Neil Howe (born October 21, 1951) is an American author and consultant. He is best known for his work with William Strauss on social generations regarding a theorized generational cycle in American history. Howe is currently the managing director of demography at Hedgeye and he is president of Saeculum Research and LifeCourse Associates, consulting companies he founded with Strauss to apply Strauss–Howe generational theory. He is also a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Global Aging Initiative, and a senior advisor to the Concord Coalition.
William Strauss (December 5, 1947 – December 18, 2007) was an American author, playwright, theater director, and lecturer. As an author, he is known for his work with Neil Howe on social generations and for Strauss–Howe generational theory. He is also known as the co-founder and director of the satirical musical theater group the Capitol Steps, and as the co-founder of the Cappies, a critics and awards program for high school theater students.
Neil Postman (March 8, 1931 – October 5, 2003) was an American author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic, who eschewed technology, including personal computers in school and cruise control in cars, and is best known for twenty books regarding technology and education, including Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Conscientious Objections (1988), Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992), The Disappearance of Childhood (1994), and The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School (1995).
Kevin Adam Curtis (born 26 May 1955) is an English documentary filmmaker.Curtis was a relatively conventional documentary producer for the BBC throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. The release of Pandora's Box (1992) marked the introduction of Curtis's distinctive presentation that uses collage to explore aspects of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. His style has been described as involving, "whiplash digressions, menacing atmospherics and arpeggiated scores, and the near-psychedelic compilation of archival footage", narrated by Curtis himself with "patrician economy and assertion". Curtis's films have won four BAFTAs.
Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 35 books and more than 400 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and the Member of the Order of Canada; in 2010 he was listed by Foreign Policy among the top 100 global thinkers. He has worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions, has been an invited speaker in nearly 400 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has lectured at many universities in North America, Europe and East Asia. His wife Eva is a physician and his son David is an organic chemist
Sebastian Junger (born January 17, 1962) is an American journalist, author and filmmaker. He is noted for his book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (1997), a creative nonfiction work which became a bestseller; and for his documentary films Restrepo (2010) and Korengal (2014), which won awards. He also wrote the book War (2010).
I am an assistant professor in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship group at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Before joining the faculty at Minnesota, I earned my PhD in economic sociology and organizations at the University of Michigan. My research focuses primarily on network science, technology strategy, and the science of science. I also have a large stream of research that applies methods from network science to the study of health care delivery and reform. Findings from my work have been published in a number of different outlets, including sociology and management journals Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly, and health care and medical journals like Medical Care, Health Services Research, JAMA Surgery, and Annals of Surgery, among others. Support for my research has come through grants from the National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institute for Health Care Management, the University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Initiative, and several other groups. Most of my teaching is on business and society, data privacy and ethics, and computational social science.
Erin Leahey is Professor and Director of Sociology at the University of Arizona and an elected member of the Sociological Research Association. She is known largely for her work on science, scientific careers, and inequality therein. Recently she has focused on studying the costs, benefits, and precursors of interdisciplinary research at both the individual and organization levels. She has published over 32 peer-reviewed articles, including six in our discipline’s top three journals (ASR, AJS, and Social Forces) and two in the Annual Review of Sociology. Professor Leahey has been awarded over $1 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2008-09. She has served on the editorial board of two of the three top generalist journals in sociology (ASR and Social Forces) as well as specialty journals like Sociological Methodology and Journal of Higher Education. Professor Leahey has been elected to council positions in three sections of the American Sociological Association: Methodology; Organization, Occupations, and Work (OOW); and Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT). Her works extends beyond sociology into the fields of higher education, management, and information science – where you can find many of her collaborators and some former PhD students as well. Professor Leahey regularly gives invited talks around the country, and has been invited to give talks or keynote addresses in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Singapore, The Netherlands, Canada, England, and Wales.
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