Dr. Jonathan Schwabish—an economist, writer and professor—will speak with and give advice to Centre College students over Sept. 22 and 23 as the fall Humana Visiting Scholar.
Schwabish, founder of the presentation skills firm PolicyViz, is an expert in data visualization and its impact on society. He is considered the preeminent voice advocating for more accessible and clear presentations of findings in the field of research and was named a “visualization thought leader” by AllAnalytics in 2013. Schwabish is author of a forthcoming book, “Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers and Wonks.”
While visiting Centre, Schwabish will give a talk on presentation skills on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in Young 201. His lecture and the following interactive workshop is part of the Emerging Professionals Series sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development. Students will receive expert advice from Schwabish about how to create an engaging presentation for both educational and professional settings.
Also on Sept. 22, Schwabish will deliver a lecture on “Data Visualization: Concepts, Trends and Challenges” at 7:30 p.m. in Young 113, for which Centre students can receive a convocation credit.
Alongside his work at PolicyViz, Schwabish is also a senior research associate at The Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C., area nonprofit. At the Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center, Schwabish studies data measurement, public policy and presentation design. He also teaches courses in data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. In addition, Schwabish hosts the PolicyViz Podcast.
The Humana Visiting Scholar program was made possible by a gift to Centre from the Humana Foundation, a philanthropic branch of Humana Inc., the Louisville-based healthcare corporation. Humana Visiting Scholars come to Centre during both the fall and spring academic semesters. Past Humana Visiting Scholars have included cartoonist Joel Pett, author Ayana Mathis and sitar musician Kartik Seshadri.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
September 20, 2016