June 21, 2013

P.W. Singer will speak at Bucknell University on Sept. 24

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By Heather Johns

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Peter Warren Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will speak at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

His talk, "NextWar: Trends and Technology Shaping the 21st-century Battlefield," is part of the continuing Bucknell Forum series "tech/no," which focuses on the evolution of technology's role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Brookings Institution is one of Washington's oldest think tanks, and Singer is the youngest senior fellow in its 95-year history. Repeatedly recognized as one of the world's most influential and innovative people, Singer has been named by the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation," by the Turner Broadcasting series "26 People to Save the World," by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world's "top 100 thinkers," and by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues.

Singer is the author of three award-winning books, Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War and the New York Times bestseller Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. He is at work on an upcoming book, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Should Know.

In his personal capacity, Singer has applied his expertise as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign's defense policy task force, and as an adviser for a variety of technology and entertainment world projects including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO and the Activision video game series "Call of Duty," the best selling entertainment project in history.

Singer has also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, Harvard University and the International Peace Academy.

The Bucknell Forum
"tech/no" embraces technology's perils and promises. The series aims to stir discussion about the pros and cons of technology, its benefits and damages, its legitimate promises and false panaceas, and its capacity to satisfy human need and desire even as it can bring risk and danger.

The Fall 2013 series includes a talk by multi-genre author Neil Gaiman on Oct. 1 and Cirque Du Soleil creative director Gillian Ferrabee on Nov. 5.