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Lecture Notes

Oct. 22 - Nov. 4, 2007

Sexual Health Summit
Oct. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., IMU Conference Center, Bloomington -- The Indiana Sexual Health Summit 2007 marks an unprecedented gathering of sexual health leaders from across the state, including IU researchers, local and state health department staff, community-based and philanthropic organizations and leaders of various faith communities. The goal of the summit is to encourage these various interests to share their perspectives, debate their concerns and develop strategies and ideas for how the groups can work together in a more participatory way to effectively address the state's sexual health needs. For more information, visit

An Invitation to Korean Poems: Acceptable or Agreeable?
Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m., Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th St., Bloomington -- Participants will be given a good opportunity to understand, appreciate and discuss the forms and contents of two selected Korean poems in relation to Koreans' lines of thought and socio-cultural backgrounds. For more information, contact

Cognitive Science Colloquium
Oct. 22, 4 p.m., Psychological and Brian Sciences Building 101, Bloomington -- Sue Becker, McMaster University, will present "Hippocampal encoding of space and time." The involvement of the hippocampus in space is widely acknowledged but remains poorly understood. Becker will present a computational theory of the neural mechanisms and consider how the hippocampus encodes spatio-temporal information. For more information, visit

"The Last Frontier?: Settlement, Ecology and Tourism in the Israeli Desert"
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., the IMU Oak Room, Bloomington -- Yael Zerubavel, professor of Jewish Studies and History and the founding director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and former founding chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, will present "The Last Frontier?: Settlement, Ecology and Tourism in the Israeli Desert." For more information, visit

Animal Behavior Colloquium
Oct. 23, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Jordan Hall 238, Bloomington -- Mayie Ruiz, IU Bloomington Department of Biology, will present "Courtship in sagebrush lizards, Sceloporus graciosus: A research proposal." For more information, visit

Neal Puckett
Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Moot Court Room, IU School of Law, Bloomington -- Neal Puckett, JD'84, will give a public talk about ethics in high-profile cases. The former military judge and current defense attorney specializing in military cases has received public attention for his work in defense of Brigadier General Janis Karpinski in the Abu Ghraib case as well as the marines accused in Iraq's Haditha killings. For more information, visit

"Prisoners of Isolation: The Psychological and Legal Implications of 'Supermax' Confinement"
Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Wynne Courtroom, IU School of Law, Indianapolis -- Professor Craig Haney of the University of California, Santa Cruz will present "Prisoners of Isolation: The Psychological and Legal Implications of 'Supermax' Confinement." For more information, call 317-278-4789.

"The Dark Side of the Universe"
Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 109, Bloomington -- Professor Neta Bahcall, a pioneering astrophysicist in the field of observational cosmology and Eugene Higgins Professor at Princeton University, will present evidence yielded by her research in this lecture that is part of the Patten Lecture Series. Bahcall's first lecture will question what the universe is made of. Recent observations suggest surprising new results. Not only is most of the matter in the universe dark and unconventional, but more surprisingly, the major component of the universe may be in the form of 'dark energy' -- a form of energy that opposes the pull of gravity and causes the expansion of the universe to accelerate. For more information, visit

Burma's Political Crisis: The Fate of the Saffron Revolution
Oct. 24, 12-1:30 p.m., Law School Faculty Conference Room, Bloomington -- The Burmese Students Association, the Center for Constitutional Democracies in Plural Societies, the Center on American and Global Security, the India Studies Program and the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business jointly co-sponsor a roundtable discussion on the domestic and international aspects of Burma's ongoing political crisis. For more information, visit

Modulatory and Memory Functions of the Hippocampus: Linking Memory, Stress, Mood and Neurogenesis
Oct. 24, 12-1 p.m., Ruth Lilly Auditorium, University Library, Indianapolis -- The hippocampus is crucial to episodic memory formation and setting the context for ongoing behavior. Its unique characteristics make it suited to both rapid encoding and long-term retention. Sue Becker will discuss how in addition, the hippocampus may modulate brain structures supporting a range of behavioral and mood states. For more information, call 317-278-9208.

Weighing the Universe
Oct. 24, 4-5 p.m., Swain West 119, Bloomington -- Neta Bahcall of Princeton University will present "Weighing the Universe" as part of the Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquia Series. How do we weigh the Universe? Where is the Dark Matter? Bahcall will discuss these questions and show that several independent methods, including the observed present-day abundance of rich clusters, the evolution of cluster abundance with redshift, the baryon-fraction in clusters, the observed Mass-to-Light function from galaxies to superclusters, and other large-scale structure observations, all reveal a universe with a low mass density parameter of about 20 percent of the critical density. For more information, visit

Body, Space and Cinema
Oct. 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, IT 152, Indianapolis -- Scott Snibbe will present interactive works that incorporate reactive video projections, large-scale tracking of humans and vehicles and Blow Up, which amplifies human breath as a large field of wind. He will discuss the philosophical divide between language and visceral perception that motivates his creation of interactive media art. For more information, call 317-278-9208.

