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Opening SessionKen Jennings

Thursday, October 20, 2011
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Hall 4

Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings speaks about The Rewards of Curiosity

Ken recounts a lifelong love affair with learning that started decades before his record-breaking appearance on TV's Jeopardy! From his days as a four-year-old game show addict right up through the Google era he has always had an inquisitive nature.  Encouraged by his parents and teachers, he has spent his entire life gathering facts and acquiring knowledge.

He explains that the difference between know-it-alls and regular folks isn't a genius-level IQ or a photographic memory.  It's just an omnivorous curiosity about the world and everything in it.  A lifetime of curiosity may or may not win you millions on a game show, but Ken argues that it's bound to make you a better informed citizen, a more critical thinker, a sparkling conversationalist, and maybe even a happier, wiser person. "Trivia," in other words, isn't trivial at all.