2020 Monthly Speakers Program
February 2020 Meeting
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Meeting at 11:30am
at Carmel Public Library
55 4th Ave SE, Carmel, IN 46032
Stories of an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator
By Retired FBI Agent Steve McVey
We will welcome long-time FBI profiler and hostage negotiator Steve McVey as our speaker when we meet Saturday, February 22 at the Carmel Public Library. Steve will talk about techniques he applied when profiling serial rapists and dangerous killers. Steve was the only FBI profiler serving Indiana 1982-1988.
Steve McVey was just 17 when he went to work for the FBI in May of 1956 as a supply and mail clerk. After graduating from the University of Indianapolis in 1962 with a B.A. in history, he was accepted into the FBI’s Agents School. Eleven days before his 24th birthday, he became an FBI Special Agent.
After he mastered the Russian language, he was assigned to work Russian counterespionage in New York City. Five years later, he switched to the bank robbery squad and became an instructor. In 1972, he returned to Indiana and became part of the federal criminal and vice squad. He became a hostage negotiator and authority on abnormal psychology and sex crimes, which led him to become a psychological profiler of serial killers and rapists. He retired from the FBI in 1988. Later that year, he joined Purdue’s School of Technology and taught organizational leadership until he retired in 2001.
He co-authored “Managing Violence in the Workplace” in 1996 and “Kids Killing Kids: Managing Gang Violence in Schools” in 1999. More recently, he wrote “The Science and Religion of What We Call God.”
January 2020 Meeting at Indy Reads Books
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Meeting at 11:30am
at Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Author of the new
“Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are”
Ever wonder what drives people to criminal behavior? The answers may surprise you. In this eye-opening session, author Bill Sullivan will discuss the hidden forces that influence our behavior, including our dark side.
Almost everything we think we know about ourselves is wrong.
Philosophers and theologians have grappled with the mystery of human behavior for centuries—but now, science is revealing startling new insights into what makes us tick. This provocative narrative from Indiana University School of Medicine professor Bill Sullivan explores our behavior through the lens of genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology. From why we need that morning cup of coffee to our inclination for skydiving, this eye-opening book uses the latest scientific research to explain the hidden forces that drive our individual natures.
A fascinating tour of the factors that shape our actions, moods, tastes, political beliefs, and more, Pleased to Meet Me unveils a surprising truth: that many of our most self-defining traits emerge from things we can’t control, including our genes, our early environment, our evolutionary past, and the microbes that dwell inside us. In these pages, you’ll learn the real reasons we struggle with infidelity, weight loss, drugs, and depression; discover the biological differences that may separate liberals and conservatives; discern the forces that shape human attraction; and comprehend your own impulse to extend a helping hand or throw a punch. These trailblazing insights are sprinkled with pop-culture references that elucidate the scientific imperatives behind them.
Filled with revolutionary observations, Pleased to Meet Me takes us on a riveting journey that reveals who we are—and how we can become our best selves.
Bill Sullivan, author of “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are” (National Geographic Books) is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious disease. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Fox, The Doctors, New York Post, National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, COSMOS, Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, Doctor Radio, and more. Follow him on Twitter at @wjsullivan and learn more at www.AuthorBillSullivan.com.