the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series

 2016 Calendar

 Jan 20:

David Baltimore: Genetic Engineering

 Jan 10:

Kathleen A. Doherty & Michael R. Nelson

 2015 Calendar

 Nov 17:USC Professor: David Cruz
 Oct 27:Space Entrepreneurship Panel
 Oct 19:Congressman Seth Moulton
 Oct 13:

Dean Joseph Shepherd

 Aug 18:Dr. Scott Pace
 May 18:

Pres. Reagan Science Advisor: Dr. Bill Graham

 Apr 7:

Lunch Series: Prof. David Goodstein

 Feb 26:

Former Black Panther: Hank Jones

 Feb 24:

Lunch Series: Prof. Pietro Perona

 Feb 23:

Civil Liberties Protection Officer: Alex Joel

 Jan 27:Journalist Betty Medsger
 Jan 7:

Ebola Crisis: Dr. Wendy Kohlhase



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Nelson Doherty

Pathways through Politics and Power on the National and International Stage
Lunch Discussion Featuring: Kathleen A. Doherty and Michael R. Nelson

Sunday, January 10, 2016
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Annenberg Lecture Hall (See map)
RSVP Required: (RSVP link here)

Caltech alum Michael R. Nelson works on Internet-related global public policy issues for CloudFlare, a startup that has improved the performance and security of more than 2 million Web sites. Prior to joining CloudFlare in early 2015, he was a Principal Technology Policy Strategist in Microsoft's Technology Policy Group and prior to that was a Senior Technology and Telecommunications Analyst with Bloomberg Government. In addition, since January, 2009, Nelson has been teaching courses and doing research on the future of the Internet, cyber-policy, technology policy, innovation policy, and e-government in the CCT Program at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, he was Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM, where he managed a team helping define and implement IBM's Next Generation Internet strategy. Nelson has served as Chairman of the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS's COSEPP committee, serves as a Trustee of the Institute for International Communications, and was selected to be a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to joining IBM in July, 1998, Nelson was Director for Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission and before that was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he worked with Vice President Gore and the President's Science Advisor on issues relating to the Global Information Infrastructure, including telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption, electronic commerce, and information policy. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a professional staff member for the Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, chaired by then-Senator Gore and was the lead Senate staffer for the High-Performance Computing Act. His B.S. is from Caltech and Ph.D. from MIT.

Kathleen Ann Doherty is the current US Ambassador to Cyprus. She began her career with the Foreign Service in 1990, including early posts in the Dominican Republic (1990-92), and Brazil (1993-95) before serving in Washington in the Energy and Business Affairs Bureau of the Office of Development Finance and in the Office of Investment Affairs, and then as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration. She had her first posting to Rome (2000-04) as an economic counselor before returning to Washington as a Senior Watch Officer on the Operations Center of the State Department, specializing in language training. In 2006, Doherty was sent to Moscow, again as economic counselor, including duties as the embassy’s terrorism financing coordinating officer and in mid-2008 was transferred to London as an economic counselor. Doherty returned to Washington in 2010 as director of the State Department's Office of European Union and Regional Affairs and in September 2011 was made deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. She went back to Rome in August 2013 as deputy chief of mission, remaining in that post until her nomination as ambassador.

Doherty earned a B.A. from Colgate University, worked as a journalist (1985-89), writing for Inc., Success, American Banker, Healthy Companies and The Naisbitt Group, and earned her M.Sc from the London School of Economics. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian… in addition to English.

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Past Events

Civic Rights, Civic Equality, and Religious Liberty

The recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extended the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples. This decision was met with opposition from conservative religious groups and individuals such as Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. Claiming that the Supreme Court decision infringed on her First Amendment rights to freedom of religious expression, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Similar arguments against gay marriage have been made by many others, most notably conservative Christians running for President of the United States. Join us for a lunch discussion with David Cruz, Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law.


Panel on Space Entrepreneurship

The past few years we have seen the emergence of several space startups - private companies with the ability to make a profit while operating extraterrestrially. Please join us for a panel discussion in which Tethers Unlimited, Planet Labs, and Planetary Resources, who represent the entire spectrum of space startups, will join Professor Sergio Pellegrino to discuss what is needed to succeed as a space company.


Discussion with Congressman Seth Moulton

Congressman Seth Moulton is a former Marine Corps Officer (four tours in the Iraq war), a member of the Democratic Party, and U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 6th Congressional district. Please join us for a one hour question and answer session.


Implications of U.S. Space Policy with Dr. Scott Pace

Dr. Scott Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Please join us for a lecture on the geopolitical state of space exploration, and the role the U.S. plays as a leader in space studies.


The Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series student-run organization of Caltech (California Institute of Technology, CIT). Caltech is in Pasadena, California, near Pasadena City College (PCC), Past Speakers include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Margaret Mead, Tim Wise, Saul Alinsky, Betty Friedan, Senator Barry Goldwater, Ted Sorensen, Dolores Huerta, Nikki Giovanni, Carl Rogers. Also Jody Williams, William F. Buckley, Jr., Huwaida Arraf & Adam Shapiro, Theodore Postol, Tahmeena Faryl, Amy Goodman. And recently: Scott Ritter, Adam Werbach, Julian Bond, D.C. James, Peter Camejo, Rahul Mahajan, Gerard Ungerman, Bernie Sanders, Mike Farrell, Peter Dreier, Chuck Collins, Ka Hsaw Wa, Kurt Gottfried, Steve Barr, Nikki Giovanni, Chris Mooney, Jack DuVall, Maquiladora workers, George Regas, Reagan Demas, Kevin Sites, Invisible Children, Life Straw.
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