Lecture Previews

Nick Guesto Jan 18, 2010

The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series: Charles Kane

Tuesday, Jan. 19

12:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Charles Kane (president and chief operating officer of One Laptop Per Child and senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Business) will talk to students about the business world. With degrees in business administration of accountancy and international finance, as well as positions in executive management and financial management, Kane has experience from both college and the work force.

Doing History, Making News: New Discoveries in the Life of Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, Jan. 20

4:30 p.m., McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Alan Houston (political science professor at UC San Diego) recently came across almost 50 previously unknown letters by, to, and about Ben Franklin, dating all the way back to 1755. Houston will discuss the letters’ subject matter, including Franklin’s suggestions regarding the plot to take back Fort Duquesne.

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Thursday, Jan. 21

4:30 p.m., Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

American journalist, author, and war correspondent, Chris Hedges will speak about the battle between image and text in reference to his most recent book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. He will make special references to TV slogans and images that confront us every day. Also, Hedges will comment on how we tend to occupy ourselves with “squalid pseudo-events of celebrity breakdowns, gossip, and trivia.” With experience working as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, as well as teaching at Columbia, New York University, and Princeton, Hedges has a worldly perspective on what humans see and unknowingly fall victim to.

University Lecture Series Journeys Lecture: David Lewis- Now and Then

Monday, Jan. 25

4:30 p.m., Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Born in 1922, David Lewis served in the Navy in World War II. An architect and urban designer, Lewis came to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1963 as the Andrew Mellon professor of architecture and urban design, where he started an educational program in urban design where students worked hands-on with elected officials, agency representatives, and citizens in communities in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region.

From 1968 to 1974, he taught at Yale, where he was the William Henry Bishop professor of urban design and formed the Yale Urban Design Workshop. In 1988–89, he was the Hyde professor at the University of Nebraska. In 1990, he returned to Carnegie Mellon and started the Urban Laboratory, which still exists today.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, he was a core member of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams (R/UDATs), and was chairman of the AIA’s National Urban Design Committee in 1976–77. In 1976, he was a founding member of the International Institute of Urban Design.

Lewis is the founder of Urban Design Associates (UDA), a renowned urban design firm that practices in the spirit of participatory design.