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Lecture Notes

Oct. 9-23, 2006

Dr. Erich Jarvis of Duke University to give the seventh annual James P. Holland Memorial Lecture
Oct. 9, 4 p.m., the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium, Bloomington -- Erich D. Jarvis is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University. Using songbirds as the main animal model, Jarvis studies the neurobiology of vocal communication. To examine how the brain generates, perceives and learns behavior, he looks at vocal communication using an integrative approach that combines behavioral, anatomical, electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques. The overall goal of this research is to discover more about the neural mechanisms for vocal learning and basic mechanisms of brain function. This research could lead to treatments for stuttering, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's. A reception will follow in the University Club.

Michele Norris from NPR to give talk
Oct. 9, 7 p.m., the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium, Bloomington -- Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's program All Things Considered, will speak at IU as part of a lecture series sponsored by the IU School of Journalism. The lecture is free and open to the public. Norris, an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience, has co-hosted All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program, since 2002. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News from 1993 to 2002. As a contributing correspondent for Closer Look segments on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, she reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem and poverty. She also has reported for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. She received a Livingston Award in 1990 and both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For more information, e-mail

"Nuestras Voces: A conversation about being Latina/o and Queer"
Oct. 10, 7 p.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.), Bloomington -- This presentation will be given by Jeannette Johnson-Licon who was born on the U.S./Mexico Border. Currently, she coordinates LGBT Services in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at DePauw University. This event is sponsored by Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Support Services, La Casa/Latino Cultural Center and Latino Studies. For more information, contact La Casa at 812-855-0174 or

Martha Graham Dance Company
Oct. 10, 8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- The IU Auditorium welcomes the most celebrated dance ensemble in America. With poise and grace, the Martha Graham Dance Company brings emotion to life with dance. See for yourself why The Washington Post referred to the company as "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe." The company was founded in 1926 by Martha Graham, who choreographed 181 works in her lifetime, all involving beautiful movement and evocative emotional pull. Since its inception, the company has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, performing in venues from the Metropolitan Opera, to the base of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. For more information, visit

Dangers of Posting Private Info to Facebook
Oct. 11, 7 p.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.), Bloomington -- Employers are increasingly using sites such as Facebook for background checking of potential employees. Information you post may also cause a safety risk. Join us for discussion facilitated by Daniel Soto (Amnesty International and Leo R. Dowling International Center) on some of the issues and/or dangers when posting private information on Facebook. For more information, please contact La Casa at 812-855-0174 or

Luís de Camões and the First Edition of The Lusiads, 1572: A Workshop
Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 215 at Indiana University, Bloomington -- This lecture by K. David Jackson of Yale University, a 2006 Scholar-in-Residence with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is also sponsored by West European Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, East Asian Studies Center, Comparative Literature and Horizons of Knowledge. The workshop will include work with a CD-ROM.

"Chlamydial STIs: Trends in Infection and Progress in Vaccine Development"
Oct. 11, noon-1:15 p.m., The Kinsey Institute Conference Room, 2nd floor, Morrison Hall, Bloomington -- David Nelson, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, will present historical aspects of chlamydial disease and research, including a rational explanation for the recent dramatic increases in reported incidence of chlamydial STI. Emerging chlamydial infections, consequences of these changes and challenges to anti-chlamydial vaccine design also will be addressed. The presentation is part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. For more information, contact 812-855-7686.

Superstorms and supercomputing: Hurricane predication software
Oct. 12, 7-8:30 pm., Borders, Bloomington -- Beth Plale and Dennis Gannon from the IU Department of Computer Science will speak about hurricane predication software at the Science Café. Plale's research interests include large-scale data management and databases, data streams, distributed systems, grid and service-oriented architectures, and high performance computing. Member IEEE, ACM, Open Grid Forum Steering Committee, Gannon's research interests include programming systems and tools, distributed computing, computer networks, parallel programming, computational science, problem solving environments, and performance analysis of Grid and MPP systems.

"Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist" with Maria Elena Hernandez
Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union's Alumni Hall, Bloomington -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board presents Maria Elena Fernandez in the Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist. The performance is free to all. Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist is an autobiographical coming-of-age theatrical solo show, written and performed by María Elena Fernández. From Catholic school girl to cha cha feminist, Fernández chronicles her hilarious and poignant rebellion against her traditional Mexican upbringing, armed with feminist fervor and the hyper-feminine aesthetic of the cha cha's she grew up with: those L.A. disco girls known for their big hair, red lips and spiked heels. Cha Cha Feminist is the joyfully triumphant story of forging your own path along the treacherous and exhilarating road to adulthood. This universal coming of age story connects with all audiences. Women from ages as young as 13, are moved to see their own struggles of coming into womanhood. Latinas and Latinos revel in a story that reflects their own cultural experience, so rare in the popular media. Cha Cha Feminist has also garnered favorable reviews from critics. The Los Angeles Times called it "a rib-tickling, refreshingly direct confessional," noting its "wry insight." For more information about Union Board, call 812-855-4682 or email

Portuguese in Japan, from João Rodrigues, Tçuzzu to Wenceslau de Moraes
Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 215 at Indiana University, Bloomington -- This lecture by K. David Jackson of Yale University, a 2006 Scholar-in-Residence with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is also sponsored by West European Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, East Asian Studies Center, Comparative Literature and Horizons of Knowledge.

