We took the mag on the road in recent months—for the inaugural Santa Clara Magazine LIVE. Alumni, parents, and friends joined us for a quartet of events in the U.S. and one in the U.K.
For audiences in Chicago, Denver, London, Berkeley, and Mountain View, we produced an edition in person: Mission Matters, with University news updates from President Michael Engh, S.J., and Jesuit School of Theology Dean Kevin O’Brien, S.J., with video interviews with some of the students and teaching scholars who bring ethics and innovation to their work on campus.
The Feature Well included talks and conversations with the thinkers and doers whose ideas fill our pages. Professor of Engineering Christopher Kitts took us into outer space and underwater with satellites and robots.
Allison Kopf ’11 tackled agriculture and ethics and feeding the world; she’s CEO of the startup Agrilyst, and while a student hear was project manager for the SCU team in the Solar Decathlon—in which the house they built won third on the planet.
Professor of Philosophy Shannon Vallor unpacked the ethical challenges we need to face in “Lessons from the AI Mirror.” (Don’t like what you see? Perhaps it’s not the mirror to blame, but what it is reflecting back in a distorted way.)
And Michael S. Malone ’75, MBA ’77 traced how the center of gravity is shifting in Silicon Valley—toward Santa Clara; and how, with the automation revolution, we’re on the cusp of a societal “phase change” on par with the invention of agriculture and the industrial revolution. After this, nothing will be the same—and we won’t even be able to remember what life was like.
The magazine would not be complete without Bronco News, of course. That’s where we brought the evening back to our audience with a Q&A, hosted by editor Steven Boyd Saum. Followed, of course, by a reception for Broncos to chat one-on-one with speakers and to connect with one another.