Lecture preview

Title: University Lecture Series — “Cultivating the Spirit: College and the Search for Meaning”

The Basics: Alexander and Helen Astin, professors of psychology at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, will discuss the results of their research on the spiritual development of college students. Since 2003, the researchers have interviewed over 100,000 students in 150 institutions to track their spiritual growth during their college years to identify trends in religion among college students, and discover how students’ relationships with faith and spirituality are changing on campuses today.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Giler Humanities Lecture — Charles D’Ambrosio

The Basics: Charles D’Ambrosio, fiction writer and writing professor at the University of Iowa, will discuss his work. A native of the Pacific Northwest, D’Ambrosio’s short stories have appeared regularly in literary journals, among them The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He is the author of The Point (Back Bay Books, 1995), Orphans (Clear Cut Press, 2005), and The Dead Fish Museum (Vintage, 2006). He is the recipient of the Whiting Award and the Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. Both The Point and The Dead Fish Museum were finalists for the PEN/Faukner Award, and The Point was a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

When: Today at 8 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Buhl Lecture — “Mysteries of the Dark Universe”

The Basics: Edward Kolb, professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Chicago will discuss the “dark matter” and “dark energy” that compose the vast majority of the universe but about which scientists know little. However, that could change, as technology and facilities become more sophisticated, and Kolb will also speak about the future of scientists’ body of knowledge about the dark universe.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Mellon Auditorium

Title: School of Design Lecture Series — Jon Kolko

The Basics: Jon Kolko, interaction designer of the global innovation firm frog design in Austin, Texas, will discuss his work. Kolko received his BFA in industrial design and a master’s in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon in 2000. His work focuses on combining knowledge of behavior, design synthesis, and information architecture to create usable interfaces and data systems for decision makers presented with large quantities of data. From 2003 to 2007, Kolbo was a professor of industrial design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Where: Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

Title: LCS Colloquium Series — “Women and the Cinemafication of the World”

The Basics: Jane Gaines, professor of literature and English and Professor Emeritus of Film Video Digital at Duke University, will discuss her work. Gaines’s research focuses on the intersection of film theory and feminism and its effect on mass culture. She is the author of Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (University of North Carolina Press, 1991) and Fire and Desire: Mixed-Blood Movies in the Silent Era (University of Chicago Press, 2001), both of which earned her the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize. She also received Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarly Award for her most recent book, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers, which will be published this year.

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Where: TBA