IU partners with Bloomington community to celebrate the value of local archives and collections
Oct. 12, 4 p.m., the IMU, Bloomington -- Special guest Wes Cowan, from the popular PBS television series History Detectives and Antiques Roadshow, will discuss his contributions to those programs and how primary research materials help him separate facts from myth. Visit for more information.

Professor Marjorie Agosin to give lecture
Oct. 13, 4 p.m., Faculty Club (Indiana Memorial Union), Bloomington -- Professor Marjorie Agosin from Wellesley College will give a lecture entitled, "Writing Towards Hope." As an Indiana University alumna, Agosin was nominated as the Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumni (MESDA) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for her professional achievements. Her topic addresses issues of poetry in various regions of the Spanish-speaking world, but in particular she will highlight different literary aspects of Chilean poetry. The talk will be given in English and will be open to the public. For more information, call 812-855-9097.

Alfred Kinsey and His Continuing Impact on the Human Rights of Sexual Minorities
Oct. 14, 2 p.m., the IMU Georgian Room, Bloomington -- In the middle of the 20th century, changes began to occur in the way the law treated sexual minorities in many countries. One of the most important stimuli was the work of Alfred Kinsey at Indiana University. His path-breaking empirical investigation into the varieties of human sexuality made it impossible and unjust to demand only heterosexual expression. This gradual realization has revolutionized criminal law, family law and other laws in many countries, including the United States and Australia. In this lecture, Justice Michael Kirby will review some of the relevant changes that have occurred in international and domestic law. His lecture will include a reflection on Kinsey and his impact in Australia in the 1950s. For more information, please check the Institute Web site: or call the Institute at 812-855-1513.

Latino immigration and civil rights panel discussion
Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., the Indiana Memorial Union State Room East, Bloomington -- The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies and La Casa will host a panel forum to discuss current immigration issues. The panel will include individuals from the Indiana Statewide Latino/Hispanic Association, the Governor's Adviser for Hispanic/Latino Affairs, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and Immigration Law. For more information, e-mail

"Fitting Memorials: American Jews Confront the Catastrophe, 1945-1967"
Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., the IMU Oak Room, Bloomington -- Professor Hasia Diner, Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, is a specialist in immigration and ethnic history, American Jewish history and the history of American women. This lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. For more information, please contact the Indiana University Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at 812-855-0453 or

IU partners with Bloomington community to celebrate the value of local archives and collections
Oct. 18, IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall, Bloomington -- Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department will join a panel that will explore why genealogy is important for research. For more information visit:

"Popular Theater in El Bajo Region of El Salvador"
Oct. 19, noon to 1 p.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.), Bloomington -- Juan Gabriel Berumen, a Ph.D. student in the IU School of Education, will give a talk about "Popular Theater in El Bajo Region of El Salvador." This lecture is part of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies and La Casa Brown Bag Series. For more information, visit

"Identity, gender, and liberation in early Chicana Poetry"
Oct. 25, 7 p.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.), Bloomington -- This short presentation by Sonia Gonzalez of Purdue University explores issues of sexuality, feminism and identity formation in the work of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Bernice Zamora, Dorinda Moreno and Angela de Hoyos, who represent the first generation of Chicana writers. Through their poems, they denounced the sexism and oppression they encountered in private (home) and public (society at large) spheres. Together, they raised their voices to urge other mujeres to fight for their liberation and equal rights. For more information, contact La Casa at 812-855-0174 or

Stewart Lecture: Emeritus Professor William Gould
Oct. 31, 12 p.m., Law School Moot Court Room, Bloomington -- Emeritus Professor William B. Gould IV, a prolific scholar of labor and discrimination law at Stanford University, will present the first-ever Stewart Lecture. His lecture, which will be published in the Indiana Law Journal, is titled "Independent Adjudication, Political Process and the State of Labor-Management Relations: The Role of the National Labor Relations Board."

Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture: "Parallel History and Diplomacy: Turkey's Position Toward the Kurdish Question: 1925 and 2003"
Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., the IMU Dogwood Room, Bloomington -- Robert Olson, professor of Middle Eastern history and politics at the University of Kentucky, will present the annual Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture. The lecture is a tribute to Jwaideh, a native of Iraq, who founded the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at IU in the 1960s. Olson, who received his Ph.D. from IU in 1973, is the first former student of Jwaideh to present the lecture. In his lecture, Olson will discuss the impact of the war in Iraq on the growth and consolidation of Kurdish nationalism in Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.

"Brokering Ethnicity: Epistemological Warfare in Dominican Culture"
Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m., Ballantine 003, Bloomington -- Professor Nestor E. Rodriguez of the University of Toronto will deliver the Horizons of Knowledge lecture sponsored by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, American Studies, Communication and Culture, Germanic Studies and Horizons of Knowledge.