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Title: University Lecture Series — “Challenge of Diversity in Higher Education”

The Basics: Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., will discuss the issues surrounding race in higher education. She has written several books about the ability to develop one’s racial identity within the educational system, most recently Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007).

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design — “Tradition and Sustainability: Truly Green Architecture and Urbanism”

The Basics: Hank Dittmar, chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, will speak about sustainability in design. The Prince’s Foundation is an educational charity that teaches principles of urban design and architecture.

When: Today at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Museum of Art

Title: School of Design Lecture Series — “Design and Worldview”

The Basics: Terry Irwin, co-founder of Meta Design San Francisco, will explain dominant design standards and their basic assumptions. Irwin argues that the current Western worldview is unable to support a sustainable design model. He will explain the need to shift the cultural worldview before disciplines can adopt appropriate paradigms for the future.

When: Today at 7 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Design Lecture Series — “Designing Products for Non-Visual Access”

The Basics: Anne Taylor, director of technology for the National Federation of the Blind, will discuss the need to design technology for con-sumers with visual impairments. Taylor will illuminate new, non-visual design opportunities and describe issues that arise as technology changes, and why this necessitates more inclusive design.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Computer Science Bruce Nelson Memorial Lecture — “Toward Millisecond-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proteins: Algorithms, Architectures, and Applications”

The Basics: David E. Shaw, founder and chief scientist of D.E. Shaw Research and senior research fellow at the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Columbia University, will speak about his work. Shaw and his staff perform research in computational biochemistry. Currently, the group is studying molecular simulations involving biological macromolecules, including proteins, to potentially achieve gains in both scientific and pharmaceutical fields.

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Where: Wean Hall 7500

Title: CAUSE Lecture Series — “We Already Have the Italian Squad, Why Not the Colored Squad?: Race and Law Enforcement in Early Twentieth-Century New York”

The Basics: Kimberly Sims (Heinz School ’98), assistant professor of history at American University, will discuss the different ways in which black and Italian immigrants interacted with the police department during the police reform movement in the Progressive Era in order to investigate how ideas about race, criminal behavior, and white privilege shaped the modern force.

When: Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)