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Lecture Notes

Dec. 4-31, 2006

"Deportation Transit and Captive Bodies: Re-thinking Holocaust Witnessing"
Dec. 5, 4:15 p.m., Woodburn Hall 121, Bloomington -- Horizons of Knowledge lecture by Dr. Simone Gigliotti of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. For more information, contact

"In the heat of the moment: mood, desire and sexual risk taking"
Dec. 6, 12-1:15 p.m., Morrison Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room, Bloomington -- Erick Janssen, associate scientist, The Kinsey Institute and adjunct associate professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences & Program in Cognitive Science, presents as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series. For more information, call 812-855-7686.

"Child's Play: Beauty for Roman Girls"
Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Fine Arts 015, Bloomington -- Eve D'Ambra, professor and chair of the Department of Art at Vassar College, is the author of Art and Identity in the Roman World and Roman Women (the latter forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Her lecture focuses on portraits of Roman girls in order to assess ideals of beauty or standards of personal appearance in the late first through second centuries. The marble heads and busts, although often highly conventionalized as standard portrait types, convey attitudes toward the acquisition of femininity and techniques of self-fashioning. Other artifacts of material culture, such as girls' dolls, also allow us to see how ideals of beauty were transformed by practice.

"Barriers to Recruitment of African Americans into Research Studies"
Dec. 7, 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Bridgewater Lounge of the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington -- Kathleen M. Russell, associate professor in the IU School of Nursing, will talk as part of the Center for Minority Health's roundtable series, "Eliminating Health Disparities: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Solving a Complex Problem." Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and participate in the discussion. For more information, contact Stuart Grande,, or Mary Shaw-Perry,

"Dancing off the Wall: Dan Masks in Performance"
Dec. 7, 12:15-1 p.m., IU Art Museum, third floor, Bloomington -- Join Daniel Reed, who has worked extensively with Dan musicians and masqueraders in Côte d'Ivoire, for new insights and a deeper appreciation of the museum's Dan masks. Reed is director of IU's Archives of Traditional Music and assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. For more information, visit

"'We insist! Freedom now': Max Roach's transatlantic civil rights imperative"
Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m., Simon Music Center, Room 267, Bloomington -- Max Roach has been one of the most politically active jazz musicians since the mid-1950s. He recorded several overtly political albums over the course of his career, but his most famous is We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite from 1960, in which Roach musically illustrates his views on the American and African civil rights movements. The paper his lecture is based upon explores how the Freedom Now Suite emphasizes the similarities between the two geographically distant struggles for freedom not only through topical juxtaposition but also by placing elements of traditional African American and African music in a modern jazz context, thus highlighting the musical connections between African American music and its African precursors.

"Hilbert, causality and the foundations of physics"
Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m., Ballantine Hall 003, Bloomington -- The end of 1915 saw David Hilbert and Albert Einstein involved in a frenetic period of activity out of which emerged Einstein's General Theory of Relativity (GTR). A key moment was Einstein's return to searching for field equations that have a particular property, called generally covariance. Einstein had earlier rejected the possibility of field equations with this property, and had formulated his so-called "hole argument" to show that generally covariant field equations lead to a conflict with causality. Until recently, Hilbert's contributions to the "1915 race" have been judged on the assumption that he and Einstein shared the same goal of finding generally covariant field equations for gravitation, and that the tension Hilbert perceived between general covariance and causality was the same as that which held up Einstein for several years. In this paper, the authors argue that the tension articulated by Hilbert is significantly different from the problem addressed by Einstein, and that Hilbert's resolution of his 'problem of causality' is a philosophically rich response to a deep problem in generally covariant physics, in which Hilbert offers a significant modification to the Kantian epistemological framework in which he was working. This paper is intended for a general philosophy of science audience: the emphasis is on the philosophical story, and the paper does not presuppose knowledge of the relevant physics.