Keynote Speaker

Kaeti Hinck '07The 2019 Symposium featured a keynote by Kaeti Hinck '07, "Ghosts in the machine: How technology is shaping our behaviors, what we believe, and how we live".

Kaeti is currently a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

As an editor at The Washington Post, she led a team of visual journalists, developers and data reporters. She has been involved with some of the Post’s most ambitious projects, including investigations about unsolved murder, segregation in America, drug industry corruption and police shootings.

Hinck previously worked as design director at the Institute for Nonprofit News and has explored the power of visual communication, technology and design in newsrooms for more than a decade.

During her Nieman fellowship, she is researching how neuroscience and psychology can inform the news ecosystem and reshape approaches to product design, visual journalism and trust.


Past Keynote Speakers

  • 2018 "Clouded leopards, orangutans and the quest of feeding 10 billion people a healthy and sustainable diet."
    Dr. Brent Loken '94, Science Liaison Officer for EAT
  • 2017 "Science and Reason in a Post-Truth Age."
    Dr. David Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College
  • 2016 "Shaping Perceptions from Misconceptions? Analyzing Myths and Realities of the Contemporary U.S. Immigration Debate"
     Dr. Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman '96, author of Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration: Examining the Facts
  • 2015 "Seriously Amazing Moments in Smithsonian Forensic Anthropology and Skeletal Biology"
    Dr. Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
  • 2014 "Turn that Frown Upside Down: A Heartwarming Tale of Debt and Deficits in the Modern Economy"
    Dr. Stephanie Kelton, professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • 2013 "Suffrage Parades, Pickets & Postcards: Images of Vulnerable Bodies & Civic Obligations"
    Dr. Catherine H. Palczewski, professor of Communication Studies and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa
  • 2012 "Academic Malpractice? The Ongoing Popularity of Creationism among High School Biology Teachers"
    Dr. Randy Moore, professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 2011 "Placing Nuns Inside the Women's West: Convent Archives and Academic Research"
    Dr. Anne M Butler, professor emerita of Utah State University
  • 2010 "Archiving American Literature Online: How the Digital Humanities
    Dr. Ed Folsom, Roy J. Carver Professor, University of Iowa
  • 2009 "The Human Genome Project: Why All the Fuss?"
    Alan E. Guttmacher, MD., Acting Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • 2008 "Rule of Law: The Holy Grail — What Is It and Why Is It So Difficult to Build?"
    Erik Jensen, Advisor to the World Bank & Asian Development Bank
  • 2007 "A New New World: The Democratization of Knowledge, Culture, Politics, and Pretty Much Everything in Between"
    Andrew McLaughlin, Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs for Google, Inc. & Senior Fellow at The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
  • 2006 "From Garbage to Stuff: How We Recycle Plastics"
    Dr. William F. Carroll, Vice-President, OxyChem, 2005 President of the American Chemical Society
  • 2005 "A Defense of Party Spirit"
    Dr. Russ Muirhead, Harvard University
  • 2004 "Small Talk: What It Does and Why It Matters"
    Dr. Julia T. Wood, professor of Communication at the Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • 2003 "The End of Ethics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit"
    John Lantos, MD, University of Chicago School of Medicine & MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • 2002 "The Funds, Friends, and Faith of Happy People"
    Dr. David Myers, Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, Hope College
  • 2001 "Ancient Wisdom & Modern Love"
    Dr. David O'Conner, University of Notre Dame