2013–14 Lecture Series

Speakers hosted by A&S departments cover a wide range of topics, from polar ecosystems to time travel

Baba Brinkman on stage

Canadian rapper/writer/scholar Baba Brinkman will perform at UA on October 10.

Global warming’s impact on Antarctica. The experience of being young and black in civil rights-era Alabama. The possibility of time travel. Hip-hop and religion — and a rap guide to evolution.

This year, departments in the College of Arts and Sciences are offering lectures and performances on everything from tectonics and geophysics to the oral history of southern America.

Series sponsored by the departments of geological sciences, biological sciences, psychology, and anthropology examine current issues in the natural sciences. American studies, New College, art, and other departments explore what it meant to be African-American during the U.S. civil rights movement and contribute to the national and regional dialog on race.

One of the College’s youngest series, the Day Lecture, aims to change the way students approach religion and invite them to think critically about the subject. Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies, the Day Lecture was created in honor of Zachary Daniel Day, a UA graduate who died unexpectedly in 2011.

“Those in attendance at [Day Lectures] will get a sense of what kinds of discussions are happening among scholars who work at the intersection of religion and popular culture — whether music, film, video games or otherwise,” said Merinda Simmons, a religious studies professor who helped organize the October 1 lecture.

Monica Miller was the speaker for the 2013 Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Lecture Series.

Monica Miller was the speaker for the 2013 Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Lecture Series.

This year’s Day lecturer, Professor Monica Miller of Lehigh University, spoke about the relationship between pop culture, hip-hop and religion.

The first installment in the Alabama’s Lecture on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) series brings rapper, writer, and scholar Baba Brinkman to campus. As purveyor of “the world’s first-ever peer-reviewed rap,” Brinkman consults scientists about the accuracy of his rhymes on natural selection, evolutionary psychology, and sexual selection. The result is clever and informative; learn more about Brinkman and his October 10 performance.

The month-by-month listing on this page offers a snapshot of lectures already scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year; check back regularly for additions and updates.

September 2013

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September 18
Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change
Constance Curry and Doris Derby
“Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women of the SNCC”
7:00 p.m., Gorgas 205

Constance Curry and Doris Derby, who will speak about their experiences in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The public is invited. There is no charge for the event. A book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Department of American Studies.

September 18
“Growing up in Segregated Alabama”
Dr. Wilbur Rich
2:00 p.m., Ferguson Forum

Dr. Wilbur Rich, a noted political scientist, will tell of his life as a young person in Montgomery, Ala., during the civil rights era and will discuss African-American participation since that time. . This lecture is a part of the ‘Through the Doors’ series, a group of events taking place throughout the year designed to honor the desegregation of UA in 1963 and celebrate the progress made by the University since then.

September 26
Summersell Series
“Southern Voices, Digital Spaces: Oral History at the Southern Oral History Program”
Seth Kotch, Digital Projects Director, Southern Oral History Program, Center for the Study of the American South, UNC Chapel Hill
4:00 p.m., AIME 110

September 27
Friday Lecture Series
Tectonics and Geographics
Estella Atekwana, Oklahoma State University
3:30-4:30 p.m., AIME 110

Estella Atekwana of Oklahoma State University will speak on tectonics and geographics as a part of the Geological Sciences Friday Lecture Series. Every Friday, the Department of Geological Sciences offers lectures given by top researchers and professors in the field. For more information, visit http://geo.ua.edu/events/.

September 30
Summersell Series
Emancipation from Below: The Jubilee of US Slaves and Freedom for All
David Roediger, Professor of History and African American Studies, University of Illinois
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October 2013

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October 1
The Day Lecture
“Picasso, Baby! Art and the Making of New Black Gods in Hip Hop”
Monica Miller, Lehigh University
7:00 p.m., Gorgas Library

Professor Monica Miller of Lehigh University will lecture on the relationship between pop culture, hip hop, and religion. Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies. For more information, visit http://rel.as.ua.edu/daylecture.html.

