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Title: University Lecture Series — “Brecht at Sea and in America”

The Basics: Holger Teschke will describe the journey to the United States of exiled German playwright Bertolt Brecht and his experience in Hollywood upon his arrival. In 1941, Brecht took a journey from Vladivostok in the Soviet Union across the Pacific Ocean to San Pedro, Calif.

When: Today at 5 p.m.

Where: Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts

Title: University Lecture Series — "Thinking Green: How PNC applies sustainability to create value for stakeholders"

The Basics: James E. Rohr, chairman and CEO of PNC Bank, will explain how the company used sustainable practices to benefit its financial supporters while maintaining its durability as an extensive financial services organization working across the retail, business, and corporate markets.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Tony Conrad

The Basics: Tony Conrad — filmmaker, composer, musician, and conceptual artist — will discuss his work. Since his career began in the early 1960s, Conrad has been a leader in the American independent film and music industries, utilizing such techniques as amplification, oscillation, long duration, precise pitch, and mesmerizing drones to establish his own sound. He was involved in the formation of the Velvet Underground. His 1966 film piece “The Flicker” is considered one of the major works that initiated the structural cinema movement.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series — Scott Griffith

The Basics: Scott Griffith, CEO and chairman of Zipcar, Inc., will describe how he has established Zipcar as the largest car-sharing service since he joined the company in 2003. Griffith managed Zipcar’s merger with Flexcar in 2007 and since then has solidified Zipcar's brand and customer experience while drastically increasing its membership beyond hundreds of thousands of businesses and individuals. Today, Zipcar is the leader in the car-sharing industry.

When: Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Mellon Auditorium, Posner Hall

Title: “Building a Green Economy in Southwest Pennsylvania”

The Basics: A panel of four experts will discuss how the political, business, and environmental spheres can work together to build a green economy and create millions of new jobs in Pennsylvania. They will also explain the anticipated effects of the federal economic recovery plan on the Pittsburgh area. Panelists are Representative Jason Altmire (D-Pa.); Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation; Fred Redmond, international vice president for the United Steelworkers; and Tom Granville, CEO of Axion Power International.

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Where: Porter Hall 100

Title: “Globalization, the Indian Economy, SEZs and Popular Struggles”

The Basics: Kunal Chattopadhyay, professor of history at Jadavpur University, will discuss the easing of state controls and rise of globalization in India in the 1990s. In particular, he will discuss the Indian government’s recent revision and promotion of SEZs (Special Economic Zones), which were adopted to attract foreign investments despite the country’s unstable infrastructure and fiscal regime.

When: Friday at 4 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)