Events for March 2006
What China Will Want: The Future Intentions of a Rising Power3/29/06 - U.Va Politics Professor Jeffrey Legro shares his thoughts on the political goals of China with the International Relations Organization. Legro is the author of Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order.
Professors, Author Akhil Amar Critique America3/29/06 - The Constitution was far more democratic, slavocratic, geostrategically motivated, and unfinished at its inception than contemporary wisdom often suggests, Yale Law School Professor Akhil Amar explained during a panel discussion of his most recent book, America
America's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century3/28/06 - Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot now serves as president of the Brookings Institution. He spoke at a joint forum of the Miller Center and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Virginia about what non-partisan institutions can offer to the nation. He's introduced by Diplomat Scholar Michael Krepon
Afterwords: A Poetry Reading3/25/06 - Spiritual and mystical meditations on love, loss, and grief with poets Jane Hirshfield (After) and Gregory Orr (Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved). This event is sponsored by the U.Va Creative Writing Department and the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Independent Media in a Time of War: Amy Goodman3/24/06 - Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now" and author of The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them. In this event from the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, Goodman critiques the commercial news media and discusses the importance independent media.
The War Within: Psychological Memoirs3/23/06 - A panel from the Virginia Festival of the Book featuring Poet Pamela Spiro Wagner and psychiatrist Carolyn Spiro (Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia) and war correspondent John Falk (Hello to All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace) in a discussion about their strengths and struggles dealing with mental illness. (Sponsored by the Mental Health Association and UVa Humanities in Medicine)
Festival Luncheon: Judith Viorst3/23/06 - The annual luncheon speaker for the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book is Judith Viorst, the author of I'm Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions and the children's classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.
U.Va. Professor Examines Technology and World History3/23/06 - Bernard Carlson discusses his seven-volume "World History and Technology."
U.Va. Professor Examines Technology and World History3/23/06 - Bernard Carlson talks about the relationship between kiwi fruit and globalization.
Former N.H. Governor Speaks to U.Va Students3/22/06 - Former Governor Jeanne Shaheen spoke to students in Larry Sabato's Introduction to American Politics. Shaheen is now the director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics. The event is part of the U.Va Center for Politics' National Symposium on Women in Politics.
Making History: John Hope Franklin and Rita Dove3/22/06 - John Hope Franklin (Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin) and Virginia Poet Laureate Rita Dove (American Smooth) reading from their works, followed by a conversation between them on personal and cultural history.
Transitioning from College to Professional: The Secrets of Success3/22/06 - How can new graduates prepare to enter the workforce with the confidence and skills necessary to launch their careers smoothly? Carter Hunter Hopkins, Ph.D., Director of Alumni Career Services, shares helpful hints about approaching your first job in ways that you will experience the most success possible, as well as strategies for avoiding the possible pitfalls that can sabotage a career from the very beginning.
Neglected Histories - Fascinating Tales3/22/06 - A panel of the Virginia Festival of the Book held at the Culbreth Theatre. Fintan O'Toole (White Savage: William Johnson and the Invention of America), Melvin Patrick Ely (Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War), and Lindsay Robertson (Conquest by Law: How The Discovery Of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples Of Their Land ).
Aviation Medicine in Ophthalmology - History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series3/22/06 - The Wright brothers ushered in the era of powered man flight just over a hundred years ago. As more accidents and fatalities resulted from increased air travel and combat, attempts were made to develop criteria for screening and selection of pilots. Dr. Newman will trace the history of the development of the importance of vision in aviation and provide insight into how theories are formulated and how bureaucracies often have a difficult time in changing standards and requirements.
Business Breakfast:: Patricia Aburdene3/22/06 - Patricia Aburdene was the featured speaker at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book Business Breakfast on Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Aburdene is the author of Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism. Listeners will be introduced to Aburdene's list of seven new trends that will transform how individuals work, live, and invest.
Free Speech and Islam: The Cartoon Controversy and the True Character of the Prophet3/20/06 - Are there limits to free speech, and if so, what kind of limits? The Imam Siraj Wahhaj of the Brooklyn's Masjid At-Taqwa weighs in on the recent uproar in the Muslim community regarding cartoons of the Islamic prophet. The event begins Islam Awareness Week at the University, a program of the Muslim Students' Association.
Public Service, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law3/18/06 - Public service lawyers are the perfect models for how to face the decisive issues of the 21st century while upholding the values and ideas of the Constitution, said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) in his keynote address March 18 at the Law School's seventh annual Conference on Public Service & the Law. Kennedy, a 1959 graduate of the School of Law, stressed the importance of working towards the common good and also offered tough words for the Bush administration.
Comptroller General Predicts Fiscal Crisis Unless Government Reforms3/17/06 - The government must change how it does business now or the United States will face a serious fiscal crisis in the future, said David Walker, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), at the Law School's Conference on Public Service & the Law March 17.
Keynote: The Future of Stem Cell Research3/17/06 - What will stem cell research look like in ten, twenty, thirty years? Who should donate an organ and who shouldn't and why? In this lively keynote address kicking off this conference, noted bioethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, debates the future of stem cell research and organ donation.
The Science of Cell-Based Medicine3/17/06 - What makes a stem cell a stem cell? Why is development of this revolutionary technology so important to the future of medicine and patient treatment? To find out more, listen to a presentation by three experts: Larry Goldstein, PhD, of the Hughes Medical Institute, Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins University and Gary Friedman, MD, MS, of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Atlantic Health System of New Jersey. They discuss the science of cell-based medicine.
Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research3/17/06 - Private industry, and several states from California to Maryland, are hopping on the stem cell bandwagon with multi-billion dollar commitments to research. Now, there are new guidelines from the National Academy of Sciences to help ensure that scientists and administrators approach stem cell research responsibly and ethically. In this presentation, Jonathan Moreno, PhD, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Biomedical Ethics, outlines these new guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research and the future of this vital research.
Financing the New Medicine3/17/06 - Research takes money, especially when it comes to the "New Medicine" of regenerative therapy. In this presentation, listen to three noted experts on the subject: Carl Gulbrandsen, JD, PhD, of the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation, Michael J. Werner of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Robert MacWright, JD, PhD, CEO of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation.
U.Va. Tops African American Graduation Rate3/16/06 - U.Va. President John T. Casteen III discusses the survey in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education that shows the University leads all public institutions in graduation rates of African-American students.
Medical Center Hour: The Science of Stem Cells3/15/06 - Stem cell research is important and controversial science these days, promising great advances in the treatment and cure of major diseases. Expert Lawrence Goldstein of the University of California at San Diego explains what stem cell science all about, and explores the role that political realities and ethical concerns play in researchers' quests for scientific breakthroughs.
Medical Center Hour: The Meaning of "Everything": Responding to Patient Requests for Aggressive Treatment at the End of Life3/8/06 - How should physicians and other health professionals handle the challenges that arise when patients and families request aggressive interventions at the end of life that do not seem, to those health care providers, to be in the patients' best interests? Dr. James Tulskey with Duke University's Center for Palliative Care discusses some possible answers.