Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lehigh Grad Student Announceme​nts and Events

In my spare time between authoring this blog, working full time and keeping up with Stella pup's running schedule, I am a part-time graduate student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. I receive at least one email every day from the university, sharing Announceme​nts and Events on campus. Often, the email mentions that the events are open to the public, although I doubt that they are publicized widely. Yesterday's email included a few upcoming events that seemed worth sharing. If you aren't sure where the buildings are located, check out this campus map. All events are free and open to the public.

The region's colleges and universities offer a variety of free and ticketed events, from performances to lectures to festivals, year-round. I'll make an effort to share some of the other schools' events in future posts.

  • HUMANITIES CENTER - EXCESS LECTURE SERIES LOIS PARKINSON ZAMORA - Professor of English, History, and Art, University of Houston Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:10pm - *Maginnes Hall, Room 102* EXHUBERANCE BY DESIGN: NEW WORLD BAROQUE AND THE POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALITY. "Excess is not excessive, you see, if it's been conceived on principle." ~Edmund Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac In the 17th and 18th centuries, the New World Baroque was conceived and implemented in the service of European conquest and conversion. Over the past few decades, however, it has become a principle of counterconquest, a sign of the cultural convergences and energies of Indo-Afro-Ibero-America. Professor Zamora will trace this evolution and show how the New World Baroque now encodes postcolonial purposes in much of Latin America. Lois Parkinson Zamora is the author of The Inordinate Eye: New World Baroque and Latin American Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 2006), a comparative study of New World Baroque art, architecture and literature. Her previous books include Writing the Apocalypse (Cambridge UP, 1989) and The Usable Past (Cambridge UP 1997), both of which examine the nature of historical imagination and its representations in contemporary U.S. and Latin American fiction. Her most recent publication is an edited anthology of essays on the New World Baroque, co-edited with Monika Kaup, titled Baroque New Worlds: Representation, Transculturation, Counterconquest (Duke UP, 2010). Co-sponsored with Latin American Studies, English and Art, Architecture, and Design - Email or call 610-758-4649 for more information.

  • The Richard O. and Cindy F. Connell Lecture Series Prof. George M. Marsden will present his lecture "How Otherworldly Fundamentalism Became a Political Power," on Wednesday, March 30th, at 8:00 PM, in Sinclair Auditorium. Much of the new religious right that arose beginning in the late 1970s was built on a Protestant fundamentalist base. Yet American fundamentalism through most of the 20th century had generally avoided organized political involvement. They had instead emphasized personal salvation and the return of Jesus to set up his kingdom on earth. This lecture will describe the factors involved in this remarkable transformation that remains important for understanding aspects of the current American political scene. Prof. Marsden received his Ph.D. from Yale University, taught history at Calvin College, was Professor of the History of Christianity in America at the Divinity School of Duke University, and was the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 610-758-3353 or email.

  • FAZLUR R. KHAN DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Sponsored by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Art & Architecture, honors Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan's legacy of excellence in structural engineering and architecture. The third 2011 lecture is as follows: Chris D. Poland, Chairman & CEO, Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco, CA - "Building Disaster Resilient Communities" Friday, April 8, 2011 - 4:10 pm Location: Sinclair Lab Auditorium, Lehigh University, 7 Asa Drive, Bethlehem, PA Building Disaster Resilient Communities: Healthy cities continuously grow by driving economic development while protecting their cultural heritage. Success, in part, depends on a healthy built environment that is rooted in contemporary urban planning, sustainability and disaster resilience. Our job, as design professionals, is to provide a built environment that supports all of those goals. Our designs need to be efficient, economical, adaptive, sustainable, and disaster resilient, regardless of which disaster strikes. We are doing well on all fronts except for the last. We need to develop, and have added to the code, provisions that will provide the buildings and lifelines needed to support disaster resilience. Resilient communities have a credible disaster response plan that assures a place and ability to govern after a disaster has struck. While making the shift to updated codes requires new policies and community support, that change is not possible without solid, unified support from the science, architecture and engineering communities that support design. We need to take the time to understand this issue, join the conversation about how to achieve resiliency, build it into our research programs, convince our owners to incorporate it in their projects, and be a part of the common voice from our profession on how to change the codes. If you would like additional information about the Khan Distinguished Lecture Series please visit the web site or email Leslie J. Ladick or call 610-758-6123. This lecture is free and open to the public.

  • STEPS Dedication: Join the party as Lehigh celebrates the dedication of STEPS, its new facility for Science, Technology, Environment, Policy, and Society. An open house and self-guided tours begin at 5:00 p.m., immediately following the Academic Symposium. A short ceremony will be held at 5:45 p.m. to recognize the individuals and organizations who brought the project to life. Refreshments will be served! RSVP online. Contact University Events at 610-758-3898 or email for more information.

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