In fall of 2006, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) hosted The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East, a presentation by University of Minnesota Professor Michael Barnett, who was then the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

This was the first edition of Headliners. From former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale to Regents and McKnight Distinguished Professor of English and author Patricia Hampl, the series has featured the work of 112 distinguished scholars and researchers whose work illuminates timely topics and has an impact on the world. Headliners’ reach—with both live and online audiences—has been significant.
We have, however, decided to retire the series. It was a difficult decision, as we know how popular the program was in its heyday. Headliners was a great way to broaden horizons and learn about cutting-edge information, and we are grateful for your many years of participation and support. (You can continue to find audio/video recordings of events from the past 17 years on Headliners’ YouTube playlist.)

While we will miss Headliners, there are still many ways to stay connected with what is going on at the University and we look forward to hosting you at future events.

Dr. Kate Schaefers
Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Dr. Bob Stine
Dean, College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Headliners Archive

Jessica Hellmann

Our Choices, Our Voices: Stemming the Tide of Climate Change
Jessica Hellmann, Heidi Roop, Fred Rose, Ashok Singh
November 16, 2022

David Aiona Chang

Indigenous Explorations: How Native Hawaiians (and Other Indigenous People) Explored the World to Defend Their Place in It
David Aiona Chang
May 5, 2022


Russell J Holmes

Harnessing Light Using Organic Semiconductor Device
Dr. Russell J. Holmes
April 7, 2022


Jill Elaine Hasday

Intimate Lies and the Law
Jill Elaine Hasday, JD
March 3, 2022


Bonnie Keeler

What Is Clean Water Worth? The State of Water in the State of Water
Dr. Bonnie Keeler
February 3, 2022


Dr Rob Warren

High School & Beyond: Tracing Early-Life Predictors of Cognitive Impairment
Dr. Rob Warren
December 2, 2021


Portrait of Michael Silverman

Music Therapy in Mental Health and Addiction
Dr. Michael J. Silverman
November 4, 2021
Audio not available


Dr Laura Niedernhofer and Dr Paul Robbins

Therapeutic Approaches for Healthy Aging
Dr. Laura J. Niedernhofer and Dr. Paul Robbins
October 7, 2021


Dr Ana Núñez

Intention and Action: Becoming a Change Agent
Dr. Ana Núñez
May 6, 2021


Dr Alik Widge

Engineering Brain Circuits to Treat Mental Illness
Dr. Alik Widge
April 1, 2021


HL Archive image of Dr Erika Lee

Xenophobia in America: How We Got Here and What's at Stake
Dr. Erika Lee
March 4, 2021
Audio not available


Jaime Modiano

Of Dogs, Dinosaurs, Elephants, and Kids: Demystifying (and Curing) Cancer
Dr. Jaime Modiano
February 4, 2021


Thumbnail of Barry Kudrowitz

Greased Lightning: How Play and Humor Fuel Innovation
Dr. Barry Kudrowitz
December 3, 2020
Audio not available


Portrait of Dr Kathryn Pearson

For the Ages: Election 2020
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
November 5, 2020


Portrait of Mark Hillmyer

Sustainable Solutions for Our Plastic Planet Predicament
Dr. Marc Hillmyer
October 1, 2020


Photo of Neel Kashkari smiling, facing camera

A Candid Conversation with Neel Kashkari (audio)
A Candid Conversation with Neel Kashkari (video)
Neel Kashkari
March 5, 2020


Michael Georgieff profile

What’s on Baby’s Mind? The Developmental Origins of Adult Mental Health and Disease
Dr. Michael Georgieff
February 6, 2020


Kate Brauman

Beyond Extinction: On Nature’s Value, Biodiversity Trends, and Causes for Hope
Dr. Kate Brauman
December 5, 2019


Francis Shen

How Neuroscience Will Revolutionize the Law
Dr. Francis X. Shen
November 7, 2019


Timothy R Johnson

The US Supreme Court: Still the Least Dangerous Branch?
Dr. Timothy R. Johnson
October 10, 2019


Clem Pryke

Studying the Beginning of the Universe from the Bottom of the World
Dr. Clem Pryke
May 2, 2019


Jane Kirtley

“Believe Me”: Seeking Truth in an Age of Disinformation
Jane Kirtley, JD
April 4, 2019