U.S. v. Daniel Pack
Oct. 25, 12 p.m., Moot Court Room, IU School of Law, Bloomington -- Indiana Law welcomes the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to hear arguments in U.S. v. Daniel Pack. The case involves a conviction for indecent acts with a minor. As part of the Court's "Project Outreach" program, Indiana Law students can act as student amicus curiae and have the unique opportunity to present oral argument under the supervision of members of the Court's bar. Following the hearing, judges will take questions from the audience. For more information, visit

From Word to Image: Storytelling and the Visualization Process
Oct. 25, 7-8:30 p.m., Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, IT 152, Indianapolis -- From film to video, from game design to Webisodes, visual storytelling projects usually begin with a script. The process whereby these words are translated into a series of images is deeply creative as well as technically challenging. Marcie Begleiter will cover the logistics and aesthetics of creating easy-to-read images and diagrams that will serve as a visual script as well as production planning documents. For more information, call 317-278-9208.

"Will the Universe Expand Forever?"
Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 109, Bloomington -- Professor Neta Bahcall, a pioneering astrophysicist in the field of observational cosmology and Eugene Higgins Professor at Princeton University, will present evidence yielded by her research in this Patten lecture. Her second lecture will discuss the ultimate fate of the universe -- will it expand forever or will it eventually collapse in a 'Big Crunch'? The answer to this fundamental question depends on two critical observations: How much matter or gravity exists in the universe? And, does the universe contain other forms of energy that affect its expansion? Observations suggest that the expansion rate of the universe is speeding up. For more information, visit

Developmental Seminar
Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., Psychological and Brian Sciences Building 137C, Bloomington -- In this seminar, Sayuri Kojima and Angela Staples will speak. Kojima presents "Preweaning rat pups rapidly acquire a hudding preference for maternal odor." Staples will present "Examining the real time relation between attention and distress in infants." For more information, visit

"Under Construction: Process, Product and the Opus-Concept"
Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m., Bloomington -- Elaine Sisman, Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music at Columbia University and past president of the American Musicological Society, will present her paper considering the opus-concept in the 18th century as more than an engaging engine of creativity and commerce. For more information, visit

Animal Behavior Colloquium
Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Myers Hall 130, Bloomington -- Mike Webster, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, presents "Birds not of a feather? Sexual selection and plumage signals in a polymorphic Australian bird." For more information, visit

IU Art Museum 25th Anniversary Lecture and Lighting Ceremony
Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Hope School of Fine Arts Auditorium, room 015, Bloomington -- In honor of the 25th anniversary of the IU Art Museum's building, designed by I. M. Pei & Partners, and the unveiling of Light Totem, Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will return to Indiana University to present a special lecture. The lecture will be followed by the lighting ceremony for Light Totem on the museum's front lawn, designed by Rob Shakespeare of the IU Theatre and Drama Department. For more information, visit

Court of Appeals oral arguments
Oct. 29, 12 p.m., Moot Court Room, IU School of Law, Bloomington -- The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Shafer & Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation v. Justin Stichnoth and Corraine Stichnoth at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. A panel of Judge Edward W. Najam Jr.; Judge Paul D. Mathias, JD'79; and Judge Cale J. Bradford will hear the case on appeal from White Circuit Court. Each side will have 30 minutes for argument. For more information, please consult the Court of Appeals Web site at or contact the court at (317) 234-4859.

"The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements"
Oct. 29, 5 p.m., Jordan Hall 124, Bloomington -- Acclaimed Israeli author and journalist Gershom Gorenberg presents "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements." Gorenberg is a columnist and associate editor at The Jerusalem Report. He is the author of The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount and co-author of Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. For more information, visit

"The Baghdadi Jews of British Burma"
Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Ballantine Hall 232, Bloomington -- As news of political uprisings in Burma or Myanmar rocks the headlines, few are aware of the country's history as home to a vibrant Baghdadi Jewish community. Jewish life in the lush land of Burma is emblematic of the experience of the extended Baghdadi community throughout Southeast Asia, as well as also that of similar "European" populations in colonial British India. Fredman Cernea, Ph.D., explores these issues in discussing her new book, Almost Englishmen: Baghdadi Jews in British Burma (Lexington Books, 2007). For more information, visit

