January Salons

Reservations required for all salons.

Spaces for some salons are limited and reservations will be
accepted in order of receipt. If you cannot honor
a reservation please call to cancel.

(chair) = please bring small folding chair
that has padded tips on chair legs.



4th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
New Tech and Apps in Arizona

Hayley Ringle, tech writer for the Phoenix Business Journal, will discuss new tech companies and apps in Arizona.



5th Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Living the Good Life
in Ancient Teotihuacan

New discoveries reveal that the residents of ancient Teotihuacan had a high quality of life and a collective form of government, very rare for the ancient world. How did they achieve this, and how do we know this today? Michael E. Smith, PhD, professor of anthropology and Graduate Director, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, and director, ASU Teotihuacan Research Laboratory, will discuss ancient Teotihuacan.



9th Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Eastern and Western Europe

Lenka Bustikova, PhD, a professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies, and an affiliate of the Melikian Center, ASU, will discuss the relationship of Eastern and Western Europe.



11th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Adolf Hitler

Volker Benkert, PhD, a professor at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, ASU,
will discuss the rise of Adolf Hitler and how he gained power in Germany.



12th Thursday 6PM The Salon & Reception
Travel Photography of Matt Cohen

A 6PM reception for the artwork photography of Matt Cohen that will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres hosted by FineMark Bank, will be followed at 7PM with a conversation by Matt Cohen, who has visited more than 100 countries, about travel photography.



16th Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Alexander Hamilton

Brooks Simpson, PhD, an ASU Foundation Professor of History, at Barrett Honors College, will discuss the American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton.



17th Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Driverless Trucks and Cars

Gary Marchant, PhD, a professor of law and director of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation, ASU,
will discuss the economic and societal impact, possibilities and future of driverless trucks and cars.



20th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Augmenting Reality:
Day Thoughts of a Quantum Physicist

Frank Wilczek, PhD, is a Nobel Laureate theoretical physicist, author of ‘A Beautiful Question’ a professor at MIT, Stockholm University, Origins, ASU, and chief scientist, Wilczek Quantum Center, Zhejiang University of Technology, China. Frank writes:

People often ask me what I’m working on.  I finally came up with a good answer, that’s not too technical: augmenting reality.   I’ll discuss the concept of augmented reality in general, and sketch out some of the ways modern physics gives us that, highlighting three of my own fantasies - axions, anyons, and time crystals - that seem to be materializing.



23rd Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Canine Cancer

William Hendricks, PhD, Integrated Cancer Genomics Division, TGen, will discuss his cancer research with dogs and the applications for humans. This salon is part of a series with The Biodesign Institute, ASU.



26th Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)

Mary Jo Pitzl, political reporter at The Arizona Republic, will discuss US and Arizona politics.


29th Sunday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Music for Guitar

At an historic adobe mansion, The Petrichor Guitar Duo of John Oeth and Andrew Smith, will perform American, Spanish, and Argentine guitar music.




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