElroy's short story appears in the acclaimed anthology From Daughters to Mothers: I've Always Meant to Tell you. She is the author of Black Journey and African Folktales Guide for Improved Listening and Learning Skills. She resides in Dallas and the Chicago area.
Regina Nippert, Executive Director of the Center on Communities and Education, SMU
Topic: Success for All Children
Mrs. Nippert is the Executive Director of the Center on Communities and Education at SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development where she directs and coordinates the West Dallas Community Collaborative and its keystone project, The School Zone.
She has more than twenty-five years' of experience in a variety of community development settings including the practice of architecture, affordable home building, community and economic development, micro-lending and public education. Mrs. Nippert is co-founder of The PLAN Fund, she served as co-coordinator for the Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force – West Dallas, founding board member of Habitat Texas, President of the Board of Directors at Unity Church of Dallas and vice-president for the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Diana Pollak, Executive Director, Creative Arts Center of Dallas
Topic: Rebuilding Creative Confidence at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas
Ms. Pollak has spent the last seven years at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC). A graduate of the Business Council for the Arts' Leadership Arts class, she has been responsible for leading major facility renovations, increased membership and class revenues as well as hiring new sought-after instructors.
She has served as a community relations consultant for both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, and her efforts have included several arts projects including organizing a children's art exhibit for The Family Place's 10th Anniversary and serving on the steering committee for Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery Hope, a children's art exhibit held at NorthPark Center, sponsored by the Meadows Foundation and the Mental Health America. She has served on several community boards, including The Family Place and Youth First Texas. She now serves on the Advisory Board for Mental Health America and the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. A graduate of UT Austin, she has been married to Mark Pollak for 35 years and has three children.
Melissa Prycer, Interim Executive Director at Dallas Heritage Village
Topic: Dallas Heritage Village and the Cedars Neighborhood
Melissa Prycer is the Interim Executive Director at Dallas Heritage Village. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a master's degree in public history from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining Dallas Heritage Village in 2004 as the educator, Melissa worked as an intern at several museums in Dallas.
Active professionally, she has served in a variety of leadership roles for the Texas Association of Museums and is active in national museum associations. As a historian, she has published book reviews and articles, primarily on women's history or children's literature.
Mike Rawlings, Dallas Mayor
Topic: The Future of Public Education
Elected Mayor in June 2011, Mayor Mike Rawlings is working to improve the quality of life in Dallas. In his short time in office, Mayor Rawlings has introduced a development plan for southern Dallas, taken a hands-on approach to improving education and created new strategies for growing the arts. He has put Dallas in the spotlight nationally and internationally by taking a leading role with the United States Conference of Mayors.
With the launch of GrowSouth, Mayor Rawlings outlined a comprehensive strategy designed to boost the economic impact of southern Dallas. GrowSouth has already been a catalyst for new economic investment, job creation and public-private partnerships. The Dallas Morning News praised Mayor Rawlings saying "after only six months, Rawlings has accomplished more for southern Dallas than many of his predecessors managed in their entire terms."
Mayor Rawlings believes in achieving academic excellence and thus has committed to improving Dallas ISD by adopting four southern Dallas schools located in areas prime for growth. He is also working closely with Commit!, an education collaborative for Dallas area schools. Mayor Rawlings was active involved in the recruitment of our new Dallas ISD Superintendent and in the election of new School Board Trustees, even though these decisions traditionally fall outside the scope of responsibility for the Mayor and city officials.
To leverage new assets in our Arts District, Mayor Rawlings formed the Mayor's Business Arts Initiative to draw corporate participation in the largest urban arts district in the nation.
On top of focusing on economic growth and neighborhood enhancement strategies, Mayor Rawlings has worked to bring together our City Council to approve a budget that will improve infrastructure and basic services without increasing the tax burden on homeowners. He has presided over the passage of $600 million in new city bonds to fund streets, flood protection and economic development initiatives.
Mike Rawlings came to Dallas in 1976 with $200 dollars in his pocket and proved that Dallas truly is The City of Opportunity. He worked his way up from an entry-level position to become the CEO of Tracy-Locke, then the largest advertising agency in the South. Later, he took the helm of the world's largest pizza company, Pizza Hut and grew it to record sales. Most recently, Mayor Rawlings served as Managing Partner of CIC Partners, where he provided business counsel and capital, helping to grow small and mid-sized businesses in Dallas, and across the U.S.
In addition, to running two of our region's biggest companies, he also found time to fall in love and raise a family here in Dallas. He and his wife Micki live in North Dallas, and their two children, Michelle and Gunnar also live in Dallas.