Wadie Jwaideh Memorial Lecture
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., the IMU Frangipani Room, Bloomington -- Professor Albertine Jwaideh of the University of Toronto will present "The Marsh Dwellers of Southern Iraq: Their Habitat, Origins, Society and Economy." Throughout the millennia, overspill from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers has created vast networks of permanent marsh on 6,000 or more square miles in southern Iraq. To understand the people of this region, one must begin with the peculiarities of the physical geography of the Mesopotamian delta. For more information, contact

"Cold Atoms: The Next Generation"
Oct. 31, 4-5 p.m., Swain West 119, Bloomington -- Professor Jason Ho of Ohio State University presents the Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquia "Cold Atoms: The Next Generation." After a decade of exciting discoveries, the field of cold atoms continues to expand in a very rapid rate. In this talk, Ho will discuss the current development of the field, including the ambitious goal of quantum emulation as well as the great challenges we face. For more information, visit

Social and Moral Relationships with Personified Robots
Nov. 1, 12-1 p.m., Ruth Lilly Auditorium, University Library, Indianapolis -- Personified robots will become part of our lives, although it is not yet clear how. They may become caretakers for the elderly, tutors for children, healthcare or day-care assistants, counselors, museum guides or maids. They may also become our friends. Based on his laboratory's research, Peter Kahn explores in his talk the social and moral challenges that personified robots will pose as they become increasingly prevalent. For more information, call 317-278-9208.

"Citizenship and Civil Society: A Scandinavian Perspective"
Nov. 1, 4-5 p.m., the IMU Maple Room, Bloomington -- Thomas Boje, professor of social science at the Roskilde University in Denmark, will present "Citizenship and Civil Society: A Scandinavian Perspective." Boje directs the European Network for Excellence on Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe: the Making of European Citizenship. He was one of the co-principal investigators in a recently completed study of the Danish voluntary society that is part of the comparative civil society project coordinated by Lester Salamon at Johns Hopkins. For more information, visit

Postwar Footprints: Satellite and Wireless Stories in former Yugoslavia
Nov. 1, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Swain West 119, Bloomington -- "Postwar Footprints" is an analysis of the technological zones created by the implementation and use of satellite and wireless systems after the recent war in Yugoslavia. It is a study of the transition from a national socialist system of terrestrial broadcasting and telecommunication to a transnational system of post-industrial media capitalism. Lisa Parks will focus upon satellite and wireless infrastructures that have emerged in Croatia and Slovenia. For more information, visit

"The Jew in Christian and Post-Christian Europe: Reflections on Today's Anti-Semitism"
Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., the IMU State Room East, Bloomington -- Alain Finkielkraut, professor of the History of Ideas at the École Polytechnique in Paris, is one of France's foremost essayists and scholars of post-Holocaust Jewish identity in Europe. In his lecture, Finkielkraut will retrace the genealogy of the new manifestations of anti-Semitism in France and Europe and explore the adaptability of anti-Semitism throughout history. This lecture is generously co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. For more information, visit

Communications and Culture Brown Bag
Nov. 2, 12-2 p.m., Classroom-Office Building, 800 E. 3rd St., room 100, Bloomington -- CMCL Fall Guest Lecturer Lisa Parks will lead a brown bag discussion. Parks, Ph.D., is associate professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she is also an affiliate of the Departments of Art and Women's Studies. Her research explores uses of satellite, computer and television technologies in a transnational context. For more information, visit

Developmental Seminar
Nov. 2, 1:30 p.m., Psychological and Brian Sciences Building 137C, Bloomington -- In this seminar, Rima Hanania and Susan Jones will speak. Hanania will present "The development of selective attention and attention shifting: Are they fundamentally related?" Jones will present "Near misses in infant imitation." For more information, visit

"Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora"
Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., Ernie Pyle Auditorium, Bloomington -- Associate Professor Steve Raymer will speak about his many trips to India and his study of the changing region in celebration of his new book, Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora. For more information, visit

2007 Evan F. Lilly Memorial Biennial Lecture Competition
Nov. 2, 4-6 p.m. and Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fine Arts 102, Bloomington -- Six graduate students will discuss the histories and cultural contexts of objects from the collection of the Indiana University Art Museum. The Evan F. Lilly Memorial Prize of $600 will be awarded for the best student presentation. A four-person jury composed of two art history faculty from the Hope School of Fine Arts and two curators from the Indiana University Art Museum will determine the winning lecture. For more information, call 812-855-5445.