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Lecture Notes

February 15-28, 2009

"They Call Me: One Woman's Journey through (Russian) Jewish Music"
Feb. 15, 3 p.m., Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall, Bloomington -- Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn will perform a concert of Jewish music entitled "They Call Me: One Woman's Journey through Russian Jewish Music," dedicated to the memory of long-time and much beloved Jewish Studies and History Professor Irving Katz, who passed away on Jan. 24, 2008. The concert will explore the story of suppression and the then unprecedented awakening of Jewish culture and identity in the former Soviet Union through the personal experience of Cantor Hirschhorn, a Kiev-born musicologist, composer and performer. For more information, contact iujsp@indiana.edu.

Are Preferences Stable Across Domains? An Experimental Investigation of Social Preferences in the Field
Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Workshop Tocqueville Room, 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Angela C. M. de Oliveira, doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas, investigates whether social preferences are stable across contexts in the field. De Oliveira and her team build a unique data set by recruiting participants from a low-income urban neighborhood to participate in a series of laboratory experiments. Their decisions are used to demonstrate the stability of cooperative actions across multiple decision contexts. For more information, contact ghiggins@indiana.edu.

Informal Institutions of Social Reciprocity and Citizenship in Rural Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire
Feb. 16, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Workshop Tocqueville Room, 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Lauren Morris MacLean, assistant professor, department of Political Science, seeks to explain puzzling differences in indigenous notions of citizenship and political participation in very similar regions of neighboring Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Based on original survey research and in-depth interviews at the village level, MacLean will show how the boundaries of political community are contested and redrawn at the local level in different ways in the two cases. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/colloquia/materials/spring2009_all_workshopcolloquia.html#021609.

Joyce Carol Oates
Feb. 16, 5 p.m., the Indiana Memorial Union Solarium, Bloomington -- Called "one of the greatest writers of our time" by the late novelist John Gardner, award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates will read and lecture at Indiana University's Indiana Memorial Union. The lecture is part of a "Cultural Conflicts" series presented by the College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI). Oates is the author of a number of distinguished books in genres ranging from plays to short story collections. For more information, visit http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/9797.html.

"Practice makes better. Practice makes worse. Practice does nothing at all. The cognitive neuroscience of skill learning."
Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall, Bloomington -- Bob Duke, University of Texas, presents "Practice makes better. Practice makes worse. Practice does nothing at all. The cognitive neuroscience of skill learning." Research over the past two decades has deepened our understanding of the fundamental principles of human learning. Yet much of what we do in music instruction seems to effectively ignore these principles. What's up with that? For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/apps/prelude/new/index.php?id=6243.

James Burke
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington -- Hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world," Burke has produced, directed, written and hosted award-winning television series (including the landmark Connections) on BBC, PBS, Discovery and The Learning Channel for more than 40 years. His most recent project is an online interactive knowledge mapping system to be used as a teaching aid, a tool for innovation and management and a predictor. For more information, visit http://journalism.indiana.edu.

"My brain knows that you are not looking at me"
Feb. 18, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Morrison Hall, 2nd floor conference room, Bloomington -- Aina Puce, Eleanor Cox Riggs Professor, Indiana University, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and director of the Imaging Research Facility at Indiana University, will present "My brain knows that you are not looking at me." For more information, contact kinsey@indiana.edu.

Linking Social and Ecological Systems to Sustain Coral Reef Fisheries
Feb. 18, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Workshop Tocqueville Room, 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Joshua Cinner, Senior Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, will present "Linking Social and Ecological Systems to Sustain Coral Reef Fisheries." Cinner will describe recent breakthroughs that address important linkages between social and ecological systems in coral reef fisheries throughout the western Indian Ocean. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/colloquia/materials/spring2009_all_workshopcolloquia.html#021809.

Wings of Defeat
Feb. 18, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Rawles Hall 100, Bloomington -- Documentary filmmaker Risa Morimoto will screen her 2007 documentary Wings of Defeat, which reevaluates the experiences and legacy of Japan's suicide pilots of World War II, the legendary kamikaze and features intimate interviews with surviving kamikaze. Upon learning of her uncle's secret past as a kamikaze pilot, the Japanese American Morimoto was inspired to interview former kamikaze pilots -- now in their 80s -- who thoughtfully recall and share their fears, their ambivalence, their patriotism and their guilt as survivors, when thousands of their comrades perished during Japan's most desperate hour at the end of World War II. Co-produced by Japanese-born writer Linda Hoaglund, the documentary is a rare opportunity to hear the perspectives of those who trained for, flew, and survived suicide missions, as well as Americans who survived such attacks. For more information, visit http://www.iub.edu/~easc/programs/special/wings.shtml.

