SOURCE: Brentwood School

Brentwood School, Los Angeles

January 10, 2011 11:43 ET

Brentwood School's John Hutson Memorial Guest Lecture Series Provides a Unique Opportunity for the Community

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - Brentwood School invites the community to hear renowned inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist RAY KURZWEIL on Friday, January 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. as part of the John Hutson Memorial Guest Lecture Series. Kurzweil's presentations to diverse audiences combine wit and keen insight into contemporary issues of technology and its impact on society.

Called "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes, Kurzweil's ideas on the future have been touted by his many fans, ranging from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton. His national best-selling book, The Singularity is Near, has received widespread acclaim and has achieved the #1 status on in the categories of both science and artificial intelligence.

Kurzweil is widely regarded as one of the leading inventors of our time. He was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition (OCR), the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large vocabulary speech recognition. These technologies continue today as market leaders in their respective industries, industries that Kurzweil pioneered.

To purchase tickets, please visit Tickets are $25.00 each for the general public and $10.00 each for students and teachers from other schools -- when school I.D. is provided. The lecture will take place in the Brentwood School East Campus Gymnasium (100 S. Barrington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90049).

"Brentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth." This first sentence of the school's Statement of Purpose is meant to engage not only students, teachers, and parents, but also the wider public community.

To that end, in the fall of 1996, a unique speaker series was established in memory of former History and Political Science Chair, John Hutson, a passionate historian and beloved teacher. The series presents distinguished speakers each year, providing Brentwood School students, parents, faculty, and alumni, as well as community members, with unique opportunities to hear from highly notable, world-renowned authorities in literature, journalism, science, the arts, history, philosophy, and politics.

This is a very special two-part annual series. The first is an evening event open to the public. Past speakers have included Maya Angelou, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Frank McCourt, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Edward Albee, Leah Rabin, Kurt Vonnegut, Amy Tan, Leon Panetta, Joyce Carol Oates, William Styron, Tony Kushner, Edward O. Wilson, Stephen Carter, Alice Walker, Alice Sebold, Eric Schlosser, Margaret Atwood, Daniel Pink, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.

The second part of the series, a visiting scholar event, brings relevant speakers on campus to work with students and faculty in individual classroom visits and in assembly presentations. Past visiting scholars have included: U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Tobias Wolff, Wade Davis, Gus Lee, Luis Rodriguez, Clayborne Carson, Orville Schell, Mark Mathabane, and Sarah Culberson.

The John Hutson Memorial Guest Lecture Series has enriched lives and opened minds throughout its 15-year history. The next installment in the series with Ray Kurzweil certainly continues that tradition.

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