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Today: Nick Confessore Lecture In Davis

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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This is Nick. Say hello.

One of the perks of getting the New York Times on this campus, besides the Monday crossword puzzle, is the selection of speakers. Today in Davis at 5pm, Nick Confessore, a NYT political writer, is speaking.

Mr. Confessore led the paper’s coverage of super PACs, campaign finance issues, and political fundraising during the 2012 presidential campaign. Previously, he wrote about New York state politics and government for the Metropolitan Desk. He has also worked in the Brooklyn and City Hall bureaus of The Times.

Before joining The Times in 2004, Mr. Confessore was an editor at The Washington Monthly and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He began his career as a staff writer at The American Prospect.

It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Nick Confessore, Davis Auditorium, 5pm

Prof. Pfitzer To Deliver Moseley Lecture

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Don't you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice catch with this man?

Don’t you just wanna go out in the backyard and have a nice, quality, Americana catch with this man?

Skidmore’s annual Moseley Lecture is the highest honor a professor can be bestowed by his colleagues. This year’s lecturer is American Studies professor and all around really fucking kind and thoughtful human being, Gregory Pfitzer. The title of his lecture is “The Unpopularity of Popular History': A Scholar’s Pursuit of Non-Scholarly Things” and it will take place in Gannett Auditorium tomorrow, February 26th at 8pm.

Here’s the description a la Beau Breslin:

What is “popular history” and how does it differ from the kind of history pursued typically in academic institutions? This lecture distinguishes between popular history (vernacular approaches to the past offered by journalists, fiction writers, pictorial artists and untrained public figures) and professional history (as written and practiced by trained academicians employed by colleges and universities). It focuses on the efforts of popularizers to expand the scope and cultural relevance of historical studies and on the criticisms they received from scholars for trying to do so. Professor Pfitzer considers how popular history influenced public discourse and behavior in the United States during the nineteenth century, concentrating on the ways in which collaborative interactions among publishers, writers and illustrators of non-scholarly, popular books influenced the emergence of an American historical imagination.

 

Lecture: Secret Sharing Among Mathematicians

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

If you like riddles and math, you might want to check out this thing in Harder (a building I have entered a grand total of three times) tomorrow night. Dr. Jennifer Taback of Bowdoin College will deliver a lecture titled “Secret Sharing Among Mathematicians.”

Here’s the Skid Prop:

Suppose you manage the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and hold the combination to a safe containing millions, billions or perhaps even trillions of dollars (who really knows, after all!). You have n people working under you, and on any given day, k of them are at work. You can’t trust any with the entire combination to the safe, but require that any set of k of these people are able to open the safe together. How can this be done? Mathematics comes to the rescue, and I will discuss two solutions to the “Bank Teller Problem.” One solution is classical, and very adaptable to other situations. The other is less so, but very, very clever.

Sounds like a cool talk in the vein of Will Shortz playing games with us, BUT I DON’T DO MATH ANYMORE!!!!!!!!

Thursday March 7, 6pm @ Harder 203

Lecture: Global Food Security

Monday, November 12th, 2012

What you get when you google “global food security”

Tonight, lecturer Susan Bragdon will deliver a talk on global food security, titled “Who Owns What You Eat: Why the Use and Control of Biological Diversity Matters to Global Food Security.” That’s quite a mouthful (NO PUN INTENDED).

Bragdon is an expert on international law, agriculture, conservation, biotechnology, and other things that ES majors like talking about. As a consultant and patent attorney, she specializes in international sustainability initiatives and “plant genetic resources law.”

Last April, Bragdon was appointed executive director of Seeds for All, a non-profit fighting for “inclusive intellectual property rights and policy development in the area of agricultural innovation to strengthen food security and alleviate poverty.” Adjectives!

Monday November 12, 7pm @ Emerson

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Guy Who Walked Across the Country to Speak

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Forrest-hoefel and followers

If you’re a senior, you’re either scratching your eyeballs out trying to get a job, or you’re hiding under the covers, hoping and praying that this GIANT PROBLEM will just GO AWAY. Well, if you’re Andrew Forsthoefel (what a name!), instead of doing either of those things, you walk across the country because why the fuck not?

Forsthoefel spent months traveling around the United States, meeting people, and having experiences that were probably life-changing, and he maintained a blog the entire time. Tonight, he’ll be talking about his journey in Gannett.

On a sidenote, I re-watched every episode of The Larry Sanders Show this summer, and I’ll be giving my own lecture on the trials and triumphs I experienced, and all the inspiring figures I met along the way.

Thursday October 25, 7:10pm @ Gannett 

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Lecture on History of Caffè Lena

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Folk musician and noted T&L hater/asshole Don McLean performs at Caffè Lena

On Wednesday, Skidmore grad and founder of the Caffè Lena History Project, Jocelyn Arem, will speak about her role in preserving the legacy of “America’s oldest continually running folk music coffeehouse.”*

In 2003, with the help of Skidmore’s President’s Discretionary Grant, Arem set out to compile the first oral history of Caffè Lena. The CLHP developed this research into exhibits celebrating the 45th and 50th anniversaries of the venue in 2005 and 2010.

