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Last modified: Thursday, November 11, 2004

Lecture Notes -- November 12-30

EDITORS: Lecture Notes is distributed twice monthy as a summary of various upcoming lectures on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

"Making 'Mixed-Blood' Orphans in Postwar Japan"
Nov. 12 (Friday), noon, Ballantine Hall 004, IU Bloomington campus. The East Asian Studies Center will host a colloquium, "Making 'Mixed-Blood' Orphans in Postwar Japan," presented by Robert Fish, an assistant professor of history at Indiana State University. Fish, who specializes in the history of childhood and education in 20th-century Japan, will explore the relationships between the parents of mixed-blood orphans and explain the combination of societal pressures, government policies and personal factors that caused these parents to abandon their children. Fish is completing a book manuscript entitled, "A Case of Discrimination: The Elizabeth Saunders Home for Mixed-Blood Orphans in Postwar Japan." Contact the East Asian Studies Center at 812-855-3765, or visit the colloquium Web site at for more information.

"The People Speak: America's Role in the World"
Nov. 15 (Monday), 7:30-8:30 p.m., Center for University Ministry, 1514 E. Third St., Bloomington. As part of a nationwide event taking place in hundreds of communities, this "The People Speak" discussion will explore "Prosperity in a Global Economy." Panelists include Nick Cullather, professor of history at IUB; James Hart, professor emeritus of religious studies at IUB; Rabbi Sue Shifron, director of the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at IUB; Madhu Vedak, member of the Interfaith Forum in Columbus; and the Rev. Linda Johnson, campus minister of the Canterbury Fellowship. For more information, contact the Center for University Ministry, 812-855-3386 or

"The Origin of Brown"
Nov. 16 (Tuesday), 4 p.m., Moot Court, Law School 123, IU Bloomington campus. The IU Institute for Advanced Study presents a Branigin Lecture by Judge Robert L. Carter, "The Origin of Brown." Judge Carter will discuss how the case Brown v. Board of Education was conceived, developed and argued. Carter was hired as an assistant to NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall in 1952 and stayed on as lawyer for the NAACP for 24 years. During that time he argued 22 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, 21 of which he won. He successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and also the famous case NAACP v. Alabama in 1958. In 2004, he was awarded the Springarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor designed to highlight distinguished merit and achievement among African Americans. Carter will be a Distinguished Citizen Fellow and a Branigin Lecturer from Nov. 15 to 19. For more information, contact the Institute for Advanced Study, 812-855-3658, or Ivona Hedin,

"Polish-American Relations After NATO and EU Enlargement"
Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., IU Bloomington campus. The Polish Studies Center will present a lecture by Boguslaw Winid, deputy chief of mission at the Polish Embassy to the United States, "Polish-American Relations After NATO and EU Enlargement." Winid, a historian and political scientist, has written extensively on Polish-American relations and NATO. More recently, he has written about the World War II-era plunder of art, books and archival documents and on Poland's efforts since 1989 to recover them, and he will speak on this topic on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. in Ballantine Hall Room 004. Go to for more information.

"Creative to the End: Staging Aging"
Nov. 18 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m., TV and Radio Center, BLTV 251, IU Bloomington campus. In a Branigin Lecture sponsored by the IU Institute for Advanced Study, Linda and Michael Hutcheon will present "Creative to the End: Staging Aging." From fairy tales (and operas about them) to novels, from paintings to movies, Western art forms have represented growing up and growing older in realist, idealized and/or stereotyped ways. This illustrated lecture will look at the history of these cultural representations. It will also explore links between creativity and age by looking at the last works and late styles of operatic composers such as Verdi, Wagner, Britten and Strauss. Linda Hutcheon, professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto, is a renowned literary and cultural critic best known for her extensive writings on postmodern theory and feminism. Michael Hutcheon is professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. Together, they have co-written three books on opera (Opera: Desire, Disease, Death, 1999; Bodily Charm: Living Opera, 2000; Opera: The Art of Dying, 2004). By combining literary and scientific discussions, they engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of operatic languages and metaphors from historical and cultural points of view. They probe such subjects as disease, death and the art of dying, desire, and representations of the operatic body both on stage and among audiences. For further information, please contact the Institute for Advanced Study, 812-855-3658, or Ivona Hedin,

"Nuclear Proliferation in Asia: The Roots of the Problem and Possible Solutions"
Nov. 18, 1:30-5 p.m., Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., IU Bloomington campus. The East Asian Studies Center will host a symposium examining "Nuclear Proliferation in Asia: The Roots of the Problem and Possible Solutions." Questions for discussion will include: What conditions made acquiring nuclear weapons appealing to China, North Korea, India and Pakistan? How do they view the international nonproliferation regime? What effect has nuclearization had on relations in Asia? What is the role of the United States? Contact the East Asian Studies Center at 812-855-3765 or for more information.

"Iron Fist, Velvet Glove: The Right Way to Stop Proliferation"
Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Jordan Hall, Room A100, IU Bloomington campus. The IU India Studies Program will present a lecture by Peter Scoblic, executive editor of The New Republic. His talk will be entitled, "Iron Fist, Velvet Glove: The Right Way to Stop Proliferation." Scoblic joined The New Republic as managing editor in June 2003. Previously he was a fellow at the New America Foundation, and before that he served as the editor of Arms Control Today, a magazine covering efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He is an honors graduate of Brown University, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Brown Journal of World Affairs. Contact Tim Callahan at the India Studies Program at 812-855-5798 or for more information.