Events for March 2007
Mind Bugs: The Ordinary Origins of Bias3/31/07 - Many mental activities occur outside of conscious awareness or control, including thoughts that are relevant to social life. Brian Nosek, Assistant Professor of Psychology, demonstrates to reveal how some common operations of the mind can mislead us to see things that are not there, think things that we do not believe, and do things that we do not expect.
First black woman to graduate U.Va Law addresses alumni3/30/07 - Elaine Ruth Jones became the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Virginia Law School in 1970. Jones has a long history working for the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and served as the organization's director-counsel. She recalls her time at the University and her career during the keynote speech of the 2007 Black Business Showcase, held at Black Alumni Reunions Weekend.
The Changing Role of Genes in Cognitive Aging and Dementia3/30/07 - Dr. Nancy Pedersen is chair of the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Much of her work involves the effects and causes of dementia. She gave the 2007 Aston-Gottesman Lecture in a talk titled "Still Heritable After All Those Years? The Changing Role of Genes in Cognitive Aging and Dementia."
Teaching Racism at U.Va3/30/07 - Anthropologist Richard Handler teaches a course at the University called "Racism, Nationalism, Multiculturalism" in which these concepts are critically examined. Handler explains the history at Black Alumni Weekend.
"Crossing" the Caribbean: Cultural Identity, Transnationalism, and the Impact of African-American Gospel Music in Jamaica3/30/07 - Ethnomusicologist Melvin Butler describes how African-American gospel music is affecting Pentecostal churches in Jamaica. This lecture is part of Black Alumni Weekend.
Black Business Showcase3/30/07 - Prominent business owners and entrepreneurs discuss the keys to their success in this second half of the Black Business Showcase.
Jefferson Society debate on the parallels between the Wars in Iraq and Viet Nam3/29/07 - Former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska debates Professor Robert Turner of U.Va Law School on the similarities between the Iraq and Viet Nam wars. The event was sponsored by the Jefferson Society.
Jamestown at 400: New Words for an Old Monument3/29/07 - This years marks the four hundredth anniversary of the settling of the Jamestown colony. Virginia is celebrating with a series of events, but how has Jamestown been remembered in the past? U.Va Anthropologist Jeff Hantman examines how this year's celebration will be different, in light of new data and ideas about how Jamestown survived.
The Medical Center Hour: Empathy for Health Care Professionals3/28/07 - Distinguished medical educator Richard Frankel of Indiana University School of Medicine offers his perspective on how to improve doctor-patient communication. What's at stake in the patient-physician relationship and in communication between doctor and patient, and how does the setting in which the patient sees the doctor affect the nature and outcomes of their interaction?
Technology in World History (7 of 12)3/27/07 - How did the turnip start the Industrial Revolution in Britain? Bernard Carlson, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Virginia, offers an answer to this intriguing question.
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Dean Ed Ayers Last Lecture: Units of Measurement3/27/07 - Reminding students to cherish their experience at the University, College Dean Ed Ayers gives his final lecture to a packed Old Cabell Hall auditorium. After 26 years at the University, Ayers is leaving at the end of the semester to take on the position of president at the University of Richmond. During his 50 semesters at the University, Ayers has taught more than 8,000 students. "The opportunity to be the center of attention is why I took this profession," Ayers said. "My first career choice was taken - a rock star."
Jews, Jive and Jazz3/25/07 - Explore lesser-known aspects of American popular culture with John Leland and Ted Merwin. The Virginia Festival of the Book is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Indigenous Knowledge in the Academy3/24/07 - Paula Sherman is an assistant professor in indigenous studies at
Trent University where she joined the faculty in 2004. She teaches courses on Indigenous Women, Indigenous Oral History and International Indigenous Peoples. Paula's ongoing research interests include the Atlantic World, the fur trade and Indigenous theater and performance. Her talk examines how higher education institutions can recognize indigenous peoples as experts with experience, history and knowledge that
is valued by higher education institutions.
Indigenizing the Academy3/24/07 - Edna Manitowabi of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Canada's Trent University is Odawa/Ojibway from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island and head woman for the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewin Lodge. She is also a teacher, ceremonialist, drum keeper and grandmother. Here she talks about the value of indigenous knowledge to the academy.
