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Lecture Notes

Sept. 10-23

"The Music of Frank Zappa"
Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall, Bloomington -- Jimmy Carl Black, drummer for The Mothers of Invention, will talk about the music of Frank Zappa. For more information, visit

"Entering the Fog: On the Borderlines of Mental Capacity"
Sept. 12, 12 p.m., School of Law Moot Court Room, Bloomington -- University of Oxford Professor Jonathan Herring holds the Indiana Law's George P. Smith II Distinguished Visiting Professorship-Chair. He will present a public lecture entitled "Entering the Fog: On the Borderlines of Mental Capacity." Herring's widely published research addresses criminal, family and medical law issues. He is the author of leading texts in family and medical law, and his research in these areas covers hot-button topics including the regulation of pregnancy and enforced medical treatment; the medical and legal definition of sex; issues surrounding human cloning; and the intersections of family law and human rights. For more information, visit

"Cognitive Processes and Sexual Dysfunction"
Sept. 12, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Kinsey Institute Conference Room, Morrison Hall, Bloomington -- Pedro J. Nobre, Assistant Professor and Director of the Masters Program in Clinical Psychology at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal, will present the Kinsey Institute Seminar "Cognitive Processes and Sexual Dysfunction". For more information, visit

Using new technology to teach about old days and society
Sept. 12, 3 p.m., Wright Education Building 2140, Bloomington -- The first Center for Research and P-16 Collaboration Research Colloquium will be presented by Thomas Brush, associate professor in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology at the IU School of Education. Brush's presentation is titled "Using technology-enhanced learning environments to support problem-based historical inquiry in social studies and history classrooms." This presentation will summarize findings from a nine-year research program investigating how technological affordances might be used as a part of holistic learning environments to support teachers and learners in disciplined inquiry about persistent social issues. For more information, visit

The Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquia Series
Sept. 12, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Swain West 119, Bloomington -- Jainendra Jain, Penn State, will present "Composite fermion quantum liquid: A new paradigm for collective behavior" as part of the Joseph and Sophia Konopinski Colloquia Series. Jain will describe the events leading to the discovery of composite fermions, and recount how it resolved many outstanding mysteries and led to nontrivial predictions of states and phenomena that were subsequently verified. For more information, visit

"Islamism and its African American Critics"
Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., IMU President's Room at the University Club, Bloomington -- The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program presents the Inaugural Fall Lecture and Reception for faculty, staff and friends. The program's director, Kevin Jaques, will open the evening and Edward E. Curtis IV, Millennium Scholar of Religious Studies and American Studies, IUPUI, will present "Islamism and its African American Critics." Please RSVP to 812-856-3977.

John Jackson to be kick-off speaker for the Education Policy Chat Series
Sept. 13, 1:30 p.m., IMU Frangipani Room, Bloomington -- John Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, will present "Leaving Our Children Behind: The Cost to Our Nation," which outlines national economic and social costs caused by inequities in education. For more information, visit

Narrative Identification
Sept. 13-15, Bloomington -- This international conference investigates the ways narrative and identification imply each other. Combining theoretical and historical perspectives, the event seeks to develop new approaches for narratology, cognitive science and psychoanalysis, and to better understand the ways in which texts in different media initiate, block and manage various forms of identification. For more conference information, contact Michael Auer,

"Democracy Redux: Mexico's Voters and the 2006 Presidential Race"
Sept. 14, 2 p.m., IMU Maple Room, Bloomington -- Roderic Camp, professor of government at Claremont McKenna University, presents "Democracy Redux: Mexico's Voters and the 2006 Presidential Race." His special interests include Mexican politics, comparative elites, political recruitment, church-state relations and civil-military affairs. Camp is the author of numerous articles and more than twenty books on Mexico. In addition, he is also a frequent consultant to national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and BBC. The HORIZONS OF KNOWLEDGE lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Chicano-Riqueno Studies, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, American Studies and Latino Studies. For more information, contact

"Seeing the Light: A Re-Evaluation of the Context of Life of Antony 10"
Sept. 14, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Lilly Library Slocum Puzzle Room, Bloomington -- As part of the Ancient Studies Colloquia Series, Ellen Muehlberger, IU Religious Studies, will present "Seeing the Light: A Re-Evaluation of the Context of Life of Antony 10." For more information, visit

Bob Woodward
Sept. 17, 7 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington -- Woodward's investigative reporting with Carl Bernstein of the Watergate scandal helped earn the Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Woodward and Bernstein's account of the investigation, All The President's Men, became a national best-seller and was made into a popular motion picture. A second book by Woodward and Bernstein on the collapse of the Nixon administration, The Final Days, was also a huge success. Now an assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, Woodward is responsible for the paper's special investigative projects. For more information, visit

Social defeat differentially affects immune responses in Siberian hamsters
Sept. 18, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Jordan Hall 238, Bloomington -- As part of the IU Behavior Colloquia and the EEB Brown Bag Series, Emily Chester, IUB Dept. of Biology, will present "Social defeat differentially affects immune responses in Siberian hamsters". For more information, vist

From Transience to Transcendence: The Psychological Impact of the Awareness of Mortality
Sept. 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., IUPUI University Library, Ruth Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis -- Jamie Arndt's talk will provide an overview of terror management theory and research. Briefly, the theory posits that the human cognitive ability to be aware of mortality, juxtaposed with biological proclivities to live, creates the potential for extreme anxiety. People manage this anxiety by attempting to live out their lives as significant beings in a symbolic seemingly eternal reality, rather than as transient animals fated only to death. This is accomplished by investing in a cultural system of beliefs that imbues existence with meaning, order and permanence, and provides mechanisms by which people can feel enduringly significant. For more information, contact

Law Day
Sept. 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the IMU Alumni Hall, Bloomington -- Freshmen through alumni are invited to participate in a question and answer session, panel discussion with four law school admissions deans, "What I Really Like to See in a Law School Application," and visit representatives from 105 law schools. For more information, visit

Scandinavia's Response to Climate Change and Its Influence on the European Union's Environmental Policies
Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., the IMU President's Room, Bloomington -- Indiana University's newly established Norwegian Program is going to hosting a public lecture by Christine Ingebritsen from the University of Washington - Seattle, who is going to talk about Scandinavia in world affairs. She will focus in particular on Scandinavia's response to climate change and the way this has tied to the policies of the European Union. The lecture is a part of the Scandinavian Lecture Series which was initiated by a multidisciplinary IU faculty group whose effort is dedicated to the advancement of Scandinavian Studies on the IU campuses. It is supported by West European Studies, Germanic Studies, International Studies, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Horizons of Knowledge. For more information, contact

They sing the body electric: Species diversity and physiology of sexually dimorphic communication in electric fish
Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Myers Hall 130, Bloomington -- Troy Smith, IUB Department of Biology, will give his tenure talk as part of the EEB Seminar Series, entitled "They sing the body electric: Species diversity and physiology of sexually dimorphic communication in electric fish". Ellen Ketterson will host the event. For more information, visit

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