"Building an 'Intelligent Accompanist' for Interactive Pieces in Max/MSP"
Feb. 19, 12 p.m., Wells Library E170D, Bloomington -- As part of the Sweetwater Computer Music Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Electronic and Computer Music, Russell Pinkston will present "Building an 'Intelligent Accompanist' for Interactive Pieces in Max/MSP." Pinkston will describe and demonstrate interactive software written in Max/MSP that he used in two widely performed pieces for solo instruments. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/apps/prelude/new/index.php?id=6642.

Workshop in Methods
Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., the IMU Walnut Room, Bloomington -- Robert Nash Parker, professor of Sociology at University of California-Riverside and co-Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, will present "Introduction to GIS and Thematic Mapping in the Social Sciences: Research, Teaching and Outreach." For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~crimjust/.

Workshop in Methods
Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., SPEA 151, Bloomington -- Robert Nash Parker, professor of Sociology at University of California-Riverside and co-Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, will present "GIS Analytical Mapping, and Spatial Modeling: Sociology, Criminology, and Other Social Science Applications." For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~crimjust/.

China's Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989
Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Bloomington -- The year 2009 is an anniversary year of three of the most important events in modern Chinese history -- the 90th anniversary of the May 4th Movement, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. In commemoration of these events, the East Asian Studies Center and its partner center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, will hold a symposium titled "China's Revolutionary Anniversaries: Remembering 1919, 1949, 1989." For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://www.iub.edu/~easc/programs/chinaanniversaries.shtml.

The Yaddo Archive Project: Perils, Pleasures, and Pitfalls in a Digital Scholarship Project
Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., IT 252, Informatics and Communications Complex, 535 West Michigan St., Indianapolis -- Micki McGee, sociologist and cultural critic, analyzes the challenges encountered in a digital social network-mapping project that explores relationships between artists, writers, and composers supported at Yaddo. This presentation will outline the pleasures and pitfalls of the Yaddo Archive Project undertaking, focusing on lessons learned that will be of use to other scholars in the digital humanities, as well as pointing the direction we plan to pursue in the coming year. For more information, visit http://informatics.iupui.edu/events/event.php?id=873.

"Of Beardless Youths, Courtesans, and Voyeurs: Modern Persian Erotica in the Kinsey Institute"
Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m., Morrison Hall 002, Bloomington -- In conjunction with the opening of the new KI Gallery exhibit "Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan," Christiane J. Gruber will give a lecture titled, "Of Beardless Youths, Courtesans, and Voyeurs: Modern Persian Erotica in the Kinsey Institute," followed by visit to the exhibition. Gruber is an art historian from Indiana University who has studied the erotic art from Persia/Iran in the Kinsey Institute collection. For more information, contact kinsey@indiana.edu.

Apple's Education Team
Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.-3:30, IT 252, Informatics and Communications Complex, 535 West Michigan St., Indianapolis -- Dick Hamstra and Jason Bruder will be here from Apple, Inc. to provide information on podcasting, iPhones and Web development. There will be information on resources and examples. In addition to their presentation, they are looking forward to hearing what faculty and staff are interested in, such as designing Web sites that work on a small screen and educational uses for podcasting. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of ideas. All are welcome. For more information, visit http://informatics.iupui.edu/events/event.php?id=883.

Classification in Sparsely Labeled Networks
Feb. 20, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Informatics East 130, Bloomington -- Tina Eliassi-Rad of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will address the problem of classification in partially labeled networks (a.k.a. within-network classification), where observed class labels are sparse. Recent techniques in statistical relational learning have been shown to perform well on network classification tasks by exploiting dependencies between class labels of neighboring nodes. However, relational classifiers can fail when unlabeled nodes have too few labeled neighbors to support learning (during the training phase) and/or inference (during the testing phase). For more information, visit http://www.informatics.indiana.edu/colloquia/default.asp?id=859.

"Recent Directions in Research on Alcohol and Violence"
Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Ballantine 006, Bloomington -- Robert Nash Parker, professor of Sociology at University of California-Riverside and co-Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, will present "Recent Directions in Research on Alcohol and Violence." For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~crimjust/.

Language Contact and the Prosody-Syntax Interface in Frenchville French
Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Ballantine 304, Bloomington -- This talk by Barbara Bullock focuses on a minority variety of French, spoken in Frenchville, Pennsylvania since the 1830's. Specifically, this case study focuses on three distinct supra-segmental phenomena: penultimate prominence; focus via prominence/ in situ/; and the prosody of left dislocation. For more information, call 812-855-5458.