October 3
The Darden Lecture
“Lost Antarctica: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula”
James McClintock, UAB
6:00 p.m., 127 Biology Building

A professor of polar and marine biology at UAB, McClintock will discuss the consequences of global climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula, which is considered by many to be the most rapidly warming region on the planet. Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences.

October 10
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE)
“Rap Guide to Evolution”
Baba Brinkman
7:30 p.m., 127 Biology Building

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, award-winning playwright, and former tree-planter who has personally planted more than one million trees. His “Rap Guide to Evolution” has won numerous awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination, and was featured on The Rachel Maddow Show and at the Seattle Science Festival opening for Stephen Hawking. This event is a part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

October 10
Bankhead Visiting Writers
Cole Swensen and Eric LeMay
7:30 p.m., 205 Smith

Cole Swenson is the author of 14 volumes of poetry and one of critical essays. Co-editor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid, she’s been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the PEN USA Translation Award, among others. Eric Lemay is the author of Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese (Free Press, 2010), The One in the Many (Zoo Press, 2003). He serves as web editor for Alimentum: The Literature of Food. Books, as well as keepsake broadsides of the authors’ work made by UA’s Book Arts program, will be available at the readings. Audio podcasts of past Bankhead readings can be found on iTunes U. Hosted by the Department of English. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/grad/cw/visitors.

October 11
Friday Lecture Series
Paleoceanography
Adina Paytan, University of California at Santa Cruz
3:30-4:30 p.m., 110 AIME

Adina Paytan of the University of California at Santa Cruz will speak on paleoceanography as a part of the Geological Sciences Friday Lecture Series. Every Friday, the Department of Geological Sciences offers lectures given by top researchers and professors in the field. For more information, visit http://geo.ua.edu/events/.

October 14
Summersell Series
“The South as a National and Global Problem”
Natalie Ring, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Dallas
5:30 p.m., Summersell Room, ten Hoor Hall (second floor)

Natalie Ring is the author of The Problem South: Region, Empire, and the New Liberal State, 1880-1930. This lecture is being offered by the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. For more information visit, scss.ua.edu.

October 18
Friday Lecture Series
“The Asian Monsoon and its links to Cenozoic Orogenesis and Global Climate Change”
Peter Clift, Louisiana State University
3:30-4:30 p.m., AIME 110

Every Friday, the Department of Geological Sciences  offers lectures given by top researchers and professors in the field. Dr. Peter Clift, an IODP (integrated ocean drilling program) distinguished speaker will give a talk on “The Asian Monsoon and its links to Cenozoic Orogenesis and Global Climate Change.”

October 24
Helen Crow Mills and John Carroll Mills Lecture Series
“Cybersecurity or Cyberthreat? Balancing Human Rights and Economic Growth in our Virtual World”
Gary Fowlie, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to the United Nations
11 a.m., Farrah 120

Gary Fowlie, a UA alumnus an expert on cybersecurity, will address how the Internet is rewriting the relationship between individuals and their governments. According to Fowlie, the internet and its associated technologies is rapidly changing the face of diplomacy, security and economic development. In his lecture, he will discuss how people can have secure access to global cyber commons, while respecting the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Mills lectureship was endowed in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences by Mrs. Helen Crow Mills Pittman and the late Dr. John Mills of Birmingham to bring successful and distinguished alumni and citizens to campus to speak as a way to motivate and inspire students.

