Introduced in 2005 as the Distinguished Lecture Series, this annual event engages the Greater Cleveland community in discourse on important topics of our time. In 2010, the event was named in honor of Francis Joseph Callahan Jr., local business leader, philanthropist and chairman emeritus of Swagelok, a leading fluid system manufacturer headquartered in Solon, Ohio.
Each year, a representative faculty committee recommends speakers for the series.
Previous speakers include noted Harvard University psychologist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond, Kay Redfield Jamison, an international authority on mood disorders and New York Times best-selling authors Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband.
Sherry Turkle will visit Case Western Reserve University as the keynote speaker for the 2015 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. An author, consultant, researcher, licensed clinical psychologist and the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, Sherry Turkle, has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. She is the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self and is often referred to by many as the “Margaret Mead of digital culture.