Lecture preview

Asi Burak and Eric Brown
Today at 4:30 pm
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Sarah Bryant-Bertail
"[ITAL]Nathan the Wise[ITAL]: Reviving Utopia"
Thursday, Februray 23, at 4:30 pm
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Dr. Ruth Westheimer
“Soldier, Sex Therapist, and Mother of the Year: Milestones in the Life of Dr. Ruth”
Sunday, February 26, at 10:00 am
McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Utopianism, video games, and sex are this week’s topics in the University Lecture Series.

This afternoon, graduate students Asi Burak and Eric Brown in CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center will give a lecture on the project, a video game they developed to simulate Mideast conflict.

Burak and Brown, co-producers of the PEACEMAKER Project, lead a team of graduate students dedicated to the cause of finding creative solutions to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

According to the PEACEMAKER website, the game is designed so that “players choose the role of either the Israeli prime minister or the leader of the Palestinian Authority. The goal is to establish a stable resolution to deadly, protracted conflict before the politicians’ terms of office expire.”

Burak and Brown will speak in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall at 4:30 pm.

On Thursday, professor Sarah Bryant-Bertail of the University of Washington will give a lecture titled “Nathan the Wise: Reviving Utopia.”

Bryant-Bertail is an author and essayist on theater performance, semiotics, feminism, and intercultural theater.

Bryant-Bertail’s lecture will center on Nathan the Wise, a 1779 play by Gotthold Lessing that celebrates religious tolerance in Jerusalem during the Crusades.

“The lecture title itself gives a sense of the main aim of my talk, which is to explore what Lessing’s ‘utopian’ picture of Jerusalem meant to Germany in the 1770s, what it has meant to successive generations, and what it means now in our post-9/11, war-torn world,” Bryant-Bertail stated.

“Nathan the Wise: Reviving Utopia” will be given in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall at 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 23.

The keynote speaker for MOSAIC, this Saturday’s annual conference on gender issues, will be Dr. Ruth Westheimer, one of People’s “Most Intriguing People of the Century.”

Dr. Ruth, often dubbed the “original sexpert,” has hosted several television shows and written 30 books on the topic of sexual health.

Westheimer’s presentation is titled “Soldier, Sex Therapist, and Mother of the Year: Milestones in the Life of Dr. Ruth.”

According to the MOSAIC website, Westheimer’s speech “will discuss her life experiences as an orphan of the Holocaust, a pioneer of media psychology, a media personality, and an advocate for Planned Parenthood, women’s health, and sexual literacy.”

Westheimer will speak at 10 am Sunday in McConomy Auditorium. Pre-registration is required at