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Lecture Notes

Nov. 6-29, 2006

Nov. 6, 2006

"Women's Struggle for Equality in Burma"
Nov. 7, noon to 1 p.m., IU School of Law, room 122, Bloomington -- This lecture will feature a discussion of gender issues in Burma under military rule presented by Ying Lao and Thin Thin Aung, members of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee and of the Women's League of Burma.

Human Origin Studies
Nov. 8, noon, Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium, Bloomington -- The Stone Age Institute will sponsor its Distinguished Lecture in Human Origin Studies, presented by paleoanthropologist David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Lordkipanidze will be speaking about the Dmanisi site, located between the Black and the Caspian seas in eastern Georgia, which has revolutionized ideas about the spread of hominids out of Africa. As the paleoanthropologist directing the Dmanisi excavations, he and his team are providing new fossil discoveries showing surprisingly early occupation of Eurasia by 1.8 million years ago. Several complete skulls have already been excavated, showing their primitive nature (brains about half the size of modern humans) and a remarkable range of variation among individuals. This site also has produced thousands of fossil animal bones of extinct species and primitive stone tools. For more information visit:

"When Justice Becomes a Crime: Practicing Law Under a Military Regime"
Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m., IU School of Law, room 122, Bloomington -- Khun Sa, a member of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating and chair of the Kachin State Constitution Committee, presents on the practice of law under military rule.

"How Does the Drafting of a Constitution Make a Difference? A Comparison the Constitutional Processes in Burma"
Nov. 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., IU School of Law, Moot Court Room, room 123, Bloomington -- A panel discussion on the topic including Lian Sakhong, co-chairman of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee and chairman of the Ethnic Nationalities Council; U Thein Oo, co-chairman of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee and elected Member of Parliament from Mandalay; Khun Okker, a member of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee and of the Shan State Constitution Drafting Committee; David C. Williams, director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies and professor of law at the IU School of Law-Bloomington.

Dogs That Bark and Dogs That Whimper: The Global Justice Movement in Europe and the U.S. since Seattle
Nov. 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, Dogwood Room, Bloomington -- Sidney Tarrow, Maxwell M. Upson professor of government and professor of sociology at Cornell University, is one of the leading scholars on social movements and transnational contentious politics. His recent books include Power in Movement (Cambridge, 1994, 1998), Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly, Cambridge, 2001), Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig, Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), Transnational Protest and Global Activism (with Donatella della Porta, Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and The New Transnational Activism (Cambridge, 2005).

A Conversation with Dick Enberg
Nov. 9, 7 p.m., IU School of Journalism Auditorium, Bloomington -- Faculty panelists will lead a conversational Q&A with the broadcasting legend and IU alumnus Dick Enberg, who will also take questions from the audience. The event is free, open to the public and will include refreshments. For more information, contact 812-855-3686 or

Between Art and Craft
Nov. 12, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., IU Art Museum Special Exhibitions Gallery, Bloomington -- William Itter and Budd Stalnaker were faculty colleagues in the Hope School of Fine Arts for more than 30 years and also shared a passion for collecting African art. Join Bill at the "Hats Off to Budd!" exhibition as he discusses Budd as artist and collector. A reception in the Solley Atrium will follow.

CEEP Policy Chat Series to Discuss High School Dropout Rates in Indiana
Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, Dogwood Room, Bloomington -- In April 2006, Time Magazine helped heighten awareness of the high school dropout crisis that persists in America in an article titled "Dropout Nation." The article examined the significance of the dropout crisis by spotlighting students from Shelbyville High School in Indiana. The crisis has been one that educators have been researching for decades, but only recently with the heightened media attention has public debate been renewed. According to the article, approximately 30 percent of public high school students will not graduate and the figure spikes for poor and minority students. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy will host a discussion on high school dropout rates prevalent in Indiana and the nation as a part of the CEEP Policy Chat Series. Principal Tom Zobel of Shelbyville High School, who was cited in the Time article, will be on hand to speak about his experiences with the high school dropout crisis. Shawn Sturgill, a student of Shelbyville High School, profiled in the Time Magazine article, will accompany Zobel. Indiana State Rep. Luke Messer, who represents the Shelbyville area and is the author of comprehensive dropout prevention legislation, will also participate as a panelist. Superintendent Tom Edington of the Richard-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation will add a more localized perspective on the issue. Commissioner Stan Jones of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has also been invited as a participant. The panelists will discuss both the social costs of the dropout crisis and the benefits of students graduating with a diploma. Other questions of concern will be addressed, such as:

  • What motivates students to dropout of high school today?
  • What are the consequences of dropping out of high school for the individual and the social costs for taxpayers?
  • What are the public cost benefits if students graduate?
  • How do we combat the problem locally?
  • What is being done at the state level to establish proactive programs and punitive consequences to motivate students to stay in school?

Dr. Russ Skiba, director of the Equity Project at CEEP, will act as moderator. All students, faculty, staff, media personnel and community members are welcome to attend.

Lunch with a Curator
Nov. 15, noon to 1 p.m., IU Art Museum Conference Room, Bloomington -- Have you ever wondered who owned a painting before it entered a museum collection? Or how knowing this can shed new light on art history, as well as on the history of war, law and politics? Provenance -- the history of the ownership of artworks -- has become a hot topic, as information about Nazi-era art looting has become more available to researchers in recent years. Join "Western Art after 1800" Curator Jenny McComas to learn about the Provenance Research Project at the IU Art Museum.

"The Genesis of Genesis: The Biblical Big Bang"
Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Myers Hall 130, Bloomington -- Dr. Shalom Paul, former chair of the Bible department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, author of scores of books and articles and a member of numerous editorial and scholarly advisory boards, is a world-renowned scholar of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. His lecture, intended for a general audience, will apply his expertise to illumine the origins of the book of Genesis. 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, call 812-855-0453 or visit

The Politicalization of the CIA
Nov. 16, 4 p.m., SPEA Atrium (1315 E. 10th St.), Bloomington -- Tyler Drumheller, former chief of the CIA European Division, will speak at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Drumheller is the author of a book released last month, On the Brink: An Insider's Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence. His lecture, "The Politicalization of the CIA," is free and open to the public.

IU/Kelley Healthcare and Life Sciences Initiative, Conference 2
Nov. 17, noon, IUPUI Conference Center, Indianapolis -- The Indiana LifeSC Collaboration Series provides a forum for the multifaceted players in healthcare and the life sciences to think strategically about key business issues. Executives, scientists, medical practitioners and scholars, policymakers and faculty from a wide spectrum of specialties have much to contribute. Conferences are organized so as to maximize learning and networking in the short span of half of a day. While the conferences are free, space is limited. Therefore, registration is required. It is recommended you register early to reserve your seat. For more information:

The many wonders of neuregulin-ErbB signaling in the nervous system
Nov. 29, noon, Indiana Memorial Union, State Room East, Bloomington -- Cary Lai of the Scripps Research Institute will speak about neuregulins (NRG1-4), a family of polypeptide growth factors that bind to and activate members of the transmembrane protein-tyrosine kinases known as the "ErbBs" (ErbB1-4). The interest in neuregulin biology has increased as a result of the identification of the NRG1 gene as a susceptibility factor for the neuropsychiatric disorder schizophrenia.