FM Thinks Small

It’s pretty complicated: 10 speakers, 10 minutes, and 10 small thoughts.
By Kathryn C. Reed

It’s pretty complicated: 10 speakers, 10 minutes, and 10 small thoughts.

Inspired by TED Talks and motivated by what makes Harvard extraordinary—avant-garde research, brilliant professors, and penetrating ideas—FM Thinks Small will be a mesmerizing two hours, a new Harvard tradition, and an all-around exciting, revolutionary, thought-provoking, and downright MINISCULE event.

Join us in hearing:

Caroline Elkins, Professor of History; Chair of the Standing Committee on African Studies; Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethnic Studies

“Contextualizing the Limits of Ethnicity, or, White Girls Dancing to Beyonce”

Richard Beaudoin, Lecturer on Music

“‘Ploughin’, ‘Plowin’ or ‘Plowing’: The Art and Etiquette of Naming Your Playlist”

S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation and Member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Consultant in Audiology in the University Health Services; Clinical Professor of Neurology

“Does Piercing Just My Right Ear Have Implications About My Orientation?”

Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics; Member of the Faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government

“An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of That Guy Who Counts Out Exact Change When There’s A Huge-Ass Line Behind Him And We’ve All Got, Like, Places to Be”

Joshua D. Greene, Assistant Professor of Psychology

“The Cognitive Effects of Angling the Mahogany Coffee Table So It’s Tangential to that Floral Couch in the Living Room”

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law

“Social Stigma and Tying One’s Shoes: An Empirical Study on the Bunny Ear Method”

Robert A. Lue, Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Tutor in Biochemical Sciences; Director of Life Sciences Education

“Wait, Can You Really Make a Volcano with Mentos and a Bottle of Coke?”

Tarek Masoud, Assistant Professor in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

“Feeling the Pinch: When Skinny Jeans Become an Affront to Society”

Lisa Randall, Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Physics

“Applied Precipitation Theory and Beer Pong: Bro, What Do You Mean, ‘Make it Rain’?”

Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value; Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows

“Visual Representation and Transmission: Evaluating The Members of Final Club Members #HarvardHoochies”