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Title: School of Architecture Lecture Series — “Lars Lerup and the Environment”

The Basics: Lars Lerup, dean of Rice University’s School of Architecture since 1993, will speak on how the expansion of cities affects their natural environments. Lerup was named the 2004 Swedish-American Citizen of the Year by the king and queen of Sweden on behalf of his enduring contributions to architectural practice and education in the United States.

When: Today at 6 p.m.

Where: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51

Title: University of Pittsburgh Lecture Series — “An Evening with Karl Rove”

The Basics: Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will speak on his experiences in the Bush administration and the state of politics today. Rove made international news in 2007 for his involvement in the Bush e-mail scandal in which over 500 e-mails were leaked to the public in violation of the Presidential Records Act. The scandal ultimately prompted his 2007 resignation. Referred to by President Bush as “the Boy Genius” and “the Architect,” Rove remains one of the most controversial figures in today’s political scene.

When: Today at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Assembly Room, William Pitt Student Union

Title: School of Design Lecture Series — Burton Morris

The Basics: Burton Morris, School of Design alumnus (’86), will return to present a lecture on the post-pop idiom. Morris’ artistic influences include comic books and the works of Andy Warhol. His art, from his self-established Burton Morris Studios, was featured at the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004, in signature images at the 76th annual Academy Awards in 2004, and at Major League Baseball’s 2006 All-Star Game. His exhibits can be seen today in various cities from New York to Hong Kong.

When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Where: CFA 303

Title: Carnegie Library Lecture Series — “Getting Better Sleep: What You Need to Know”

The Basics: Anne Germain, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak on the necessity of sleeping each night, the theories behind the process of sleeping, and the ways in which people can develop better habits allowing them to sleep both longer and better.

The lecture is the first in the Mental Health and Wellness Lecture Series established by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

When: Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m.

Where: First-floor quiet reading room, Carnegie Library, Oakland

Title: Center for the Arts in Society — BYOBrain Brown Bag Series

The Basics: Clayton Merrell, associate professor in the College of Fine Arts, will speak on his painting project funded by the Center for the Arts in Society and inspired by travel in Oaxaca, Mexico. Merrell will share his thoughts on how this project, and painting in general, is more than just an art form; he believes it resembles a way of thinking and of examining the world around him. Merrell published a book, Twenty-Seven Lessons in Visionary Geometry: A Treatise for the Beginner, in 2003, and has been the recipient of large amounts of artistic funding, including a grant by the Center for the Arts in Society in 2003 that allowed him to travel through China for inspiration.

When: Wednesday, March 21 at 12 p.m.

Where: CFA 310