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Lecture Notes

March 17-30

Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
March 17, 12-1:30 p.m., 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Hongshan Yang, associate professor, School of Public Administration, and Jianguo Chen, a doctoral student in Public Administration, at Renmin University of China, Beijing will present "Seeking Good Governance in a Grand-Scale State: Institutional Evolution of Intergovernmental Relations in China." This presentation focuses on the institutional evolution of intergovernmental relations in China from a historical perspective. For more information, contact

Department of Anthropology Colloquia Series
March 17, 4-5:30 p.m., Student Building 159, Bloomington -- IU Anthropology Professor Martin Sterling will present "Race and Ethnicity in the Jamaican Response to the Japanese Reggae Boom." For more information, contact

A Tale of Two Talks: Pleasures and Perils of Reading India's Epics on Antiquity in Modernity
March 17, 5:30 p.m., India Studies House, 825 E. 8th St., Bloomington -- Professor Robert Goldman, University of California at Berkeley, has authored numerous scholarly works on Sanskrit literature and Indian culture with particular emphasis on studies of the great Indian epics. For more information, visit

Going Beyond Numbers: The Recruitment and Retention of Black and Latino Faculty and Graduate Sudents -- Panel Discussion
March 19, 6-8 p.m., Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall, Bloomington -- In October 2007, the Committee on Minority Historians reported, "despite decade-long national efforts, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans still are significantly underrepresented as recipients of PhDs in the United States. Even though they comprise 32 percent of all U.S. citizens in the typical age range (25-40) of PhD candidates, they account for only 7 percent of all doctoral recipients." The consequence of this underrepresentation of PhD recipients is that the instructors for the next generation of college undergraduates "will remain overwhelmingly white." The goal of this program is to assess where IU is in its commitment in recruiting and retaining Black and Latino faculty and graduate students and determine what future goals need to be met. For more information, contact

In the Shadow of Hope: Truth Telling in Oncology
March 20, 4-5:15 p.m., Poynter Center, 618 E. 3rd St., Bloomington -- Larry Cripe, MD, IU School of Medicine, will speak at the Poynter Center Health Care Ethics seminar. This talk will explore through narratives the evolution of the concept of hope and the understanding of the ethics of disclosure of information, and will suggest a model of conversations that may foster hopefulness in the setting of a terminal illness. For more information, visit

Sociality of the Present: Family, Affect and Japanese Kids
March 20, 4-5:30 p.m., the IMU Dogwood Room, Bloomington -- Anne Allison, Duke University chair of cultural anthropology, presents the Horizons of Knowledge lecture "Sociality of the Present: Family, Affect and Japanese Kids." There has been much talk about the collapse of social relations, family and future hopes at the turn of the twenty-first century. Allison will examine youth in contemporary Japan in terms of family relations, affective attachments (to the world and others around them) and future hope. For more information, contact

Learning French late: An On-line Look at the Factors that Affect Learning
March 20, 5:30 p.m., the IMU Maple Room, Bloomington -- Cheryl Frenck Mestre, Directeur de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and head of the laboratoire Parole et Langage at the Université de Provence, will discuss a series of recent ERP experiments performed in her laboratory on L2 syntactic processing as performed by adult native speakers of German, Spanish and English acquiring French. For more information, call 812-855-5458.

Religion and the State
March 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wylie Hall 015, Bloomington -- The Indiana University Department of Religious Studies announces its annual Graduate Conference. The topic is "Religion and the State." The goal of this year's conference is to explore the harmonies and tensions present in the relationships between religious traditions and the state. Fourteen panelists, representing seven different universities and many more disciplines, will be presenting papers. For a full schedule of presentations, contact

Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
March 21, 12-1:30 p.m., 513 N. Park Ave., Bloomington -- Michael Cox, doctoral candidate in public affairs and research assistant at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis presents "Understanding the Acequias of New Mexico as Social-Ecological Systems." This paper is a version of a dissertation proposal, providing much of the relevant theoretical background that integrates several different concepts and frameworks, including social-ecological systems, networks, institutions, collective action problems and complex adaptive systems. It proposes a study of the acequia irrigation communities in northern New Mexico through the lens of these combined perspectives, analyzing them as complex social-hydrological networks whose structure results from their bottom-up management and institutional collective action, which together have sustained them for hundreds of years in a severe high desert environment. For more information, contact

