Our 2017 Speakers

Deborah Harkness
All Souls Trilogy Author, History Professor

A student and scholar of history, recipient of multiple fellowships, award winning wine blogger, and New York Times best selling author, Deborah Harkness is currently professor of European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her books include two works of non-fiction: John Dee’s Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature, and The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. Deborah Harkness's career in fiction began with A Discovery of Witches, followed by Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, the third book of the All Souls Trilogy. Over two million copies of the All Souls books have been sold in the United States, with publications following in 38 countries, and the series is now in development with Bad Wolf, who is adapting it for television.

Shelli Carter
Biologist, Professor

Shelli Carter has a PhD in biology with a focus on molecular biology from the University of Alabama and a MS in education with a focus in instructional design and technology from Purdue University. After completing her PhD, she worked for a private forensic company, as a consultant for the MITRE Corporation, and as a research scientist for the US government. She’s currently an Associate Professor of Science at the Colorado Technical University, College of General Education & Psychology, while also teaching for UA’s LifeTrack program. As part of LifeTrack, Shelli has designed and taught a course on “The Science of the Supernatural,” which examines whether there is any scientific or medical basis behind creatures such as Diana, Matthew, and Hamish.