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CUR Conference 2014

Plenary Speakers

Saturday, June 28 at 5:00PM: Liz Lerman, "Trans-domain Practice and Creative Research"
We are very excited that Liz Lerman, the renowned choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, will be our lead keynote speaker at CUR2014, addressing the topic of undergraduate research in the creative arts. She's the founder of the Dance Exchange in Baltimore, a winner of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, and an active teacher who applies "art in fields as diverse as faith, aging, particle physics, and human rights law."  As you can see from her calendar, June is a busy month for Liz, and she has asked CUR to share that her new dance theater piece "Healing Wars" will be inaugurated the week before CUR 2014 at Washington’s Arena Theater. Tickets for this world premiere performance, which will be narrated by actor Bill Pullman, are going quickly. Consider arriving early for the CUR Biennial, and also taking in this exciting new theatrical experience!
Sunday, June 29 at 8:30AM: Muriel Howard, "Undergraduate Research: Expanding the Outcomes for the Student, the Discipline, the Community"
President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) since 2009, and past-President of SUNY Buffalo State College, Dr. Howard has long been an effective champion of higher education in a social justice context. She is a national spokesperson for the role academic institutions need to play as "stewards of place", with ties to and responsibilities for the prosperity and quality of life in communities surrounding campuses. Her presentation after breakfast on the 29th will galvanize us to consider the higher education environment through the lens of student access, success, and equity, to expand on the unique role high-impact practices such as undergraduate research can play both for institutional and community success, and to offer recommendations on how faculty, staff, and students can bring these practices more successfully to the attention of Washington-based decision-makers.

Monday, June 30 at 6:00PM: Christopher Austin, "Catalyzing Translational Innovation"
Appointed as the first permanent director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) newest center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Dr. Christopher Austin leads NCATS in its mission to catalyze the generation of cures from basic and applied research. His leadership is providing new strategies for the biomedical and health communities to speed the discovery and delivery of interventions that improve human health. His talk, which will take place right before the conference banquet, will focus on increasing the efficiency of translation of research to cures and therapies, and the role that higher education and undergraduate research, in particular, can play to develop these cures and to expand the pipeline of future research leaders and innovators. Dr. Austin’s previous career includes experiences as a medical doctor, research scientist and director in industry, academic, and NIH settings.
Tuesday, July 1 at 11:00AM: Richard Kurin, "Seeking the 'Real Stuff': Undergraduate Research and the Smithsonian Institution"
Stay with us through the CUR Biennial 2014 to hear from our closing keynote speaker Smithsonian Institution Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Dr. Richard Kurin. Kurin is responsible for most of the Institution’s museums, including the Anacostia Community Museum; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Museum of African American History and Culture; National Museum of African Art; National Museum of American History; National Museum of the American Indian; National Portrait Gallery; National Postal Museum; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, which are all here in DC. Kurin also oversees several of the Smithsonian’s research and outreach programs and has responsibilities for the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Office of Fellowships and Internships, the National Collections Program, the Office of International Relations and the Institution’s major international education and training initiatives. A former Fulbright fellow, Kurin earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and taught at The Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of many multimedia presentations, articles, and books, including Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem; Reflections of a Cultural Broker: A View from the Smithsonian; Madcap May: Mistress of Myth, Men, and Hope; and The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.  CUR is proud to announce that the latter publication is one of the selections for the book discussion lunch on Sunday, June 29th.


Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.

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