Tom Hanson

The Waning of Pax Americana? 
Tom Hanson
March 7, 2019


maria Gini

Intelligent Machines: AI’s Present and Future 
Dr. Maria Gini
February 7, 2019


Kathryn Pearson profile

Another Year for the Record Books? 2018 Election Results and the Implications for Governing
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
December 6, 2018


Dr. Sophia Vinogradov

Investigating Suicide, Self-Injury, and Psychosis: The Importance of the Research, the Risks to the Researchers  
Dr. Sophia Vinogradov
November 1, 2018
Audio not available

Mark Seeley

Climate Change in Our Own Backyards: Evidence and Implications
Dr. Mark Seeley
October 4, 2018


Overprescribed: Moving Beyond Opioid-Centered Care
Dr. Erin Krebs
May 3, 2018

Net Neutrality: Then, Now, Later
Christopher Terry
April 5, 2018

Astronomy’s Golden New Age: Observing the Universe with Gravitational Waves 
Dr. Vuk Mandic
March 1, 2018

Hidden Harms: The Supply and Demand of Sex Trading and Trafficking in Minnesota
Dr. Lauren Martin
February 8, 2018

Augmenting You: 3D Printed Bioelectronic Devices
Dr. Michael C. McAlpine
December 7, 2017
Audio not available

From ICE to Sanctuary Cities: The Myths and Realities of Immigration Enforcement
Linus Chan, JD
November 2, 2017

From the Lab: Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease 
Dr. Sylvain Lesné
October 5, 2017

The Art of the Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl
May 4, 2017
Audio not available

Our Health Economy: The Undiscovered Country
Dr. Stephen Parente
April 6, 2017
Audio not available

Cyber Crime: From Phishing to The Dark Net
Mark Lanterman
March 2, 2017

Best of Class: Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? 
Dr. Jason Hill
February 2, 2017
Audio not available

One for the Record Books: 2016 Election Results and the Implications for Governing
Dr. Kathryn Pearson
December 1, 2016

Beyond Cecil: Lions, Conservation, and Controversy
Dr. Craig Packer
November 3, 2016

Radio K Interview "Beyond Cecil" with Dr. Craig Packer
November 2016

Protecting Your Lunch: Food Fraud and Adulteration
Dr. Amy Kircher
October 6, 2016

Radio K Interview with Dr. Amy Kircher
October 4, 2016

The Anti-Campaign
Dr. Larry Jacobs
May 5, 2016

The Growing Stickiness of Criminal Labels
Dr. Christopher Uggen
April 7, 2016

News from Paris: Deciphering the UN Conference on Climate Change
Dr. Jessica Hellmann
March 3, 2016

When Everyone is Above Average: Inflated Rhetoric in Higher Education
Julie Schumacher
February 5, 2016

Mapping and Interfacing with the Human Brain
Dr. Bin He
December 3, 2015 
Audio not available

Stronger, Faster, Brighter: Wearable Technology and the Future of Clothing 
Dr. Lucy Dunne
November 5, 2015

Energy Evolution: Shaping the Future of Electricity
Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson
October 8, 2015 
Audio not available

Contemporary Fiction and the Modern Security State
Charles Baxter
May 7, 2015

Copper, Nickel, and Precious-Metal Deposits in Northeastern Minnesota: A Geological Perspective
Jim Miller
March 5, 2015

The Shifting Tides of Global Terrorism
Dr. Jarret Brachman
February 5, 2015 
Audio not available

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Tells Us about Modern Life
Dr. Marlene Zuk
December 4, 2014

Ebola: Rethinking Global Emergency Response
Dr. Jeffrey Bender
November 6, 2014

Explore, Teach, Inspire: Taking Education and Innovation to the Next Level
Dr. Aaron Doering
October 9, 2014

What's Next for Generation Next? R.T. Rybak Tackles the Education Achievement Gap
R.T. Rybak
May 1, 2014

Stem Cell Research and the Frankenstein Complex
Dr. John Wagner
March 6, 2014

Managing Global Crises and the Future of Our World
Dr. Eric Schwartz
February 6, 2014

A Trillion Reasons to Care: Early Evidence and Expectations of the Affordable Care Act
Dr. Jean Abraham
December 5, 2013

Galápagos Fragile Past, Brighter Future
Dr. Julia Ponder
November 7, 2013

Big Data Landscape: Technology, Economy, Society
Professor Ravi Bapna
October 3, 2013