Civil Rights South: Kelly Ingram Park and the Children's Crusade3/23/07 - A visit to Kelly Ingram Park, where thousands of young African American civil rights supporters faced the dogs and water cannons of the Birmingham police. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: 16th Street Baptist Church and the 1963 Church Bombing3/23/07 - On September 15, 1963, a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. killed four young girls and injured 21 others -- a tragedy that galvanized the civil rights movement in Birmingham and beyond. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Charles Morgan's Response to the Birmingham Church Bombing3/23/07 - After the 1963 church bombing, Charles Morgan, a white citizen of Birmingham, published a letter that laid the blame at the feet of everyone who stood against the civil rights movement -- a stand which led to both praise and condemnation. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Singled Out: Taking on Singlism and Matrimonia3/23/07 - Drawing from social science data, politics, and popular culture, Bella DePaulo presents a myth-busting, consciousness-raising, totally unapologetic take on singlehood. DePaulo is currently a visiting professor of psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. This event is part of the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book.
Civil Rights South: Voting Rights and the Death of Jimmy Lee Jackson3/22/07 - At the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Ala., Sam Walker describes the impact of the notorious literacy tests and how the death of Jimmy Lee Jackson led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge3/22/07 - Julian Bond talks about crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers, for the first time. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Brown Chapel AME Church3/22/07 - Brown Chapel AME Church was the headquarters of the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala. The current pastor, Rev. James Jackson, discusses the support and inspiration that the church offered to civil rights workers in the 1950s and 1960s. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize3/22/07 - John Mather of NASA's Goddard Space Center delivers the 37th Annual Llewellyn G. Hoxton Lecture to the Physics Department. Mather shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics with colleague George Smoot for their work with cosmic background radiation, which helped prove the Big Bang theory of the universe.
Festival Luncheon: Doug Marlette3/22/07 - Pulitzer Prize winner for Editorial Cartooning, creator of Kudzu, and novelist, speaks on his new novel, Magic Time. The Virginia Festival of the Book is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
College Guide Sara Larquier Discusses Her Experience3/21/07 - Sara Larquier is a first-year College Guide at Charlottesville High School.
Civil Rights South: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott3/21/07 - In Montgomery, Ala., a visit to the street corner where Rosa Parks was arrested commemorates the boycott that would end segregated transportation in the city. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church3/21/07 - The tour stops at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., where pastor Martin Luther King Jr. began his rise to prominence in the civil rights movement. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center3/21/07 - Morris Dees and Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center discusses the group's efforts battling racism and racist organizations. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Shh..Don't Ask Don't Tell - Being Gay in the Military3/21/07 - The University Democrats in conjunction with Queer and Allied Activism present a forum on the national policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 barring gays and lesbians from openly disclosing their sexual orientation while in the military. Robert Michael Rankin, M.D., Capt, MC, USNR, (Ret.) serves on the Honorary Board of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. He will offer his perspectives, stories, experiences, observations, and opinions on this policy.
The Motivational Magic of Reading Aloud3/21/07 - Jim Trelease shares with parents, teachers, and anyone interested in children's education the magical and fun connection between being read to and learning to read. The Virginia Festival of the Book is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Business Breakfast: Fun is Good3/21/07 - Michael Veeck, president and co-owner of six minor-league baseball teams and co-author of Fun is Good: How to Create Joy and Passion in Your Workplace and Career, delivers inspiring business stories from his career. The Virginia Festival of the Book is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The Medical Center Hour: Stiff: The Secret Lives of Human Cadavers3/21/07 - This conversation with independent author Mary Roach explores her experiences in researching and writing about the busy, and beneficial, (after)lives of human cadavers. Co-presented with the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Professor John Quale describes green building techniques3/21/07 - Professor John Quale describes green building techniques in this Unforgettable Lecture.
Civil Rights South: Tuskegee University & Booker T. Washington3/20/07 - Charles Thompson, president of the Tuskegee Chamber of Commerce, leads a tour of Tuskegee University and discusses its founder, Booker T. Washington. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Fred Gray and the Legal Battle for Civil Rights3/20/07 - Fred Gray, the lawyer who represented Rosa Parks, discusses his decision to become a lawyer and "destroy everything segregated I could find." WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Charlotte Matthews Wins Poetry Award3/20/07 - University of Virginia writing instructor Charlotte Matthews, who has won the 2007 Fellowship of Southern Writers' New Writing Award for Poetry for her full-length collection of poetry,
College Guide Mimi DelGizzi Discusses Her Work at NVCC3/20/07 - Mimi DelGizzi, a College Guide at Northern Virginia Community College, talks about her work with students there.