Rory Siefer, Founder, Epic Bound Books
Topic: Tell Me Your Secret: Learning to Capture Your Family History
There are some secrets worth telling. Former RAF fighter pilot, Lee Malins, finally told his secrets... the story of his life, fighting in World War II and his illustrious military career. These are stories he never felt comfortable telling his two grown sons and many grandchildren because he didn't know where to start and thought they wouldn't be interested. How wrong he was! Come learn Lee's story and what got this button-up Brit to finally open up.
What would you give to have a book written by your parent, grandparents or even great-grandparents... in their own voice, with their thoughts and feelings about life and hopes for the future generations? Come learn from the expert who has traveled the world helping families capture their legacies in a way the next generation is sure to read.
Rory Siefer is the founder of Epic Bound, one of the premiere private book publishers in the country, specializing in Personal Biographies and Corporate Histories. She recognized the need for families and businesses to capture their priceless stories in a format that can be passed on from one generation to the next and then set out to do it in a way never seen before.
She employs savvy interviewers, writers, editors, art directors, and designers—every professional needed to craft a customized history book. Her clients simply sit back and reminisce, and then her expert team handles all of the remaining details. What began as a young woman with a passion for capturing priceless stories has transformed into a company that makes a major difference one book at a time!
Christine Warren, Author
Topic: Honky Tonk Debutante
Christine Warren grew up in Texas and Tennessee before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Creative Writing and graduated with a degree in English. The richly layered cultures of the South and Southwest, both of which she loves and knows intimately, have profoundly shaped her as a storyteller.
After working for fourteen years in marketing and consulting, Warren left corporate life in order to focus on her writing full-time. Her first book, Paddlefish, was published in 2011. In February 2014 she released her second book, Honky Tonk Debutante: The History of Honky-Tonk Music as I Care to Tell It.
With her husband and teenage daughter, Christine Warren splits time between Austin, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.
Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute, SMU
Topic: The Economic and Political Implications of America's Energy Revolution
Bernard L. Weinstein is Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 1989 to 2009 he was Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics.
Dr. Weinstein studied public administration at Dartmouth College and received his A.B. in 1963. After a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he began graduate work in economics at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1973.
He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the State University of New York, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas. He has been a research associate with the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Gray Institute in Beaumont, Texas. He has worked for several U.S. government agencies including the President's Commission on School Finance, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission.
Dr. Weinstein has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs and articles on the subjects of economic development, energy security, public policy and taxation, and his work has appeared in professional journals such as Land Economics, Challenge, Society, Policy Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, and Annals of Regional Science. His op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times and a number of regional newspapers and magazines. He is also a regular contributor to the National Journal's Energy and Environment blog and The Hill.
Dr. Weinstein has been a consultant to many companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, and he testifies frequently before legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies. His clients have included AT&T, Texas Instruments, Reliant, Entergy, Devon Energy, Energy Futures Holdings, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Western and Southern Governors Associations, the Cities of Dallas and San Antonio, and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Dr. Weinstein was director of federal affairs for the Southern Growth Policies Board from 1978 to 1980 and served as director of the Task Force on the Southern Economy of the 1980 Commission on the Future of the South. From 1984 to 1987 he was chairman of the Texas Economic Policy Advisory Council and from 1987 to 1988 served as visiting scholar with the Sunbelt Institute in Washington, D.C. He is currently a panelist with the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast. Dr. Weinstein is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics and serves on the boards of directors of Beal Bank Texas and Beal Bank USA. Since 2012 he has been an Associate of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a Fellow with the George W. Bush Institute.
Dr. Eric White, Curator of Special Collections at Bridwell Library, SMU
Topic: Why Should We Care about the Gutenberg Bible?
Eric Marshall White, PhD, has been Curator of Special Collections at Bridwell Library since 1997. He was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his doctorate in Art History from Boston University in 1995, and received his Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas, Denton. Since coming to SMU his research has focused mainly on Bridwell Library's rare books and manuscripts, with emphasis on Gutenberg and the spread of early printing.
His publications include an in-depth commentary for the CD-ROM facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible at the University of Texas, Austin (2005), two articles in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (2002 and 2006), and the catalogues for the Bridwell exhibitions "Peter Schoeffer: Printer of Mainz" (2003) and "Six Centuries of Master Bookbinding at Bridwell Library" (2006, with Dr. Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch and John McQuillen). He lectures widely on early printing topics, and was invited to speak on 15th-century books at the Library of Congress in 2005, Cambridge University in 2012, and the Grolier Club in New York in 2013. His wife, Dr. Pamela Patton, is Associate Professor of Art History in the Meadows School of the Arts. In 1999, they collaborated on the Meadows Museum exhibition Faith in Conflict: Devotional Images and Forbidden Books from Spain's Counter Reformation. He is currently researching and writing a book, Editio princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible, which tells the story of every surviving copy of Europe's first major printed book.