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Making the Future

April 10 - 13

Minerva statue at SUNY Potsdam

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. Many of the Campus Festival events focus on our campus community and region, while others will use the theme as a lens to examine global issues and advances.

There is now a final schedule and list of late changes. This includes times and room assignments, though one or two of the latter may be subject to change (all changes will be posted).

Keynote speakers

Dr. John Warner: Green Chemistry: New Eyes and New Ideas in Science

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

Dr. John Warner is President and 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.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: Women taking power seriously

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

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is former Lieutenant-Governor of Maryland. She 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.



The following list shows the events planned for the conference, organized by general topic. The keynote events (above) are included, and activities that overlap subject areas may be listed more than once.

Globalism, Music and Media

Science and Technology

Environment and Sustainability

Politics and Human Rights

Martial Arts

Language and Literature


Archaeology and Anthropology

Libraries, Internet and Digital Humanities

Native American Culture


About this wiki

This site provides an informal portal to information about the SUNY Potsdam 2013 Academic Festival. It is used to supplement the main festival website with extra detail and updates on specific events.

© 2013 The State University of New York at Potsdam, all rights reserved.

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