The Future of Proof: Must We Depend on Computers?
March 21, 3-4 p.m., Lindley Hall 102, Bloomington -- Dana Scott, of Carnegie Mellon presents "The Future of Proof: Must We Depend on Computers?" Gödel showed us many things. Among other things he showed us the possibility of proof (via the Completeness Theorem for First-Order Logic); and then quite soon thereafter he showed us the impossibility of proof (via the Incompleteness Theorem for Higher-Order Logics). These results are well known and famous, but their impact on the practice of mathematics has perhaps not been very noticeable. The lecture will survey some recent developments, but also bring up the questions of what we should now regard as a proof and of how new proof methods may develop because of computers. For more information, visit

Paolo Cherchi
March 21, 3:30 p.m., College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Ave., Bloomington -- Paolo Cherchi, professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Chicago and professor of romance philology at the University of Ferrara, Italy, will present his new book which focuses on the controversial closing of Petrarch's main poetic work, The Canzoniere. The talk will be in English. Cherchi is a specialist of medieval, renaissance and baroque literature. His interests include Romance philology, textual criticism, and comparative literature. Discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, call 812-855-5458.

Coleus and Their Cousins
March 22, 10 a.m., Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomington -- Remember coleus? That floppy, murky-colored plant your grandmother used to grow in the shade? These are not your grandmother's coleus. The hybridizers have rediscovered this old-fashioned favorite, and they have been busy creating dazzling new varieties. Hilltop Gardens Director Greg Speichert will show you how to propagate coleus and use them to best advantage in your garden. Take home some cuttings of your favorites, and bring extra cash for additional varieties. Cost of the workshop is $15. For more information or to register, contact

Lifting the Veil: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Identity and Responsibility in Global Societies
March 22, 11:30 a.m., Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bloomington -- Join the African American and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Society for the fifth annual Herman C. Hudson Symposium. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Sonia Sanchez, an influential author, playwright, former professor and social activist. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, followed by a light lunch in the Grand Hall. Sanchez will deliver her keynote address at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Hall, followed by a book signing in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's lobby. Panel presentations will begin at 1:30pm, taking place in A210 and the Bridgwaters Lounge. The panel presentations will explore questions pertaining to the cultural, intellectual, historical, social and political responsibilities and identities of people who are part of the African Diaspora. Closing remarks will be given at 5 p.m. in the Grand Hall. All symposium events are free of charge. For more information, contact

Failure and Change: Rereading Enlightenment?
March 24, 3:30 p.m., College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Ave., Bloomington -- Christie McDonald, Smith Professor of French language and literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, will present "Failure and Change: Rereading Enlightenment?" A literary and cultural critic and theorist, McDonald is also on the faculty of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard. Her research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and twentieth-century French literary and philosophical thought. She has also published in the areas of ethics, feminist theory and the arts. For more information, call 812-855-5458.

William Safire
March 24, 7 p.m., the IMU Alumni Hall, Bloomington -- The second of the School of Journalism's Speaker Series is Pulitzer Prize-winning William Safire. From 1972-2005, Safire wrote a political column for the opinion pages of The New York Times and continues to write a Sunday column focusing on grammar, usage and etymology. Before joining The New York Times, Safire was a senior White House speechwriter for President Nixon. He has worked as a radio and television producer, U.S. Army correspondent, reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune and as president of his own public relations firm. For more information, visit

Remodeling Proteins and the Proteome by AAA Unfolding Machines
March 26, 4-5 p.m., Myers Hall 130, Bloomington -- The 27th Joan Wood Lecture, "Remodeling Proteins and the Proteome by AAA Unfolding Machines" will be presented by Professor Tania A. Baker, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Baker's lab focuses on the mechanism and regulation of two classes of macromolecular machines: the Clp/Hsp100 ATPases that catalyze protein unfolding and the disassembly of protein complexes, and the tranposase/integrase family of recombinases that catalyze DNA transposition. The lab studies these biological catalysts using biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and genetics. A reception will follow the lecture in the lobby of Myers Hall. For more information, visit

The Gospel According to Akbar: Artistic Encounters Between Europe and Asia at The Mughal Courts of India
March 26, 5:30 p.m., Ballantine Hall 005, Bloomington -- Since the reign of Emperor Akbar the Great (d. 1605), paintings produced in Mughal India began to evince the impact of European art. Brought to Akbar's court by Jesuit missionaries, European works of art in 16th-century India possessed a distinct and contextually exotic Christian character. Mughal patrons developed a fancy for occidental images, finding the European visual and aesthetic languages curiously attractive. Ironically, while Jesuit efforts to convert both Hindus and Muslims generally fell short of success, an artistic dialogue flourished. This lecture examines the role of Christian images in Emperor Akbar's multi-cultural and religiously diverse court. We will explore the meanings of the fusion of Christian iconography with Mughal painting traditions, tracing the way European imagery was perceived and manipulated by Mughal patrons and Indian artists. For more information, visit

