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The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

April 23, 20145:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

Please join us as Dr. Kivland explores the relationship between street gangs, grassroots community politics, the state, and international development and aid organizations in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:00 pm VAC Beam Sponsored by: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund.

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Gene by environment interaction and the genomic basis of local adaptation in plants

April 24, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Gene by environment interaction and the genomic basis of local adaptation in plants

Gene by environment interaction and the genomic basis of local adaptation in plants

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Hawaiian Hip Hop, Drag Queens, and the Refusal of Aloha

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 208

Hawaiian Hip Hop, Drag Queens, and the Refusal of Aloha

In Hawai'i, the spirit of aloha is pervasive, and it is mobilized to sell everything from hula skirts to fantasies of diversity to plumbing to same-sex marriage. Loosely defined as love, aloha is frequently used as a greeting and moniker of Hawaiianness. Native Hawaiians deeply believe in aloha and perform it because we believe that aloha connects us to our ancestors. This talk will explore the historical and theoretical framing of aloha's ideological significance for the state of Hawai'i and for Native Hawaiians.

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Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

Presented by Michael Herzfeld, Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, and Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. Sponsored by The Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

Navarana is an Inughuit elder from the northern district of Greenland. In the 1860s, her ancestor led a legendary Inuit migration to Greenland. More than 150 years later, Navarana connects with distant cousins and explores these two isolated groups.

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Matthew W. Wilson Lecture: Quantified Self-City-Nation: Digital Systems for Attentional Control

April 28, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Matthew W. Wilson Lecture: Quantified Self-City-Nation: Digital Systems for Attentional Control

Matthew Wilson's presentation draws parallels between the rising consumer-electronic sector associated with personal activity monitors and the rapid visioning of smart urbanism. He interrogates developments in interoperability and propriety, competition and habit, fashion and surveillance. He addresses the social-cultural and political implications for this refiguring of spatial thought and action as well as the capacities reinforced and developed through the implementation of these technologies and techniques. Matthew Wilson is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he co-directs the New Mapping Collaboratory. Matt holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington. His website is http://matthew-w-wilson.com.

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Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

April 28, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

with China's Outspoken Queer Activist Cui Zien

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"What Does Neuroscience Teach us About Free Will?" with Daniel Dennett

April 29, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

"What Does Neuroscience Teach us About Free Will?" with Daniel Dennett

A number of distinguished neuroscientists have recently been declaring that their science shows that free will is an illusion. It turns out that what they mean by this is something quite trivial, having almost nothing to do with whether or not we can be morally responsible choosers of our actions--but some of them think otherwise. Exposing the confusions in their thinking is a good job for philosophers. Please join us for this free lecture Tuesday, April 29th 4:00 pm Druckenmiller Hall 016 Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy with support from the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience.

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The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

April 30, 20144:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, at the Smithsonian Institution will discuss objects in the Smithsonian's collections, such as the Star-Spangled Banner, Lincoln's hat, Bell's telephone, Armstrong's trumpet, Warhol's Marilyn Monroe, and even the National Zoo's pandas to weave an engaging history of our nation.

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How to maintain a variable brain

May 1, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

How to maintain a variable brain

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Spindel Lecture: 'Culture and Barbarism: Nazi Art Plundering and the Restitution Field Moving Forward'

May 1, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Spindel Lecture: 'Culture and Barbarism: Nazi Art Plundering and the Restitution Field Moving Forward'

Jonathan Petropoulos is an international authority on Nazi art theft. He is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College and is author of several books, including The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany and the forthcoming Artists Under Hitler: The Power of Seduction and the Fate of Modernism in Nazi Germany.

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Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

May 2, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

Dana Renga, Assistant Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, will discuss the ways in which the conventions of melodrama shape the mafia movie, focusing in particular on the Italian box-office hit Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005).

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