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Alan Alda, May 2, 2018, January 8, 2020

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-123-BD
Identifier: I

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of American actor and author Alan Alda's appearance on May 2, 2018 in Alumni Arena as part of the 2017-2018 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Introduction music "Surely, I Love You." Introduction for the speaker by the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Liesl Folks (05:50), followed by Alan Alda speech (09:15). Speech topics include: medical story (09:30), using improvisation and communication to connect people to science (13:00), three stages of love (23:15), summons a volunteer named Anna from the audience for a demonstration (35:05), summons second volunteer named Heath from the audience (44:10), final story (49:45). Speech followed by question and answer session moderated by Liesl Folks. Questions include: Erie County Health Commissioner Gail Burstein asks about strategies for health communication in the opioid epidemic? (52:45); What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence? (56:50); How do we build artificial machines that are also able to explain their decisions to us? (58:20); Do you think a candidate like Arnold Vinnick from the West Wing could be elected today? (59:40); How can we use new technology as tools for good? (1:00:35); Am I right in interpreting that as empathy? (1:02:50); What was the most eye-opening scientific communication fact you’ve discovered? (1:05:40); How do you make people understand the value of scientific communication? (1:08:10); Are the skills more difficult to relay to a hostile audience? (1:10:45); Which of your media roles have you enjoyed most? (1:13:30); What are you afraid of? (1:16:06); How has what you learned influence your daily life? (1:18:05); What scientist would you have liked to meet? (1:21:10); How can we combat mistrust of the scientific community? (1:22:45); conclusion remarks (1:25:55); What has been the best part of your long and industrious career? (1:26:45) Video ends (1:28:31).


  • May 2, 2018
  • Migrated: January 8, 2020


Conditions Governing Access

The recording of the Distinguished Speaker Series event with Alan Alda, May 2, 2018 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.431 Gigabytes (1 file (1:28:31 hours))

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DVD 11-6-1392-123-BD

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Digital files created by William Regan and the Office of Special Events were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital optical discs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles and file titles were altered to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.

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