Academic Festival 2013

Making the Future

April 10 - 13

SUNY Potsdam's 2013 Academic Festival will bring together students, scholars, artists and community members during the tri-annual celebration. The festival, entitled: "Making the Future", will feature lectures, panel discussions, workshops, seminars, displays and performances from April 10 to 13, 2013.

As a celebration of academics on campus, the purpose of the festival is to introduce the community, students, faculty and staff to cutting-edge research and creative activity on topics of importance. All events are free and open to the public, and many students will be granted permission to leave their classes to participate. 

There is a complete list of events and schedule for the festival available.  More details are available on the festival wiki, and you may also follow events through student blogs, Facebook and Twitter feeds.  The keynote events are shown below:


Keynote speakers

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - Kellas 106

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Dr. John Warner, President, Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. “Green chemistry: New eyes and new ideas in science.”  Dr.Warner is one of the two founders of the green chemistry movement that has made sustainability a central theme of modern chemistry. 







Thursday, April 11th, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - Hosmer Hall


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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant-Governor of Maryland: “Women taking power seriously.”
  Townsend is an attorney and writer, and she helps to raise funds for the Democratic Party.  She is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and niece of John F. Kennedy. (View Biography (PDF))