Nicole Hurd Talks Discusses the College Guide Program3/20/07 - Nicole Hurd, who developed the College Guide Program at U.Va., discusses its benefits.
ABC's Greenburg Uncovers Inner Workings of Supreme Court3/20/07 - The struggle for control of the Supreme Court in recent years has been defined by how justices interact with and react to each other as much as their differing legal philosophies, said Jan Crawford Greenburg of ABC News during the ninth annual Henry J. Abraham Distinguished Lectureship at the School of Law.
Disciplining Death: The Politics of Terminal Care Reform in Connecticut3/20/07 - Dr. Joy Buck identifies the key players and societal conditions that led to the creation of the modern hospice movement in the United States. Focusing on the activities of the hospice creators in the State of Connecticut, Dr. Buck outlines the establishment of Hospice, Inc., the nation's first home hospice care program, and traces the challenges faced by the creators as they worked with patients, their families, and the health care professionals to provide a caring and responsive environment for the dying.
Civil Rights South: Julian Bond Interviews John Lewis3/19/07 - WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the first day of the Civil Rights South tour. In this segment, U.Va. history professor Julian Bond interviews fellow civil rights pioneer John Lewis in Atlanta.
Civil Rights South: Ebenezer Baptist Church3/19/07 - Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached from the pulpit, celbrates its 121st anniversary as a "freedom church." WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
Civil Rights South: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birth Home3/19/07 - A visit to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood and the King family home explores the roots of King's activism. WUVA's Katy Cannon reports from the Civil Rights South tour.
A Constitutional Right to Pre-School?3/16/07 - James Edward Ryan joined the faculty in 1998, after completing a two-year Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law. He teaches constitutional law, land use law, law and education, local government law, torts, and seminars on such topics as legal scholarship, the Supreme Court, and environmental justice. Here Ryan considers whether access to publicly funded preschool should be expanded and, if so, whether state courts should play a role.
The Importance of History in Leadership Decisions3/14/07 - The Honorable Gerald L. Baliles, Governor of Virginia (1986-1990) and current director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs, addresses "The Importance of History in Leadership Decisions" at the Tracy W. and Katherine W. McGregor Distinguished Lecture in American History, sponsored by the University of Virginia Library.
Pollution and Revitalization: What3/14/07 - U.Va Architecture Professor Phoebe Crisman discusses the polluted state of the Elizabeth River and describes a solution she's implementing. The Learning Barge is a self-sustaining field station operated under a partnership between U.Va and several Norfolk area organizations. Crisman traces the project's history and timeline during this Engaging the Mind Lecture.
The Medical Center Hour: Docs in the Box: Medicine, Morals and Media3/14/07 - Les Friedman, Ph.D., of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, discusses how American television feeds the public's fascination with medicine and with those who practice it. What else might be going on when we tune in? Might media portrayals also shape our expectations of who the doctor is and what he or she is able to do?
Global Health Pioneer Discusses Challenge for Research Universities3/13/07 - During his lecture sponsored by the Center for Global Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, a founding director of Partners In Health, described the challenges that research universities face in addressing issues of global health.
Technology in World History (6 of 12)3/12/07 - Bernard Carlson, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Virginia, discusses how iron was the first example of technology's impact on warfare.
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Hunger in Our World3/12/07 - A MacArthur "genius grant" winner and medical anthropologist, Paul Farmer is a champion of health and human rights and an expert on the role of social inequities as they relate to infectious diseases.
Miller Center Forum: The Health Care Crisis: Contours of the Debate3/10/07 - Arthur Garson Jr. is executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Health Science and Public Policy. Garson has served as president of the American College of Cardiology (1999-2000), and as chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He treats children with heart disease in his medical practice. Carolyn L. Engelhard is assistant professor of Medical Education and a health policy analyst in the Department of Public Health Sciences at U.Va.'s School of Medicine. Director of the master of science program in clinical research, she is a consultant for state health and Medicaid agencies.
Sterling Speirn, W.K. Kellogg Foundation3/2/07 - Sterling Speirn, C.E.O. of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, addresses the state of philanthropy in this speech to the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.