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Death: Confronting the Great Divide

Speaker Series
Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere

Drawing on both historical and contemporary examples, invited speakers in this eight-part series will draw our attention to the inevitability of the end facing all living creatures, the various ways in which humans have learned to live with knowledge of their mortality, and how bereavement rituals impact our environment and community. With input from scholars in a range of disciplines, including scholars of history, religion, environmental studies, Latin American studies, history of medicine,and art history, the series reveals how learning in the humanities can help us better understand one of the most integral parts of life: the end of life.

This event is free and open to the public and includes time afterward for questions and discussion.

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September 2016

Lecture: Multiple Trajectories: How Racial Identities and Racial Ascription Shape Latino Racial Dating Choices
Dr. Cynthia Feliciano (University of California, Irvine)
Fri. Sept. 30 2:00 pm, Criser Hall's 201A LO. Vernon Voyles (LVV) Room

Dr. Feliciano is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research investigates the development and consequences of group boundaries and inequalities based on race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This work primarily, but not exclusively, focuses on how descendants of Latin American and Asian immigrants are incorporated in the United States.

October 2016

Lecture: Race, Science, and Society in the 21st Century
Dr. Ageliki Lefkaditou (University of Oslo and Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology)
Mon Oct 3 6:00 pm, Pugh Hall's Ocora Room

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Lecture: The Physics of Star Trek: Predicting the Unpredictable
Dirk K. Morr (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Mon Oct 3 7:30 pm, Physics Building (NPB) 2205

Star Trek is a story of exploration that has fascinated us for the last 50 years. A crucial part of this story are the unbelievable scientific and technological advances — warp drive, wormholes beaming technology, holodecks — that make the exploration of the universe possible. But are these advances really beyond our reach, or have we already surpassed some of them? Are they scientifically possible, simply waiting around the next corner to be discovered? If you want to hear the answers to these questions, join me for a discussion of the (crazy?) scientific ideas behind Star Trek technologies, and the physical laws that we have to bend to make them work.

Lecture: Mobile Memorials: Carrying the Dead in the Twenty-First Century
Candi Cann (Baylor University)
Thursday, 20 October, 5:30 pm, Smathers Library 100

In a period when American cemeteries get ever fewer visitors, it is clear that in many communities, grave stones and mausolea are no longer effective ways to commemorate the dead. This talk traces the development of mobile memorials, from tattoos to car decal memorials, as contemporary ways of (literally) carrying the dead around with us, and making the status of the bereaved clearly evident to those around them through a visual marker. In the contemporary world, where one is not given much time off to actually mourn and process a death, or to withdraw from the world to grieve, the practice of displaying one's status as mourner becomes even more valuable. Mobile memorials operate as one way of both affirming one's status as one in mourning and reconnecting the dead with the living.

This event is the third in an eight-part speaker series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide. This series invites nationally renowned scholars and filmmakers to explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death.

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Festival: Molecular Mania
Sat. Oct. 29 at the Oaks Mall (Belk's Court), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Molecular Mania is the Chemistry Department's annual family-friendly outreach event in which they use Halloween-themed interactive demonstrations to convey chemistry concepts to local youth.

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