Dr. Scott Page, Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems and Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Economics, and Political Science, University of Michigan, will talk on “Leveraging Diversity: How We Can Use Our Differences to Improve Our World” from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Century Theatre in the Memorial Union at NDSU. Dr. Page will encourage us to think differently about our differences.  He will show us how our differences produce the Wisdom of Crowds effect and how our differences lead to more innovative and productive teams.

Following his talk, there will be a reception outside of the Century Theatre. Students, faculty, staff, community members, and the Tri-College are invited to attend. The event is co-sponsored by NDSU FORWARD and by the NDSU School of Graduate & Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Page’s research focuses on the myriad roles that diversity plays in complex systems. For example, how does diversity arise? Does diversity make a system more productive? How does diversity impact robustness? Does it make a system prone to large events? Dr. Page is author of three books, including “The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies” (Princeton U. Press.).

Visit his website for more information about his scholarship and teaching.