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Lecture Previews

Bayes’ Rule: The Theory That Would Not Die

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Sharon Bertsch McGrayne will present a lecture on the research of Thomas Bayes and Pierre-Simon Laplace.

She will discuss the history of Bayes’ rule, highlighting Alan Turing, who decrypted the German Enigma code, and Jerome Cornfield of the National Institute of Health and George Washington University, who used Bayes’ rule to establish smoking as a cause of lung cancer as well as establish that high cholesterol is related to cardiovascular disease.

McGrayne co-authored the “Atom” and “Electricity & Magnetism” articles for the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

School of Art Lecture Series

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, CFA

Within the realm of performance art, Carolee Schneeman works in a wide variety of media, including performance, assemblage, photography, film, video, and installation. In this lecture, she will showcase her recent works and discuss her career path. During Schneeman’s career, her work has focused on the discourse of the body, sexuality, and gender. Schneeman’s work has been shown at multiple museums and exhibitions around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Museums of Contemporary Art located in Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Vienna; and the Stadtische Kunsthalle in Dusseldorf; the Venice Biennale in Italy.

Caribbean Captives, African Slaves: The Origins of the Gullah/Geechee

Thursday at noon

Baker Hall 246A

Edda L. Fields-Black, associate professor in the history department, will discuss her research on the “Gullah/Geechee Corridor.”

Fields-Black will argue that the Gullah/Geechee culture and language are the exception to “African-American exceptionalism.” Her research attempts to prove that African-Americans were not decimated by the institution of slavery and that enslaved Africans were skilled, not just brute laborers.

Fields-Black’s lecture will examine the historical evidence about the earliest black settlers in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. She will focus on the importance of the Caribbean, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, and the Kongo/Angola regions throughout history. However, she will also argue that historians must be very careful about attempting to find the origins of the Gullah/Geechee either in the Caribbean or in West and West-Central Africa.

The Boys of St. Columb’s

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Maurice Fitzpatrick, director of the new film The Boys of St. Columb’s, will present a screening of the movie. Afterward, Jennifer Keating-Miller, assistant director of undergraduate research and national fellowships, and Matthew O’Brien, from the department of history at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will lead a discussion of the film.

The Boys of St. Columb’s narrates the lives of the first generation of children to receive free secondary education because of the 1947 Education Act in Northern Ireland. The film tells the story of how the political and historical conditions of Northern Ireland were altered as a result of the mass education of its population, culminating in the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s.