IDEAS Boston Announces Speaker Lineup

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Sixteen Leading-edge Thinkers to Take Part in Oct. 20 Forum at the University of Massachusetts Boston

A lineup of 16 provocative, inspiring, and leading-edge thinkers has been set for the 2011 IDEAS Boston conference. The forum invites innovators from Boston and the surrounding region to share their next big idea. This year’s forum will take place on Oct. 20 at IDEAS Boston’s new permanent home, the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Speakers range from a surgeon who uses music to aid patients and physicians, to an evolutionary biologist who advocates barefoot running, to an entrepreneur who is working to commercialize the recently developed technology enabling wireless electricity.

The speakers are:

  •     Chef Jody Adams
  •     Climate change specialist James Anderson
  •     Poet and activist Marjorie Agosin
  •     Inventor and entrepreneur Nathan Ball
  •     Financial strategist and author Daryl Collins
  •     Filmmaker Chico Colvard
  •     Surgeon and musician Claudius Conrad
  •     Museum curator Elliot Davis
  •     Environmental Policy Expert Joan Fitzgerald
  •     Entrepreneur Eric Giler
  •     Physician and medical IT expert John Halamka
  •     Legal scholar and ethicist Lawrence Lessig
  •     Evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman
  •     Digital communications expert Andrew Lippman
  •     Education economist Bridget Terry Long
  •     Professor of Law Jeannie Suk

The day-long conference will be moderated by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR/WBUR’s national news-talk show On Point.

“Our speakers represent such an incredible diversity of thought, talent, and experience, and I know they’re going to stir up fascinating conversations,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley.”

Conference-goers will also surely be talking about the special performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, a group of six who make music with manual typewriters.

For individuals who register before September 10, tickets are available for $200 – a savings of $50. Group tickets are $225 each, with non-profit and student tickets available for $100.

To register, learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or read up on this year’s IDEAS Boston speakers, visit

IDEAS Boston is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance, Ambit Creative Group, Bank of America, the Barr Foundation, and Weil. This year’s media partners are The Boston Globe, WBUR radio, WCVB-TV Channel 5, and MassINC.

About UMass Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s eight colleges and graduate schools serve more than 15,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit


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