Vivek Wadhwa and Ahmen Zewail

“Technology's Promise, Humanity's Future"

UCSB November 18, 2012

As late as the mid-twentieth century science and technology were celebrated as instruments of progress, but by the early twenty-first century they were viewed as threats to life on earth. How may science and technology be managed to advance humanity? These are concerns Wadhwa and Zewail strive to address.


"Our world is on one globe, yet we see divisions and clashes under slogans such as 'Conflict of Civilizations' and 'Conflict of Religions'. It seems clear that what we need the most are dialogues and building of bridges between cultures and between people. At the end, what we need the most is Education to dispel ignorance about the core of humanity and the value in being humans."

Ahmed Zewail, November 18th, 2012, on the occasion of giving the World Harmony Lecture in Santa Barbara, CA

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University, Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice” – for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans”.


Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, serves as Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, (Caltech), where he is currently the Director of the Moore Foundation’s Center for Physical Biology. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Council of Advisors of the White House and named him as the first United States Science Envoy to the Middle Ease. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the Top American Leaders of the year by The Washington Post and Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.


This program in the lecture series was recorded on 11/18/2012 at the Capps center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Thanks to the Capps center and UCSB for their commitment to this program and their enlightening ongoing study of ethics, religion and public life.


Mr. Ahmed Zewail's signed copy of the
World Harmony Online Pledge.
(click to enlarge)

Presented by the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life at UCSB.