October 29
Philosophy Today Series
“Is Time Travel Possible?”
Ned Markosian, Western Washington University
7:30 p.m., 205 Smith Hall

This lecture is about the possibility of time travel to the past. Markosian will first distinguish between the two leading theories about the nature of time, the Static Theory of Time and the Dynamic Theory of Time, then argue that on the Dynamic Theory, time travel to the past is not possible. He will also consider the question of what we are thinking about when we seem to be thinking about time travel to the past, given that such travel is not possible. Part of the Philosophy Today lecture series. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

October 30
Bankhead Visiting Writers in Collaboration with the Sonic Frontiers Concert Series
Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodard, UNCANNY VALLEY
7:30 p.m., Moody School of Music
“Uncanny Valley” features a performance of poet Jon Woodward’s serial poem with music by composer John Gibson. Gibson provides a sonic environment for Woodward’s poetry, performed by pianist Oni Buchanan, that reflects the poem’s text in ever­changing ways. Digital samples triggered by the reader enmesh the piano and spoken text with echoes of itself. Sonic Frontiers performances are presented by  New College. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/grad/cw/visitors and www.sonicfrontiers.ua.edu.[/dropdown_box]

 

November 2013

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November 5
Summersell Series
Margaret Wrinkle
5:30–7:30 p.m., Dinah Washington Gallery

Artist and writer Margaret Wrinkle will speak about her latest novel, “Wash,” and a photography exhibit based on that novel. The exhibit will be on display in the Dinah Washington Gallery through November 15. For more information, visit scss.ua.edu.

November 7
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution
“The Consuming Instinct”
Gad Saad
7:30 p.m., Biology Building 127

Gad Saad, a professor of marketing at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and the holder of the Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption, will lecture on the Consuming Instinct of human nature. Dr. Saad has authored two books and published more than seventy scientific papers. This event is a part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

November 7
Bankhead Visiting Writers
Timothy Donnelly
7:30 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery

The Bankhead Visiting Writers Series brings emerging as well as internationally renowned writers to the University of Alabama campus to read from their work. Books, as well as keepsake broadsides of the authors’ work made by UA’s Book Arts program, will be available at the readings. Audio podcasts of past Bankhead readings can be found on iTunes U. Hosted by the UA Department of English. For more information, visit english.ua.edu/grad/cw/bankhead.

November 7
Summersell Series
Randy Roberts, Distinguished Professor of History, Purdue University
6:00 p.m., Gorgas 205

Roberts will speak about his most recent book, “Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie’s Last Quarter.” For more information, visit scss.ua.edu.

November 14
Philosophy Today Series
“Do We See Less Than We Think We See?”
Ned Block, New York University
7:30 p.m., 205 Smith Hall

Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. The presentations are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

November 15
“Holocene Record of Human Influence on Soil Erosion and Sedimentation in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca, Mexico”
Dr. David Leigh, University of Georgia
12:00 p.m., Farrah 120

This lecture is offered by the Department of Geography.

November 15
Friday Lecture Series
Biogeochemistry
Peter Raymond, Yale University
3:30-4:30 p.m., 110 AIME

Peter Raymond of the Yale University will speak on biogeochemistry as a part of the Geological Sciences Friday Lecture Series. Every Friday, the Department of Geological Sciences offers lectures given by top researchers and professors in the field. For more information, visit http://geo.ua.edu/events/.

November 15
The Annual Michael Dinoff Memorial Lecture
“Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Field Guide for Evaluating Extraordinary Claims”
Dr. Scott Lillianfield
6:00 p.m., 208 Gordon Palmer

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January 2014

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January 9
Philosophy Today Series
“Consciousness, the Brain and the Soul”
John Searle, The University of California at Berkeley
7:30 p.m., 30 ten Hoor Hall

Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. The presentations are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

January 16
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution
“Global Cooling by Grassland Soils in the Geological Past and Near Future”
Gregory Retallack
7:30 p.m., Biology Building 127

Dr. Gregory Retallack will discuss global cooling by grassland soils in the geological past and near future. He has published ten books and 230 papers and has been recognized by the Stillwell Award of the Geological Society of Australia, the Antarctic service medal of the US National Science Foundation, and Fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This event is a part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

January 24
The Annual Harold Basowitz Memorial Lecture
Topic TBA
Dr. John Cacioppo
Time and Location TBA

This lecture is presented by the psychology department. For more information, visit psychology.ua.edu.

