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UPDATE: Important information to know for ChatGPT Co-creator Greg Brockman’s visit to UND on Tuesday Sept. 26

Important Editor’s Notes: All media are invited to attend and cover in-person, however use of still and video cameras, including cellphone cameras, are not allowed during the conversation with Greg Brockman

UND staff photographers and videographers will provide still photos and b-roll of Mr. Brockman’s visit for all media following the event

There are no media restrictions in place for the UND expert panel discussion on AI in higher education, starting at 2 p.m.

Please see additional security protocols listed below


Greg Brockman

What: Conversation with Greg Brockman, co-creator of ChatGPT, an Upson Lecture Series event; followed by a UND panel discussion on the “Promise & Peril of AI in Higher Education.”

Who: OpenAI President and Co-founder Greg Brockman and UND President Andy Armacost.

When: 1-1:45 p.m. (Brockman conversation), 2-2:30 p.m. (expert panel discussion), Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Where: Large Ballroom on the second floor of the UND Memorial Union and streamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Streaming details are below.


UND President Andy Armacost will play host to Greg Brockman, president and co-founder of OpenAI and co-creator of ChatGPT, from 1-1:45 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the large ballroom of the UND Memorial Union, for a special conversation on the future of artificial intelligence in society, as well as Brockman’s ties to the area and the trajectory of his life and career. ChatGPT is the world’s fastest-growing consumer apps, having secured 1 million users in just five days since its launch.

President Armacost currently heads up the North Dakota University System’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force, formed to create strategies to navigate through potential impacts of AI in higher education. The task force comprises the leaders of the system’s 11 institutions.

New security protocols:

Due to newly requested security requirements for the conversation with Greg Brockman portion of the day’s events:

  • The use of outside still or video recording devises, including cellphones, is not allowed during this event.
  • No backpacks, purses or bags of any kind will be allowed in the Memorial Union large ballroom for this event. Bags can be checked at an area near the ballroom.
  • Walk-through metal detectors will be used at entrances for this event.
  • Doors will open at noon and will be closed for access at 12:55 p.m., for the 45-minute duration of this event. No re-entry will be allowed.
  • No food will be allowed in the ballroom.
  • Additional seating to view the live stream will be provided at the Memorial Union’s Social Staircase, located on the first floor.

More about the events:

1-1:45 p.m. | Conversation with ChatGPT Co-Creator Greg Brockman

1:45-2 p.m. | Break

2-2:45 p.m. | “Promise & Peril of AI in Higher Education”  A UND expert panel discussion

President Armacost’s conversation with Brockman will be followed by a UND expert panel discussion on the “Promise & Peril of AI in Higher Education.” The panel will be hosted by Ryan Zerr, a longtime UND professor of mathematics who now serves as the University’s Associate Vice President for Strategy & Implementation. Zerr also taught Brockman in UND classes when the future tech innovator was still attending Red River High School.

Zerr will be joined for the panel discussion, from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., by fellow UND faculty members: Ryan Adams (Computer Science & Electrical Engineering), Carolyn Williams (Law), Emily Cherry Oliver (Theatre Arts), Anna Kinney (coordinator of the University Writing Program), Patrick Schultz (Entrepreneurship & Management) and Bryce Christopherson (Mathematics).

Both the conversation and the panel discussion will be held in person in the large ballroom on the second floor of the UND Memorial Union, 2901 University Avenue, in Grand Forks. Or you can attend virtually via YouTube or Facebook Live. The events also will be livestreamed on the large screen monitor above the Social Staircase in the heart of the Memorial Union.

The events, which are funded by the University’s Upson Family fund, are free and open to the public.

More about Greg Brockman:

Brockman, who was raised in Thompson, N.D., and is a graduate of Red River High School in Grand Forks, is the co-founder and president of OpenAI, a research and deployment company whose mission is to ensure general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits for all of humanity. Before OpenAI, he was the founding engineer and CTO of Stripe, which he helped build from four to 250 employees.

Streaming Information:

Conversation with OpenAI President and Co-founder Greg Brockman: YouTube or Facebook Live

UND panel discussion on ‘Promise & Peril of AI in Higher Education’: YouTube or Facebook Live


Parking is free for the public on the fourth and fifth floors of the UND Parking Ramp, just east of the Memorial Union, connected via climate-controlled tunnel. There also is pay-as-you-go parking available throughout campus.