Nexus is a social space for international thought leaders to exchange and share insights and ideas.

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Each thought-provoking lecture is followed by a Q&A with the speaker and an opportunity to mingle and discuss over local wine by Kontokosta, teas by Plain-T, and hors d’oeuvres from the Ross Café.

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Spring and Summer Speakers

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary – clinical psychologist and award-winning author

Dr. Shefali Tsabary has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey as revolutionary and life-changing. Her groundbreaking approach to parenting has taken her books, like The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children, to the top of the New York Times best sellers list. Her blend of clinical psychology and Eastern mindfulness sets her apart as a leader in the field of mindfulness psychology. In addition to her private practice with families and couples, Dr. Tsabary speaks at events around the globe, spreading her message of conscious parenting and mindful living.

Saturday, May 25, 7pm


Laurie Anderson – Grammy winning Musician, multimedia artist, and filmmaker

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned, daring, and inventive artistic voices. Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, focusing particularly on language, technology, and visual imagery. Since that time, Anderson has gone on to create large-scale theatrical works which combine a variety of media—music, video, storytelling, projected imagery, sculpture—in which she is an electrifying performer. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo; as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including Big Science, featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to number 2 on the British pop charts. In 1999, she staged Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, an interpretation of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel. She lives and works in New York City.

Anderson received the 2019 Grammy award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Landfall, a collaboration with Kronos Quartet from Nonesuch Records. The album, which blends electronic and traditional string music, is inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated much of New York City in the fall of 2012. Other recent projects have included an ongoing interdisciplinary installation at MASS MoCA and the 2015 documentary Heart of a Dog, which was shortlisted for the best documentary Oscar and released by the Criterion Collection.

Saturday, july 27, 7pm


Carter Burwell – Oscar nominated Film Score Composer

Carter Burwell is among the most acclaimed and distinctive composers of film score working today. During the 1980's Carter pursued a parallel career in music, playing with a number of bands in New York City, particularly The SameThick Pigeon, and Radiante. He was also writing music for dance (RAB, which premiered at the Avignon Festival in 1984), theatre (The Myth Project at Naked Angels in 1989) and film (Blood Simple, Psycho III, Raising Arizona). Since this time he has scored a number of feature films including Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, Fargo, The Spanish Prisoner, Gods and Monsters, Being John Malkovich, Before Night Falls, Adaptation, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Burn After Reading, Where The Wild Things Are, Twilight, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, Seven Psychopaths, Carol and Anomalisa while teaching and continuing to compose dance (The Return of Lot's Wife), theatre (Cara Lucia, Theater of the New Ear) and other work.

Saturday, August 3, 7pm


The Nexus Lecture Series continues Ross School’s tradition of collaborating with the world’s leading thinkers.


The impetus for the series was to contribute to the Ross mission to continually expand and reshape our notion of schooling. Providing a multidisciplinary platform to the community at large allows guests to discover connections between disciplines, ideas, and phenomena. The format of the series is dynamic; some speakers opt for a lecture and Q & A while others design more participatory workshops. All speakers are encouraged to integrate their presentations with or respond to the speakers who came before them creating a network of insight and meaning.


Nexus is sponsored in part by Kontokosta Winery and Plain-T.

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