January 30
Bankhead Visiting Writers
Mathias Syalina and Joanna Ruocco
7:30 p.m., Location TBA

Mathias Svalina is the author of one book of prose, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur, & two books of poetry, Destruction Myth & The Explosions. Joanna Ruocco is the author of Man’s Companions, published by Tarpaulin Sky Press, as well as A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press) and the novel The Mothering Coven (Ellipsis Press). Winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, judged by Ben Marcus, Joanna’s forthcoming book from FC2 is Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith-A Diptych. Joanna co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal. The Bankhead Visiting Writers Series brings emerging as well as internationally renowned writers to the University of Alabama campus to read from their work. Books, as well as keepsake broadsides of the authors’ work made by UA’s Book Arts program, will be available at the readings. Audio podcasts of past Bankhead readings can be found on iTunes U. Hosted by the Department of English. For more information, visit english.ua.edu/grad/cw/bankhead.[/dropdown_box]

 

February 2014

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February 13
Strode Lecture
“William Hazlitt’s Dissenting Memory: Criticism, History, Revolution”
Kevin Gilmartin, Caltech
5:00 p.m., 301 Morgan Hall

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

February 13
PhD Research Seminar
“Frataxin Stimulates Fe/S Cluster Biosynthesis”
Yu Wang, University of Alabama
12:45 p.m., 1093 Shelby Hall

This event is offered by the chemistry department and is geared toward chemistry students. For more information, visit http://chemistry.ua.edu/event/yu-wang/.

February 17
Strode Lecture
“Shakespeare Adapted: A Reading of Paint and the Turquoise Ring”
Grace Tiffany, Western Michigan University
5:00 p.m., Morgan Hall 301

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

February 19
“Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity”
Dr. Craig Prentiss, Rockhurst University
11:00 a.m., 210 Manly Hall

This event is offered by the religious studies department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://rel.as.ua.edu/events.html.

February 20
Philosophy Today Series
“The Problem of Free Will and Moral Responsibility”
Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA
7:30 p.m., 205 Smith Hall

Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. The presentations are free and open to the public. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

February 20
Bankhead Visiting Writers
Keetje Kuipers and Bill Roorbach
7:30 p.m., University Club

Bankhead Visiting Writers brings up-and-coming authors to share their work with UA students. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the English department. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

February 21
Materials for Information Technology Seminar
Alan Lane
2:00 p.m., 2006 Bevill Building

This event is offered by the physics and astronomy department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.mint.ua.edu/category/events/seminar/.

February 27
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE)
“African Evolutionary Genomics: Implications for Human Origins and Disease”
Dr. Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania
7:30 p.m., Biology Auditorium

Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, holding appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. She studies genomic and phenotypic variation in ethnically diverse Africans. This event is a part of the Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

February 28
Kathryn Stockett, Author of The Help
The Story Behind The Help
3:00-4:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

University of Alabama alumna and New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Stockett will tell the story behind her award-winning book. Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York City to get into publishing after graduating from UA with a degree in English and creative writing. The Help is her only novel and was made into a major motion picture in 2011. Following the lecture, Stockett will sign copies of The Help for a brief period in the lobby of the Moody Music Building Concert Hall.

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March 2014

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March 3
Strode Reading
Jean Hegland
5:00 p.m., 301 Morgan Hall

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

March 4
Aronov Lecture
“From Mysticism to Spirituality: Colonial Legacies and the Reformulation of ‘the Mystic East'”
Professor Richard King, University of Kent, UK
7:00 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library

The Aronov Lecture Series was founded with the goal of introducing the University community to a nationally recognized scholar of religion who is capable of reflecting on issues of wide relevance to scholars from across the humanities and social sciences. More information on Professor King’s lecture will be released as it becomes available. Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies. For more information, visit https://religion.ua.edu/about-us/lectures-and-events/aronov-lecture/.