Woodcuts from Yan'an, China, 1944
Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Radio and TV 251, Bloomington -- The Indiana University Art Museum will host a special ArtsWeek lecture and reception. The Horizons of Knowledge Lecture by Ellen Johnston Laing, University of Michigan, is entitled "Woodcuts from Yan'an, China, 1944." After the lecture, guests can visit an installation of Chinese Socialist Realist prints in the IU Art Museum's second floor gallery of the Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World, and enjoy refreshments in the Art Museum's Atrium. For more information, visit http://www.artmuseum.iu.edu.

"American Politics through the Musical Looking Glass"
Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Sweeney Hall, Bloomington -- Music and art frequently mirror and chronicle the political world within which they are embedded. The American musical is often viewed as lightweight entertainment, but throughout its development, this genre has had a close and powerful relationship to politics and social change. Sometimes static, sometimes active, the relationship of the American musical and American politics preceding WWII will be explored and explained through the music of Cohan, Berlin, Gershwin, Kern and Porter. "American Politics through the Musical Looking Glass," will feature a lecture by Constance Cook Glen and a performance by Meredith Mills Kiesgen, Janice Hauxwell-Hammond, Scott Hogsed and Eric Anderson. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/apps/prelude/new/index.php?id=6525.

Land Reform and Land Conflict in Ghana and Kenya
Feb. 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Workshop Tocqueville Room, 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Professor Catherine Boone, department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, will talk about how land law reform is high on the agenda of "second generation" structural adjustment in many, perhaps most, African countries. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/colloquia/materials/spring2009_all_workshopcolloquia.html#022309.

Foreign correspondent Peter Eichstaedt
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Ernie Pyle Hall, Bloomington -- A Feb. 7 New York Times article described a failed attack, orchestrated in part by the United States, on a rebel Ugandan group that has tortured and killed thousands of villagers in Uganda and Congo. The group, known as the Lord's Resistance Army, is the subject of a new book by Peter Eichstaedt. Eichstaedt will talk about his experience researching the book, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army. For more information, contact akibbler@indiana.edu.

"A Closer Look: The New U.S. Physical Activities Guidelines"
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., SRSC Auditorium, Bloomington -- RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer, PT, MSW, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will present "A Closer Look: The New U.S. Physical Activities Guidelines." For more information, visit http://www.hper.indiana.edu/.

Voluntary Environmental Contributions in Common Property Resources Use: The Role of Ecolabelling in Tourism
Feb. 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Workshop Tocqueville Room, 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Esther Blanco, PhD Candidate, Applied Economics Department, University of the Balearic Islands, will present her paper that develops a dynamic evolutionary model to consider the effects of creating an ecolabel in tourism settings where there is scope for unilateral environmental commitments. For more information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/colloquia/materials/spring2009_all_workshopcolloquia.html#022509.

A Mission in China
Feb. 25, 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m., IU Art Museum, first floor gallery, Bloomington -- Join the IU Art Museum for a noon talk by William Colling, the son of Captain John and Alice Colling, as he talks about his father's mission in China, in conjunction with the installation of Chinese Socialist Realist prints in the Asian art gallery on the second floor. For more information, visit http://www.artmuseum.iu.edu.

Voting Rights Act Speaker
Feb. 26, 12 p.m., Maurer School of Law, room 120, Bloomington -- The Federalist Society will host Professor James Blumstein from Vanderbilt University Law School. Blumstein will be speaking about the Voting Rights Act, state redistricting plans and the voting rights cases in front of the Supreme Court this term. For more information, visit http://www.law.indiana.edu/.

"Politics and the Beatles: A 60's Rock 'n' Roll Band Grows Up"
Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall, Bloomington -- John Platoff, professor of Music at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., will present "Politics and the Beatles: A 60's Rock 'n' Roll Band Grows Up." In the early 1960s, pop music did not often stray beyond the time-honored subject of boys and girls falling in love. The Beatles of 1962 were an ambitious but small-time provincial band, and their early songs remained firmly within that tradition (as in "I Saw Her Standing There"). While the Beatles' music initially drew heavily on the style of American rhythm-and-blues, over the next few years the band developed dramatically in musical sophistication, in technological innovation, and in the variety of their subject matter. For more information, visit http://www.music.indiana.edu/apps/prelude/new/index.php?id=6615.

Network Models of Science
Feb. 27, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Informatics East 130, Bloomington -- Johan Bollen, staff researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library, will talk about how the dynamics of science as a social system have largely been studied from its final products, namely publications and the citations that they carry. While this approach has led to considerable progress in modeling scientific communication, it is also subject to particular disadvantages such as the effects of publication delays and sampling errors. In this presentation Bollen will outline a research program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to study scientific activity from large-scale usage data logs that contain the online trails that scientists leave behind when they search and download articles from online services. For more information, visit http://www.informatics.indiana.edu/colloquia/default.asp?id=858.

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