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Title: University Lecture Series — “Technologies of Surveillance: Tracking People as Economic Subjects”

The Basics: Kenneth Lipartito, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the increasing frequency with which consumers’ behaviors, desires, and decisions are recorded and analyzed for use by state economic representatives. Lipartito will trace this history of surveillance technology and explain the potential effects of such technology on financial transparency and the balance of power between government and consumer.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Humanities Center Lecture Series — "An Almost Unknown Masterpiece: Cecco del Caravaggio's The Resurrection"

The Basics: Michael Fried, the J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the work of Italian Baroque era artist known by the pseudonym Cecco del Caravaggio. Fried is an influential modernist art critic and historian, particularly in his criticism of the theatricality of minimalism. He is the author of Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (University of California Press, 1980), and Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews (University of Chicago Press, 1998), among other works.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall

Title: University Lecture Series — “Educating Ethical Engineers”

The Basics: Cynthia Finelli, director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching North and associate research scientist at the University of Michigan, will discuss the findings of her research on teaching approaches and ethical development and explain the strategies that engineering educators can use to help their students develop into ethical professionals.

Finelli believes that the decline in ethical engineering is the result of media attention that focuses on professionals who make large ethical blunders, as opposed to those who serve as positive role models. Finelli’s research is part of a multi-institutional research initiative that surveyed 1300 students and conducted focus groups with more than 75 students to determine their perception of ethics in the engineering industry.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Borders and Bridges, Connecting Pittsburgh and Mexico Today

The Basics: A panel of local academics and activists, both pro- and anti-immigration, will discuss the complex territory of U.S.-Mexico relations. Specifically, the experts will discuss how Pittsburgh has been affected by recent Mexican immigration and, in turn, how Pittsburgh has influenced Mexico.

When: Thursday at 6 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Title: University Lecture Series — “The Simpsons and Other Gentiles I Work With”

The Basics: Mike Reiss, one of the founding writers of the hit TV show*The Simpsons* and four-time Emmy Award winner, will offer a humorous take on his experience working on the show, from dealing with network censorship and high-maintenance guest stars to insights on how The Simpsons is perceived around the world. In addition, Reiss will show clips of his work from The Simpsons and other original animations. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center