March 5
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Petticoat Politics: The Life and Legacy of Lurleen Wallace AND Sororities and Subordination: Narratives of Critiques
Laura Merrifield Sojka and Lindsey Smith, Doctoral Students in Political Science
12:00 p.m., 203 Garland

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s Resource Center, the Women’s  Studies Program and the Department of Gender and Race Studies. Fore more information, call 205-348-5040 or visit wrc.ua.edu/.

March 7
MFA Reading
Alex Chisum and Greg Houser
7:00 p.m., Green Bar (downtown)

MFA readings are free and open to the public and presented by the English department. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

March 11
Spanish Movie Night
“Tesis Sobre un Homicidio”
6:30 p.m., 203 B.B. Comer Hall

Join the Department of Modern Languages and Classics for a fun Spanish movie night! The movie will be “Tesis Sobre un Homicidio,” from Argentina directed by Hernan Golfrid. For more information, contact Karina Vazquez at kewazquez@bama.ua.edu.

March 13
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution
“Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘Species Notebook’ of 1855-1859”
Dr. James Costa, Western Carolina University
7:30 p.m., Biology Auditorium

Dr. Costa is executive director of the Highlands Biological Station and professor of biology at Western Carolina University. His studies have focused on insects’ social behavior from the Appalachian Mountains to Latin America to Europe. His talk will focus on the naturalist Alfred Wallace’s theories pertaining to the natural world, specifically his work that paralleled Charles Darwin’s. The ALLELE series is presented by the departments of anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, communicative disorders, geological sciences, philosophy, physics and astronomy, and religious studies. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

March 17
Strode Lecture
Natasha Hurley, University of Alberta
5:00 p.m., 301 Morgan Hall

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

March 21
Open House
Department of Communicative Disorders
9:00 a.m., Speech and Hearing Center

The Department of Communicative Disorders will be hosting an Open House for prospective undergraduate students and students who wish to learn more about this major. This will be a great opportunity for interested students to come and tour the facilities and in house clinic as well as talk with faculty members and clinical supervisors. For more information, contact the Communicative Disorders office at (205) 348-7131.

March 21
Materials for Information Technology Seminar
Rainer Schad
2:00 p.m., 2006 Bevill Building

This event is offered by the physics and astronomy department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.mint.ua.edu/category/events/seminar/.

March 21
MFA Reading
Annie Agnone and Emma Furman
7:00 p.m., Green Bar (downtown)

MFA readings are free and open to the public and presented by the English department. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

March 27
Materials for Information Technology Seminar
Dr. Greg Szulczewski
2:00 p.m., 2006 Bevill Building

This event is offered by the physics and astronomy department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.mint.ua.edu/category/events/seminar/.

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April 2014

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April 2
Strode Reading
Mary Bly, Fordham University
5:00 p.m., 301 Morgan Hall

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

April 2
Brown Bag Lecture Series
From Foster Care to Sex Trafficking AND Childhood Unprotected: HIV Risk Among African American Female Teens
Jameka Hartley, LCSW, MPH, and Martina Thomas
12:00 p.m., 115 Woods

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is presented by the Women’s Resource Center, the Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Gender and Race Studies. Fore more information, call (205) 348-5040 or visit wrc.ua.edu/.

April 10
Strode Reading/ Bankhead Reading
Valerie Miner and Rick Moody
7:30 p.m., Jemison-Van de Graff Mansion

Strode lectures and readings are presented by the English department. Presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://english.ua.edu/life/events/.

April 10
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution
“A Universe from Nothing: Cosmic Evolution, Natural Selection and How to Get Something from Nothing”
Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University
7:30 p.m., Biology Auditorium

Krauss is a renowned cosmologist and science popularizer, and is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Hailed by Scientific American as a rare public intellectual, he is also the author of more than three hundred scientific publications and nine books, including the international bestseller, The Physics of Star Trek, and his most recent bestseller entitled A Universe from Nothing, now being translated into 20 languages. This event is the last of the 2014 Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution Series. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ALLELEseries.

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