Submitted by Robert C. Hicks on Tuesday, 5/28/2013, at 12:32 PM

Digital Era Paradigm Shifts: New Ways of Looking at Media, Content & Creativity

As digital technology has gradually taken over all of the ways in which we create, communicate, market, distribute and consume information and entertainment, a set of paradigm shifts has all the nature of relationships and the concepts by which we understand productivity, responsibility and accountability. As a closet geek and media/entertainment veteran,

John Tarnoff '73, Facto! Newspeak Media LLC, has both witnessed and participated in the digital revolution in media/entertainment over the last 25 years. He offers up a series of observations on this phenomenon to hopefully help us all navigate the next the next 25 years, both on and off our screens.

The Outlook for Energy: a View to 2040

 Energy is a serious topic. It is also a topic subject to sound bites and all-too-quick assumptions by influential people and institutions. The world's largest non-government energy company, Exxon Mobil, studies energy trends and uses its findings to guide its investments in the oil and gas business around the world. Since the 1960s the company has published its outlook in an effort to increase understanding of energy trends and the issues associated with them. What do you know or think you know about energy? Will global energy use be increasing in the next several decades or will its growth peak and begin to decline? Are high energy prices good or bad for the world? Are we running out of fossil fuels? How rapidly and to what extent can carbon-free energy sources replace fossil fuels? Are CO2 emissions in the U.S. and Europe increasing or decreasing, and what is the outlook for global CO2 emissions?

Jim Mixter '73 will present Exxon Mobil's current Energy Outlook and engage in conversation on energy issues.

Beyond Boundaries: From 20th-Century to 21st-Century Music

The class of 1973 arrived at Amherst clutching vinyl records and cassette tapes. Classical music reigned in Buckley Recital Hall and overwhelmingly dominated the Music Department curriculum. The works of the great twentieth-century modernists—Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Bartok, Stravinsky were presented not only as models for fledgling composers but as a stylistic culmination of music history. Could music—or at least “serious” music—possibly evolve any further? And if so, how? Such questions fueled many late-night conversations among denizens of the music business.

Forty years later, it’s clear that anxieties about “the end of music” were unwarranted. Not only music itself but the broader world of music production, presentation, dissemination, and reception has changed in ways that were all but unimaginable in 1973.

This panel of superannuated music majors, Theodore Levin '73, Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music, Dartmouth College, Scott Wheeler '73, Professor of Performing Arts, Emerson College and Gregory Hayes '73, Senior Lecturer, Dartmouth College will share examples of their own work, performed live and on record that illustrate their own contributions to our changing musical life.

Health Care in America—First, the Good News

Changes in the science of medicine and the delivery of care have been dizzying. In our professional lifetimes we’ve seen new, major disease scourges arise and spread, and then yield to new  treatments. Health care has become a dominant force in the economy, and a heavy burden on individual and corporate budgets. Our experiences as patients in some ways have changed dramatically, and in other ways not at all.

The panelists, Steven Coulter ‘73, M.D.,President, Blue Crodd Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Institute, David Margulies ‘73, M.D. Executive Director, The Gene Partnership, Children's Hospital Boston; Faculties of Bioinformatics, Genetics and Developmental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Steven Scheinman ’73, M.D. President and Dean, The Commonwealth Medical College, and Paul Yock ‘73, M.D. Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine and Director, Program in Biodesign, Stanford University, leaders in bioengineering, informatics, genetics, education, and financing, will share their perspectives on the direction of change and speculate on what health care will look like in coming generation.

Politics Then and Now

When the class of ’73 was at Amherst there were protests in the streets and political divisions ran deep. We now live in a time when we can all choose our news sources, and politicians choose their voters. If there was once a shared culture, it no longer exists, or at least is not the same. Our political discourse seems as polarized as ever. The internet has allowed for an explosion of information, much of it unfiltered, that is difficult for governments and editors to control, and has contributed to social upheaval across the world. The medium may not be the whole message, it certainly does shape it. The center of gravity of American politics has shifted to the right, while our society in other ways continues to evolve progressively – for example in supporting gay marriage, and in electing, twice, a black man as President.

This panel of George Johnson, Jr., 73, Peter Scheer ’73 and George Shulman '73 will attempt to make some sense of these trends.

Reflections on Post-Conflict Kosovo and Realities and Prospects on Both Sides of the Jordan River

 Robert Dean ’73, Chief of Party, Rule of Law project (USAID funded), Amman, Jordan, was a prosecuting attorney in Maryland for three decades before turning to international work. Since 2005 he has prosecuted war crimes in Kosovo as part of the United Nations and European Union missions there; has directed a Rule of Law project in Ramallah, West Bank, funded by the U.S State Department to enhance the criminal investigation skills of Palestinian police and prosecutors; and currently directs a USAID funded Rule of Law project to modernize the courts and improve the functioning of judges and prosecutors in Jordan. Mr. Dean will share his experiences on what it is like to live and work in a post-conflict area (Kosovo), and about life as an American in the West Bank and Jordan. He will reflect on America’s goals in the Middle East and how US policies at times work at cross-purposes to those goals; the sentiments, hopes, and disappointments people in that region; and his thoughts on prospects for the future in these areas.