Go Big

babaEiho Baba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies

Eiho Baba (Rong-Fong Chang) is half-Taiwanese and half-Japanese. He teaches various courses on Chinese and Japanese philosophies, which satisfy both the non-Western requirement at the Department of Philosophy and the philosophy and religion requirement at the Department of Asian Studies. He specializes in comparative philosophy, Chinese philosophy, Japanese philosophy, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Dr. Baba will be speaking on how we lose some of the meaning of other culture’s texts when viewed through our own lens.

Susan Bennett - 1Susan Bennett

The Voice of Siri

I’m a working singer, musician, and voice actor, best known for being the original voice of Siri.  I’m also the voice of Delta Airlines gates worldwide, and I’ve sung with Burt Bacharach, Roy Orbison, and Elton John, as well as with my husband, guitarist Rick Hinkle, in The Interactive! Band, Boomers Gone Wild, and The Siri Sings Band.

Accidentally Famous: How a working voice actor became one of the most famous voices in the world, Siri, and how it affected her (my) life.

adrienneburrisAdrienne K. Burris

Founder/Program Director of Greenville Wordsmiths

“Syndrome Publishing” is a literary trend that has resulted in bookshelves littered with award-winning novels about autism. Adrienne explores whether these books create characters or caricatures, then challenges you to reconsider your expectations of the disability narrative.

glen-croppedGlen Courtright

Founder and CEO of EnviroFlight

Talk title: Bugs Save The World

Glen Courtright and his company, EnviroFlight, harness the natural behavior of Black Soldier Fly Larvae to feed a rapidly expanding global population. He is passionate about solving big problems. He spent much of his career connecting the dots, asking questions, trying innovative ideas in order to create new and better solutions. His career spans telematics (think On*Star), renewable energy, automotive, aerospace, and a few things from his military days that he really can’t talk about.

Driven initially to discover a sustainable alternate fuel source, Glen began experimenting with Black Soldier Flies in 2009 with a Pilot Plant in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Observing, analyzing, processing, fire-storming across right and left brain, he quickly saw the potential to re-work and optimize existing academic models with a view to going big. After 5 years of research and prototyping, Glen achieved commercial scale production in 2015.

Along the way, he discovered that Black Soldier Fly Larvae could be utilized as a protein source for aquaculture and livestock while reducing global need for fishmeal. Glen’s company has the potential to feed the animals that will ultimately feed a rapidly growing global population. As an added benefit, the larvae are fed pre-consumer food manufacturing leftovers and by-products; in other words, EnviroFlight keeps food waste out of landfills and reclaims nutrients to go back into the food chain.

From here, EnviroFlight will swarm and grow. Believe it or not – Glen and EnviroFlight are addressing world hunger with the help of bugs.

raygarnerRay Garner

Furman University Class of 2018

Space and our culture are stitched together at the seams. From our early ancestors finding patterns in the night skies, to modern astronauts planning their first trip to Mars, space’s influence can be found everyday. Just look at who inspires us, people like Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye. We loved hearing about New Horizon’s trip to Pluto. Space inspires us to be better people and to strive towards a better tomorrow. And you can’t put a price on that.

Raised in Conyers, GA, Ray is a physics major with a strong interest in astrophysics. He is the treasurer of the Furman Astronomy Club and a tutor for the physics department. He has also published his very own book, The Night Sky: A Guide to the 88 Constellations. Ray hopes to share his enthusiasm for all things space with you!

timhanksTimothy W. Hanks, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Nanotechnology is an enormously powerful approach to a host of challenges facing society ranging from medicine to environmental stewardship to sustainable energy. We can avoid many of the inadvertent problems that have plagued other emerging technologies by turning to nature for inspiration in the design of nano-sized devices.

lexieharveyLexie Harvey

Furman University Class of 2018

Lexie is a communications and political science double major at Furman University. The goal of Lexie’s talk is to promote awareness of the “Addiction America Applauds”—busyness. In highlighting the root causes of this addiction, Lexie plans to encourage people to take a step back and begin to value rest in itself. As a whole, America has promptly created an identity in busyness, one that detracts from reality and the value of real hearts. In her talk, she hopes to encourage the exposure of this identity within each person.

scotthendersonA. Scott Henderson, Ph.D.

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Education

Where does one person’s right stop and another person’s right start? Admittedly, there will always be a certain amount of tension between the “stop” and the “start.” Nevertheless, being able to answer this question is fundamental to our survival as a country based on the concept of E Pluribus Unum (“one from many”).

Scott holds a Ph.D. in history, with a specialty in American political and social movements.

tindallouversonTindall Ouverson

Furman University Class of 2018

Tindall is a sustainability major, a 2015-2016 Compost Marketing Fellow, and was a 2014-2015 Compost Fellow with the Shi Center for Sustainability. She will be speaking about bokashi, or Japanese fermented composting, and how it is a viable solution for more sustainable management of food waste in America. Passionate individuals can take little-known ideas like bokashi and be the gateway through which knowledge and change spreads.  

camiliapascualCam Pascual

Cofounder and Director of Innovation, Food Recovery Network

Why are we telling students they can’t? Cam Pascual shares how trusting young people to lead transformed a simple idea into a national movement of college students fighting hunger and climate change.


Fr. Patrick TuttleFr. Patrick Tuttle, OFM, M.Div.

Pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Church & School, Chaplain at Furman University

Talk title: “Going Big: Notions of Institutional Religion Becoming Impoverished.”


markwexlerMark Wexler

Founder of Not For Sale, Just Business, REBBLand the San Francisco-based Invention Hub business incubator

Mark will be speaking on ending modern-day slavery and how we must radically reinvent our business model.