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Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lecture Notes -- March 20-31

An expert on energy research and a Time magazine Person of the Year head the list of lectures

"Accelerating Discovery: Fueling the National Innovation Engine"
March 22, Rawles Hall 100, IU Bloomington
"Energy: Elements for the Future"
March 24, Rawles Hall 100, IU Bloomington -- Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present two Patten Lectures at IU, the first, "Accelerating Discovery: Fueling the National Innovation Engine," on March 22 and the second, "Energy: Elements for the Future," on March 24. The lectures are free and open to the public. Jackson is an extraordinary individual who has made major contributions to science, education, government and international relations. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 1999, she was appointed president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and in 2004 she became president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society; she currently chairs the AAAS board. As an African American woman, Jackson has broken many a glass ceiling. She is the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in any subject from M.I.T. and one of the first two African American women to receive a doctorate in physics in the United States. She is the first African American to become a commissioner of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the first woman and the first African American to chair that commission. Jackson is also the first African American woman to lead a national research university and the first African American woman to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering. For more information on Jackson and these lectures, go to the following Website: or contact Mary Tilton at

"Genetics, the Right Decision"
March 23, Myers Hall 130, IU Bloomington -- The Joan Wood Lecture is designed to celebrate women in science and showcase careers in biology. Gail Vance, M.D., a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, will present, "Genetics, the Right Decision." The lecture is free and open to the public. A "Meet the Speaker" session will follow the lecture in the Jordan Hall atrium; complimentary pizza and beverages will also be available. For more information contact Kathy Wyss at

"Ritual and the 'Mode of Subjection' in Xunzi, with Comparative Observations"
March 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Ballantine 004, IU Bloomington -- Aaron Stalnaker is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. From 1992 to 1994 he worked as an English teacher at the Jilin College of Electrification, Jilin City, People's Republic of China. He did his graduate work in religious studies at Brown University, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 2001. From 2001 to 2004 he was an assistant professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He came to IU in the fall of 2004. He writes and teaches courses on comparative religious ethics, early Chinese thought and Christian thought. For more information, contact the East Asian Studies Center at

"Combating HIV/AIDS and the Public Service Broadcaster: The South African Broadcasting Corporation's Role in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS"
March 25, 4 p.m., Ashton Mottier, Room 124, IU Bloomington -- Viola Milton of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, will speak on the role of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in fighting HIV/AIDS. This lecture is presented by the IU Department of Communication and Culture as part of their Colloquia and Lecture Series. For more information, contact Carolyn Calloway-Thomas at or go to

"Turkey and U.S. Partnership for Peace and Democracy"
March 25, 7 p.m., Ballantine Hall 013, IU Bloomington -- His Excellency Faruk Logoglu, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, will present this lecture. His visit is sponsored by Indiana University's Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair. A reception follows the lecture. For more information, contact

"Speaking Truth to Power: Ethical Decision-Making in Today's Workplace"
March 28, 7:30 p.m., Woodburn 100, IU Bloomington
"Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security"
March 29, 10 a.m., Woodburn 100, IU Bloomington -- Coleen Rowley, one of three Time magazine Persons of the Year in 2002, will give two lectures at IU, the first, "Speaking Truth to Power: Ethical Decision-Making in Today's Workplace," on March 28 and the second, "Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security," on March 29. Rowley was the FBI agent who wrote the 2002 memo on the failings of the agency before the events of 9/11. Her memo is credited with contributing to the reorganization of the agency and the formation of the 9/11 Commission. These lectures are sponsored by IU's Hutton Honors College and several other units. For more information, contact Christine Barbour at

"A Philosophy of Childhood"
March 31, 4 p.m., Swain Hall East 105, IU Bloomington -- Gareth B. Matthews, Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, believes children can be philosophers -- sometimes even better philosophers than adults who are stuck in a particular pattern. Matthews will approach the subject from a different angle and discuss "A Philosophy of Childhood." His presentation is the first of the lectures this spring on the ethics and politics of childhood, presented by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions as part of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows Program at the Poynter Center. For more information, contact Glenda Murray at