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Past Themes

2013-14: Media: Past, Present, Future

  • Imaging War
  • The Future of Television?
  • Media Literacy: How Do We Know What We Know?
  • Media: How We Are All Creators

2012-13: Frontiers of Science

  • The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
  • Celebrity Science: The Lives of Geniuses and Heretics
  • Life and Death in the Museum
  • The Science Wars

2011-12: Health and Society

  • Clashing Views in Health and Society
  • The Social Determinants of Health
  • The City and the Senses
  • Perspectives on Disability

2010-11: The City

  • Vital Systems of Cities
  • Global Cities
  • The Political Development of US Cities

2009-10: Energy

2008-09: Democracy

2007-08: Health and Society

2006-07

  • The European Union
  • Global Warming
  • Design

2005-06

  • Evolution
  • The Atomic Bomb
  • The Mississippi River
  • Physical Philadelphia

2004-05

  • Musical Theater
  • The Skyscraper
  • A Sustainable Earth

2003-04

  • The Portrait
  • The Automobile
  • Globalization

2002-03

  • The Atomic Bomb
  • Frankenstein
  • The Statue of Liberty

2001-02

  • Oil
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Christmas

2000-01

  • Yosemite National Park
  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Bhagavid-Gita