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Events Archive

This is a complete listing of CAS events from past semesters. The listing of events organized by Initiative can be found here.

MillerComm Lecture Series

Ervand Abrahamian
An acknowledged expert on Middle Eastern affairs discusses political developments in Iran and their implications for Iran-U.S. relations under current conditions.  The discussion also addresses  how U.S. foreign policy may affect political developments in Iran. Hosted by: Program in South Asian and…
Zackie Achmat
Zackie Achmat lives with HIV/AIDS. He is an activist with roots in the anti-Apartheid struggle and is at the forefront of campaigns for the rights to health care and medicine. Among his numerous awards, he has received The Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and was voted one of 35…
Gerald W. Adelmann
One of the great traumas of modern life is the loss of a sense of place. Gerald Adelmann draws on his internationally recognized work as a regional environmental and historic preservation planner in Illinois to articulate ways in which nature, art and history need to be woven back into the fabric…
Arnold Adoff
or Race, Class, Gender, Generation, Geography, and Love as the Ultimate Fallback Positions.  The Poet Celebrates Thirty (30!) Years of Publish Work by Indulging in an Orgy of Reading: With Obligitory Self-Critical-But-Amusing Comments, Explanations, and Elaborations A pioneer in children's…
Charles Alcock
More than 90 percent of the matter in the universe is invisible, hence the term dark matter. But the question of what exactly dark matter is remains outstanding in the field of astronomy. How do you search for objects that cannot be seen? We look for how the invisible object's gravity affects light…
Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali has been an outspoken critic of the American occupation of Iraq and the larger U.S. administration agenda for proliferating democracy in the Middle East through an Iraqi beachhead.  Here he reviews themes developed in Bush in Babylon to explain how current U.S. policy in the Middle East…
Svetlana Alpers
How have artists dealt with war? Has art served to encourage conflict? Should artists be blamed if they don't deal with war? Svetlana Alpers will examine striking instances when attention to the medium of art offered an alternative to strife. Painting can, literally, give us reason to pause. The…
Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when she was ten years old.  Her first novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, traces her family history,their flight from the dictator Trujillo and their often difficult, sometimes comic adjustments to life in…
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Professor An-Na'im argues that the state cannot be Islamic and that the Shari'a (usually translated as "Islamic Law") by its nature defies codification and implementation by the state. A Shari'a principle ceases to be Shari'a when it is enforced by the state. He also argues that he needs a secular…
Elizabeth S. Anderson
A discussion of the consequences of de facto racial segregation in U.S. society for democracy and equal opportunity, and of reasons for supporting integrative measures, such as affirmative action. Philosophy Annual Public Lecture This lecture is held in conjunction with the 24th Annual Graduate…
George E. Andrews
George Andrews will describe the brief life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the self-taught Indian mathematical genius whose legacy includes many formulas that were new and surprising and that took many years for others to prove. Andrews will use elementary arithmetic to illustrate Ramanujan's mathematical…
Gloria Anzaldua
Gloria Anzaldua explores the internal struggles and cracks among Latina/os, the fastest growing minority group in the United States. She explores some ideas for expanding awareness among this diverse population and suggests the need to work together to create a new "story" and a new "agenda" for a…
Madeleine Arnot
Striking new findings regarding educational achievement in England suggest one of the most extensive reversals in patterns of social inequality in contemporary times. Girls have not only caught up with boys in test scores, but in a number of subject areas have decisively pulled ahead. How do we…
Thelma Awori
Thelma Awori examines the bilateral and multilateral institutions that were created to make international allies and friends. She argues that they have failed. Aid to Africa and other places has been abused and subverted for purposes that turn the word "aid" on its head. Fifth Annual W.E.B. DuBois…
Ariella Azoulay
Archives are interwoven with the presence of those who occupy various positions of power, authorizing them to both preserve and expose materials, as well as with the presence of those who come to leaf through those materials. Yet, archives are also sites of “potential history,” unrealized…
Jeremy Bailenson
Virtual reality qualitatively changes the nature of communication. Unlike other media, avatars can alter their physical appearance and behavior in the eyes of conversational partners for strategic purposes. These transformations have a drastic impact on social, persuasive and instructional…
Lynne Rudder Baker
Philosophical investigations into the nature of persons have tended to focus on features of our mental lives that set us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.  Yet the modern synthesis in biology has made it clear that we are biological beings, continuous with the rest of the animal kingdom. …
Pater Balakian
The past year has marked the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. In this presentation, the award-winning writer Peter Balakian will ask how literature can witness and commemorate historical trauma. He will begin by discussing the impact of the Armenian genocide on several major Armenian poets of…
Mary Jo Bane
Mary Jo Bane made headlines last fall when she resigned from her high-ranking position at HHS in protest after President Clinton signed the welfare reform bill. Drawing from her extensive experiences as an administrator of social service programs for children and families at both the state and…
Stephen Banfield
As sung by Judy Garland in the MGM film Meet Me in St Louis (1944), “The Trolley Song” is one of the world’s best-loved production numbers, yet close reading and documentary study are still surprisingly rare where numbers in Hollywood musicals are concerned, and this one is no exception to that…
John Perry Barlow
Cyberspace is a place made entirely of mind, so it is likely that, as with everything else the mind touches, it will develop its own aesthetics. Are they already there? John Perry Barlow, described by the Utne Reader as one of the "100 visionaries who could change your life," is co-founder of the…
Paul Barolksy
Deftly interweaving poetry, theology, philosophy, and art, Paul Barolsky explores issues of poetic imagination, artistic inventiveness, and powers of pictorial expression. Using Michelangelo's Creation scenes in the Sistine Chapel, Barolsky's subtle analysis of such visionary art deepens our…
Spencer C.H. Barrett
Global Global change involves diverse environmental influences many of which are likely to act as important selective pressures on plant populations. Predicting the particular microevolutionary responses of plant populations to these changes is a difficult task without knowledge of the amounts and…
Omer Bartov
Using still images, Omer Bartov focuses on varying ways Jews have been represented in anti-Semitic films, as victims in Holocaust films, as heroes, especially in Hollywood films on the establishment of Israel, and as anti-heroes, mainly in Israeli films that make the "Jew" Nazi-like and the Arabs…
Amrita Basu
Amrita Basu, a leading expert on women?s issues, examines how "globalization" has influenced feminist and other women?s movements, what new opportunities have emerged and what new tensions have surfaced. First tracing the relationship between Robin Morgan's "Sisterhood is Global" of the 1960s and '…