Since then, the project has received funding from Skidmore College, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, the New York Humanities Council, the Library of Congress Parsons Fund, the Puffin Foundation, the Sparkplug Foundation, and the Society for American Music.

*Seems debatable.
Wednesday October 10, 5:15pm @ Davis

Improvising the Self in Homer’s Odyssey

Monday, October 8th, 2012

A young Odysseus

Tomorrow, the Classics Department will be presenting a lecture by Prof. Carol Dougherty of Wellesley College titled “Improvising the Self in Homer’s Odyssey.” Dougherty appraises Odysseus as a Zelig-like chameleon, which in turn translates to “a kind of improvisatory spirit at the thematic level of the poem, one that is particularly well suited to the turbulent period of the Homeric poems.” TOTALLY LIBERAL ARTS.

“Instead of approaching Odysseus’ disguises and ‘lying tales’ in the second half of the poem as a departure from his true self, Prof. Dougherty will argue that Odysseus improvises new identities for himself as part of the process of negotiating his return home.”

Dougherty has published extensively on ancient Athens, Greek poetry and drama, and classical mythology.

Tuesday October 9, 5:30pm @ Davis

ES Keynote: “Restor(y)ing America’s Environmental Past and Present”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Dr. Lauret Savoy

This Thursday, Mount Holyoke professor Lauret Savoy will deliver the annual Environmental Studies Program’s keynote address, titled “Restor(y)ing America’s Environmental Past and Present.”

Dr. Savoy is a scientist, professor, writer, photographer, and pilot, whose work considers “how the braided strands of human history and geologic-natural history contribute to the stories we tell of the land’s origin and history and to stories we tell of ourselves in the land and of relational identity.” Her new book, The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions, 2011, co-edited with Alison Hawthorne Deming) has received wide praise. She also co-edited Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology, which was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s five best science books in 2006.

Before the talk begins, various local and community environmental organizations will staff information tables in the Palamountain Lobby.

Thursday, September 27 in Gannett @ 8pm

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Constitution Lecture

Monday, September 24th, 2012

SOCIALISM

Tonight, Notre Dame professor and writer Michael Zukert is scheduled to deliver a lecture titled “Completing the Constitution: The 14th Amendment,” as part of Constitution Day (which was actually last week but who’s keeping track).

Ratified in response to the Civil War, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the definition of citizenship, due process, and equal protection, to include all people born in the United States. Various scholars interpret the 14th Amendment as either “completing” the original vision the Founding Fathers of the Constitution or radically altering it.

According to Skidmore propaganda:

Zuckert is a specialist in the fields of political theory and Constitutional studies. He has published extensively on a variety of topics, including George Orwell, Plato, Shakespeare, and contemporary liberal theory. He is currently finishing a book called Completing the Constitution: The Post-Civil War Amendments and is co-writing another book on Machiavelli and Shakespeare. In addition, he has been commissioned to write the volume on John Rawls for a series on 20th-century political pvhilosophy. He co-authored and co-produced public radio series Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine-Part Drama for the Radio. He also was senior scholar for Liberty! (1997), a six hour public television series on the American Revolution, and served as senior advisor on the PBS series on Benjamin Franklin (2002) and Alexander Hamilton (2007). He is currently head of the new Tocqueville Center for the Study of Religion in American Public Life at Notre Dame.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Government as part of the Tang’s ongoing We the People exhibit, a multidisciplinary project which examines how citizens view and interact with the Constitution.

Monday, September 24 in the Tang @ 5pm

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to Speak

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Imam Rauf

Tomorrow, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will be speaking on campus. The topic of the lecture is “Advancing Peaceful Coexistence Between Christians, Jews, and Muslims.”

Rauf is an author and peace advocate who studies the key role that religion plays in seeking solutions to conflicts in the Middle East. As a leader of the Cordoba Initiative, Rauf spearheaded the proposed Park51 Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, which caused a silly season tempest in 2010 after opponents claimed the mosque was “too close” to Ground Zero.

According to Skidmore propaganda:

“On the practical front, Imam Feisal has dedicated the Cordoba Initiative to the promulgation of innovative solutions to conflicts in the Middle East in which he sees a large role for the religious communities. Principally, he challenges American Muslims to become leaders in a world-wide Islamic movement to reclaim the Quran in support of modern, moderate, just, open, and egalitarian societies. But he has also challenged Christianity and Judaism to take peacemaking roles as well by delivering justice not religion. The interfaith nature of his concerns underlies his vision to create Cordoba House, a center along the lines of the 92nd Street Y or the Jewish Community Center in NYC.”

Rauf has received numerous awards, and has been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of Foreign Policy‘s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010. If anything, he is a somewhat controversial figure speaking on an issue that is endlessly fascinating. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 22 in Filene @ 7:30pm

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