Forum Speaker Series to feature BusinessWeek writer, author

February 04, 2010

The 2009-10 Penn State Forum Speaker Series continues on Monday, Feb. 15 with a presentation by Stephen L. Baker, senior writer for BusinessWeek. His talk, titled “The Numerati: How Our Lives Will be Monitored, Measured and Managed in the Coming Age of Big Data,” will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the ballroom at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Baker, author of "The Numerati," is a senior writer at BusinessWeek, covering technology. Previously, he was a Paris correspondent. Baker joined BusinessWeek in March, 1987, as manager of the Mexico City bureau, where he was responsible for covering Mexico and Latin America. He was named Pittsburgh bureau manager in 1992. Before BusinessWeek, Baker was a reporter for the El Paso Herald-Post. Prior to that, he was chief economic reporter for The Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He blogs at and, and can be found on Twitter at @stevebaker.

Co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is open to the general public. Tickets for the Penn State Forum are $15. To purchase tickets for any or all of these events, contact the ID+ Office, located at 103 HUB-Robeson Building, University Park, call (814) 865-7590, or visit online for more information.

To suggest future Penn State Forum speakers, contact Gail Hurley, chair of the forum committee, at, or coordinator Carol Griffin at

The following speakers are scheduled to appear as a part of this year's Forum Speaker Series. For the complete list of speakers and their bios, visit online.

Justin Catanoso
“My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles”
Monday, March 15, 2010
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lisa See
“The Secrets We Keep: Finding the Lost Voice of China, Women, and Our Families”
Monday, April 5, 2010
President’s Hall, Penn Stater, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo
Former president of Nigeria
"Corruption, The Greatest Single Bane of Our Society Today”
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Last Updated August 04, 2009