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Title: University Lecture Series: David Blight

The Basics: David Blight, a professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition at Yale University will discuss his recent book, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation. Blight has amassed information about slavery based on manuscripts discovered only in 2004 to reveal the very lengthy process that was emancipation.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Drue Heinz Lecture: Edwidge Danticat

The Basics: Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian native and author of several praised novels including Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, will discuss her latest novel Brother, I’m Dying which won the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award.

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall

Title: University Lecture Series: Muppet Diplomacy

The Basics: Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, will discuss his nonprofit educational organization that thoroughly use thes power of all media to educate children. Knell has been key to his company’s global mission and will explain how Sesame Street is changing our world.

When: Friday and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Rangos Ballroom, University Center

Title: School of Art Lecture Series: Mark Bradford

The Basics: Mark Bradford, an artist whose work is among the works in the Life of Mars exhibit will be speaking about his works. Bradford is an abstract artist who, through collages of found materials such as foil, scrap paper, fences, or poster remnants, examines abstraction and questions systems of culture in his neighborhood of Los Angeles.

When: Saturday at 4 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Lecture Hall

Title: The Plight of Migrant Chinese Youth and Their Hopes for Education

The Basics: First-year cognitive science major Hannah Gordon, along with Global Studies House, will be giving a lecture on the Dandelion School, a non-profit school for migrant children in China. China is currently experiencing the biggest migration in history as rural villagers move into cities. The government has made it illegal for any of them to have access to social services, including health care and education. Despite initial challenges, the Dandelion School has been in existence for two years now. It continues to break through boundaries and is slowly becoming a cherished part of society.

The lecture will follow a bake sale in Kirr Commons throughout the morning.

When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Dowd Room, University Center

Title: University Lecture Series: Understanding Conditions in Iraq

The Basics: Robert Behrman, a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon’s department of engineering and public policy, will present a description of current conditions in Iraq both social and physical from his firsthand experience. He will aim to explain the developments in Iraq for a better understanding of the news.

When: Next Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)