The Formation of Crimean Tartar Identity
March 26, 6:30 p.m., Woodburn Hall 120, Bloomington -- Visiting Professor Erdogan Yildirim will discuss the encounter of the group with modernity during Russian domination and the experience of the "modern" laying the foundations for the Crimean Tartar ethnic identification, their experience of exile and the loss of cultural unity and the loss of specific Crimean Tartarness. For more information, visit

Nationally known author to visit IU East for public reading
March 26, 7 p.m., Whitewater Hall, Vivian Auditorium, Richmond -- Award winning author Christopher Coake will visit Indiana University East. Coake is the author of We're in Trouble (Harcourt, 2005), a collection of short stories centered in the Midwest. A Hoosier native, Coake received his MFA from Ohio State University and his MA from Miami University Oxford, Ohio. In 2006, he was awarded the Robert Bingham Fellowship for best debut fiction from PEN American Center. The following year, his work was included in Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2.
Coake is an assistant professor of English and teaches writing at the University of Nevada-Reno. His writing continues to be inspired by the people and landscapes from his Midwestern roots. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, contact

U.S. Foreign Policy after Iraq
March 26, 8 p.m., IMU Georgian Room, Bloomington -- Andrew Bacevich, Professor of History and International Relations, Boston University, will deliver the annual Paul V. McNutt Lecture. Bacevich is a retired army colonel and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of several books, including The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005) and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002). For more information, visit

America -- Crossing Boundaries of Possibility
March 27, 2:30 p.m., the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium, Bloomington -- The School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club invite you to a special program featuring Vernon Jordan Jr., renowned African American lawyer and civil rights leader. Jordan will deliver the Neal-Marshall Lecture in Public Policy "America -- Crossing Boundaries of Possibility." For more information, contact

Can and Should We Control Technology? The Future of Stem Cell Research Policy
March 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., IU School of Law Moot Court room, Bloomington -- The symposium addresses the full range of legal and ethical questions raised by this critical yet constantly debated form of medical research. Keynote speaker Rebecca Dresser, professor law and of medical ethics at Washington University in St. Louis, is a leading authority on the law and ethics of stem cell research. IU law professor Yvonne Cripps, who studies the legal implications of biotechnology, and IU philosophy professor Sandra Shapshay, who focuses her research on biomedical ethics, will also comment. Audience members will then be asked to contribute comments and questions. The symposium will conclude with a reception. For more information, contact

Citizen-Generated Content: the Rise of Video Mashups in the 2008 Election
March 28, 3-4 p.m., Informatics 107, Bloomington -- Richard Edwards, assistant professor of Media Arts and Science in the New Media Program in the School of Informatics at IUPUI, will present "Citizen-Generated Content: The Rise of Video Mashups in the 2008 Election." From 2007's Phil de Vellis's "Vote Different" to 2008's's "Yes We Can," video mashups -- as a form of political discourse -- have become extremely popular in this election cycle, and signal the rise of the "YouTube election." The proliferation of video mashups relate to the growth of online video sharing, remix culture, social networking and DIY producers actively engaged in creating "citizen-generated content." This talk examines the recombinatorial and generative logics behind video mashups and the discursive strategies utilized by remix artists to examine the effectiveness of political video mashups as tools for candidate advocacy and political change. For more information, visit

Medieval Graduate Symposium
March 28-29, Bloomington -- The 20th Annual Medieval Symposium will be held on March 28-29, 2008. The topic this year is: "Violence, Conflict and Humor," and Professor Warren C. Brown, California Institute of Technology, will deliver a keynote address, entitled: "Is there Humor in Medieval Violence?" For a complete schedule, visit

Twig Trellis
March 29, 10 a.m., Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomington -- Hilltop Gardens director Greg Speichert will teach you how to make your own rustic twig trellis. Imagine a morning glory or a cardinal climber twining its way up a delightful trellis in your own garden. Each participant will take home two container-sized trellises. All materials will be provided, but you may want to bring your own pruners -- and your imagination. Cost of the workshop is $25. For more information or to register, contact

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