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Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Lecture Notes -- April 18-30

Poets, writers, essayists, scholars, actresses and a 2004 presidential candidate to lecture at IU

"Global Climate Change: Effects on Natural and Human Systems"
April 18, 2-4 p.m., Frangipani Room, Indiana Memoral Union, IU Bloomington -- The School of Public and Environmental Affairs presents the L.K. Caldwell Symposium on Environmental Science and Policy with Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. For more information, go to

"Great Expectations and First Impressions" (April 19) and
"First Impressions and Second Thoughts" (April 21)
April 19 and April 21, 7:30 p.m., Rawles Hall 100, IU Bloomington -- The internationally-acclaimed British essayist and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips will deliver the last two Patten lectures of this academic year. Phillips has published over a dozen scholarly books on psychoanalysis, literature, philosophy, the history of science, sociology, politics, child psychology and biography, as well as editions of the work of Edmund Burke, Walter Pater, Charles Lamb and John Clare. As one of the world's foremost experts on Freud and the history of psychoanalysis, Phillips was invited by Penguin Press to serve as the general editor of a new English edition of Freud; 17 volumes are planned, and seven have already been published. The April 19 lecture will consider the theme of first impressions that runs throughout Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and how psychoanalysis has changed our idea of what first impressions are and how they determine our responses to others. The April 21 lecture will focus on the work of Jane Austen and will explore how second thoughts recalibrate and transform "first impressions." For more information, contact Mary Tilton at or go to the following Web site:

"Murambi: Le livre des ossements" (April 20) and
"The Commitment of the African Writer Today" (April 25)
April 20, 7 p.m., Monroe Country Public Library, Room 1C; April 25, 5:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 004, IU Bloomington -- The Project on African Expressive Traditions and Horizons of Knowledge present a reading and lecture by Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, one of the most celebrated and important novelists and screenwriters in Senegal today. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Murambi:Le livre des ossements (Murambi: The Book of Bones, 2000), based on the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Murambi is a town in southwestern Rwanda where tens of thousands of Tutsis were massacred at a school compound. Diop visited Rwanda for two months in 1998 and produced the novel from the experience. Published in 2000, the book has received much international attention and is on the Zimbabwe Book Fair list of the 100 best African books of the 20th century. Events will be presented in French and English translation. The discussion and lectures are sponsored by APOAET, the IU Department of French and Italian, the IU African Studies Program and the IU Department of Comparative Literature.

"Europe's Muslim Challenge"
April 20, 4-5:30 p.m.,Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union, IU Bloomington -- Shireen Hunter presents this lecture, which is sponsored by IU's Department of West European Studies. Hunter is director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She has served as director of the Mediterranean Studies Program with the Centre of European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium; deputy director of the Middle East Program at CSIS; guest scholar at the Brookings Institution; and research fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs. Her areas of expertise include Iran, the Persian Gulf, Southwest Asia, Islamic revivalism, Middle East political and economic issues, the Transcaucasus and Central Asia. For more information, contact or go to

"From Hanoi to Hollywood: One woman's triumph"
April 20, 7 p.m., Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union, IU Bloomington -- Kieu Chinh is the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month keynote speaker. As a young woman, she was a reigning star in Indochina. After the fall of Saigon, Chinh moved to the United States, where she began a new life as a film star, appearing in M*A*S*H and The Joy Luck Club. She also is co-chairperson of the Vietnam Memorial Association, a non-profit agency dedicated to building schools in the most damaged areas of Vietnam. In her lecture, Chinh will be recounting her triumphant journey and current humanitarian ambitions. A question-and-answer session will follow her lecture. This event is free and is sponsored by Union Board. For more information, contact Kathleen Gettelfinger at

"Beyond negligence and abuse: Intervening in families on behalf of children"
April 21, 4-5:30 p.m., Main Library 033, IU Bloomington -- Rob Reich, a political science and education professor at Stanford University, will present this lecture which is sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. For more information, contact Glenda Murray at or go to

"Al on America"
April 21, 7:30 p.m., IU Auditorium, IU Bloomington -- This free Union Board lecture features Al Sharpton. A 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, the Rev. Sharpton's lecture is entitled, "Al on America." The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information, contact Robert Ritchie or Cody Bell at

"An American in Áras: The Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain and preservation of the Irish language"
April 28, 3-5 p.m., Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union, IU Bloomington -- Gail Whitchurch will present this West European Studies Contemporary European Issues lecture. She will describe the indigenous Irish language, Gaeilge, and discuss some of the socio-political issues in the contemporary efforts to preserve it. She will describe her four-week immersion course in Gaeilge in summer 2004, which was funded in part by a faculty language grant from the West European Studies National Resource Center. She studied Gaeilge at the language school of the National University of Ireland Galway, the Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain, which is located in the rural western Ireland village of An Cheathrú Rua. She is currently studying language choices in childbearing Gaeilge-speaking families, and the meanings of rural family craft traditions, especially traditional Irish knitting and weaving of the críos (traditional belt of the Aran Islands). For more information, contact the West European Studies Department at