Alleviating Global Poverty
Professor J. Brian Atwood
April 11, 2013

The Secret World of the Body's Blood-Clotting System: An Inside Look at the Elusive Platelet
Professor Christy Haynes
March 7, 2013

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: The Impact of Climate Change on Terrestrial Ecosystems
Regents Professor Peter Reich
February 7, 2013

What's Next? Envisioning the U's Future
President Eric Kaler
January 10, 2013

Fracking: Facts, Fiction, and Fixes
Professor Lawrence Wackett
December 6, 2012

Election 2012 Recap
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 8, 2012

Post-Revolution Egypt: The Struggle Continues
Professor Ragui Assaad
October 4, 2012

The New Public Square
Professor Heather LaMarre
April 5, 2012

Ramp Up to Readiness: Should College Be the Goal for Every Student?
Kent Pekel, executive director of the University of Minnesota College Readiness Consortium
March 1, 2012

What's Past is Prologue: The Global Economic Crisis
Professor Tim Kehoe 
February 2, 2012

Treating Man and His Best Friend
Professor John Ohlfest
January 5, 2012

Seven Billion and Counting
Professor Jonathan Foley
December 1, 2011

American Metropolitics: The New Suburban Reality
Professor Myron Orfield
November 3, 2011
American Metropolitics: PowerPoint Presentation

What's Next?: Debunking the Myths about Retirement in America
Professor Phyllis Moen
October 6, 2011

The Important Life of Bees
Professor Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Entomology
March 3, 2011

Easing the Economic Slowdown
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
February 3, 2011

Get Smart: A Power Grid for the 21st Century
Professor Massoud Amin
January 6, 2011

Book Versus Nook (and iPad and Kindle and Kobo and...)
Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press
December 2, 2010

Election 2010: Reading the Tea Leaves
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 4, 2010

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: The Controversy and the Science
Professor Jonathan Slack, director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota
October 7, 2010

The New Frugality
Chris Farrell, journalist and personal finance expert
April 4, 2010

The Curious Culture of Wall Street
Professor Karen Ho
March 4, 2010

Who Really Makes National Security Policy?
Vice President Walter Mondale and Larry Jacobs, director of the Center of the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
February 4, 2010

A Way Forward in Afghanistan
Professor Iraj Bashiri 
January 7, 2010

New Models for the News
Nora Paul, founding director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for New Media Studies
December 3, 2009

The Journey of Solar Decathlon 2009: A View from the Trenches
Peter Hilger, architect and CCE Construction Management faculty
November 5, 2009

Touching the Third Rail: The Politics of American Health Care
Larry Jacobs, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
October 1, 2009

The Awful, Lawful Joyride: Minnesota's Budget Rollercoaster
Jay Kiedrowski, former state finance commissioner and co-chair, Minnesota Budget Trends Study Commission
March 5, 2009

Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future
Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota
February 5, 2009

A Culture in Peril: Hmong Grave Desecration in Thailand
Professor Mai Na Lee
January 8, 2009

Where Do We Go From Here?: Transition in the White House
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
December 4, 2008

Election 2008: History in the Making
Professor Kathryn Pearson
November 6, 2008

Petropolitics and the Middle East
Professor William O. Beeman
October 2, 2008

The Foreclosure Crisis Hits Home
Professor Prentiss Cox
April 3, 2008

The China Connection
Professor Yongwei Zhang
March 6, 2008

On the Road in Search of Latino America
Professor Louis Mendoza
February 7, 2008

Global Warming...Regional Impact: Minnesota's Role in an Environmental Crisis
Professor Deborah Swackhamer
January 10, 2008

Game Theory in an Economic Maelstrom
Professor Varadarajan V. Chari
December 6, 2007

A Discovery of Cosmic Proportion
Professor Larry Rudnick
November 1, 2007

Bridges Fall Down
Professor John S. Adams
October 4, 2007

How "Free" Is the Freedom of the Press?
Professor Jane Kirtley
April 5, 2007

Understanding the Conflict in Somalia
Professor Abdi Samatar
February 1, 2007

The Next Generation of Biofuels
Professor David Tilman
January 11, 2007

The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
Professor Meri T. Firpo
December 7, 2006

The Social Web
Professor John T. Riedl
November 2, 2006

The Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
Professor Michael Barnett
October 5, 2006