AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Chancellor David K. Scott will give a keynote address at the Sixth Olympiad of the Mind, to be held at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, Nov. 16-17. The title of the Olympiad is "The Next Communication Civilization." Scott''s address is titled "Learning in an Integrative Age: The University of Communication."
Scott is also co-chairing a session called "Educating citizens for the next communication civilization." Other sessions include: "The role of media in the global culture," "Communication as a way to keep peace: the power of mind and spirit to defeat violence," "The digital divide," "The place of the individual scientist in a global academy," and "Creating international and domestic communications policy for the public interest."
Previous Olympiad speakers have included Nobel Laureates Leo Esaki, president of the Science and Technology Foundation, Tsukuba, Japan, and Nicolaas Bloembergen, of Harvard University; the Rt. Hon. A.M. Hegazy, former prime minister of Egypt, and Frederick Seitz, president emeritus of Rockefeller University and former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. This year''s participants include the Rt. Hon. F.W. De Klerk, Nobel Laureate and past president of South Africa; Piel Gerard, founder and former president and chair of Scientific American; Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate in Physics; and Dorothy Hackbath, president of UNESCO Association of the USA Inc.
The fifth Olympiad of the Mind was held in 1996 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in conjunction with the Centennial Olympic Games. The third and fourth Olympiads were held at Harvard University, in 1993 and 1994. The first two Olympiads where held in Greece in 1991 and 1992.
The Olympiad of the Mind is organized under the International Science, Technology, Economics and Politics for Society (STEPS) Foundation, which was founded in 1970 as the International Science Foundation, and is centered on the classical Hellenic intellectual tradition of generating new solutions for the betterment of humankind.
According to the organization''s statement of purpose, Olympiad of the Mind participants compete "to produce the best ideas and policy recommendations for action that will help achieve world peace for the whole of humanity."
Scott said: "I am honored to be a part of this world gathering. Increasing and improving communication is both a challenge and a necessity for all of us if we are to increase cooperation and understanding between individuals, organizations, and nations in an Integrative Age. This is the best kind of competition, the kind that affects our lives and has distinct consequences for our society."