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Subject: John Bowe

The Basics: John Bowe, the author of Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy, will speak about the use of outsourcing and immigration fraud by various corporations. He will highlight the fact that the only part of this operation noticed by the majority of American citizens is the resulting low prices of consumer goods. The lecture will include a question and answer session and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

The lecture is hosted by Carnegie Mellon’s chapter of Amnesty International.

When: Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: Venture Capital Speakers Series — “What Is Your Company Worth?”

The Basics: Sean Sebastian, a partner in the Pittsburgh-based Birchmere Ventures, will reveal some of the secrets associated with the early stage valuation techniques used by investors. Some of the topics discussed will include market research, industry experts, and business model validation.

When: Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Connan Room, University Center

Title: Center for Arts in Society BYOBrain Series — “Art, History, and Images of the Feminine in Baudelaire’s Paris”

The Basics: Beryl Schlossman, a French professor at Carnegie Mellon as well as the author of several books of literary criticism, will be discussing historical and comparative techniques for the study of European literature, art, and culture. Schlossman will discuss the ways in which Baudelaire’s use of literary images can help us to better understand French modernism. She will also describe her own recent research trip to Paris.

When: Wednesday at noon

Where: College of Fine Arts 303

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Ken Rinaldo

The Basics: Ken Rinaldo, an artist and director of the Art and Technology program at The Ohio State University, will discuss his work. Rinaldo is famous for his creation of various interactive multimedia pieces which combine the areas of art and biology and delve into the categories of interactive robotics, rapid prototyping, artificial life, and biological art.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts

Title: SCS Distinguished Lecture Series — “Hierarchical Temporal Memory: How a New Theory of Neocortex May Lead to Truly Intelligent Machines”

The Basics: Jeff Hawkins, the founder of Palm Computing, Handspring, and Numenta, will discuss his recently developed theory of Hierarchical Temporal Memory, which explains how the neocortex develops its perception of the world and then uses this model to make inferences about the surrounding environment. He will also discuss his own work in giving practical significance to this theory, including the development of a software platform within Numenta.

This lecture is the Hank Suz-Chi Wan Memorial Lecture.

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Where: Wean Hall 7500

Subject: Joan Busquets

The Basics: Joan Busquets, Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will speak about her work. Busquets is an internationally renowned urban planner, designer, and architect.

When: Friday at 5 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium