Lecture Previews

Title: University Lecture Series — Yossi Klein Halevi

The Basics: Yossi Klein Halevi, senior editor at The New Republic and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, will discuss the role of religion and culture in resolving conflict.

Halevi, born in America and now an Israeli citizen, began to explore whether faith could quell tensions in the Middle East by praying with Christians and Muslims. Halevi will also speak on the changing political situation in the Middle East and the current state of diplomatic relations in the region.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Marianne Weems

The Basics: Marianne Weems will discuss her work as artistic director of the Builders Association. Founded in 1994, the Builders Association is a performance and media company that produces original performances to tell stories about the human experience in the 21st century using a combination of stage performance, text, new media, and architecture.

Weems has recently been appointed as the head of the graduate directing program in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon.

When: Today at 5 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: Dickson Prize in Science Lecture — “The Mysteries of Algorithms”

The Basics: Richard M. Karp, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, research scientist at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute, and this year’s recipient of Carnegie Mellon’s Dickson Prize in Science, will discuss his current research where he uses algorithms to find hidden patterns in gene expression data and ultimately determine how genes and living cells work.

The Dickson Prize in Science is awarded annually to the person who the university believes has made the most progress in the natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics within the United States over the previous year.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History — “FBI Eyes: The Challenge of Writing about Women on the Left”

The Basics: Jacquelyn Hall, a professor of history and director of the Southern Oral History Project at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will discuss aspects of socialism, feminism, and political women.

Hall received the National Humanities Medal in 1999 for her efforts to increase the public’s relationship with the humanities. She was recently awarded a Mellon Foundation Grant to expand her work on the “Long Civil Rights Movement,” a project to augment public understanding of narratives.

When: Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Center for Arts in Society Lecture — “Greening the Future of Live Performance: Three Propositions”

The Basics: Katie Gough of the University of Glasgow, Theresa May of the University of Oregon, and Tom Van Sant, creator of the Geosphere project, will examine how performers can alter their perspective to create nature as a character in an increasingly non-human world, and how live performance can be used to raise awareness of ecological issues and inspire audience action.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)