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The Humanities Center Lectures: Imagining Planetarity

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m
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Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, a professor of English at DePauw University and author of The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, will be discussing his new book and the current theories on science fiction. His lecture is titled “Alien Earth: Science Fiction, Posthumanism, and The Planet.”

Csicsery-Ronay will share his thoughts on how the international popularity of the science fiction genre has become one of the main factors behind the social imagination of hyper-modernization. He believes that it has become more than a literary genre, that it is now a way of thinking about the world.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Doherty Hall 1212

SuPing Lyu, the senior principal scientist and technical fellow at Medtronic Corporate Science and Technology, will give a lecture titled “Implantable Medical Devices and the Research.”

Lyu’s seminar will focus on two topics: the implantable medical devices that are in today’s market and the devices that are needed for the future. He will discuss how industrial scientists and engineers conduct their research to develop products. Graduate students interested in industrial careers are encouraged to attend.

“Beyond the Standard Model of Cosmology: Dark Energy, Neutrinos, and Primordial Non-Gaussianity”

Thursday at 9:30 p.m.

8325 Wean Hall

As part of the Astrophysics Seminar series, Shahab Joudaki, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss his theories on the outstanding problems in physics.

He will discuss how scientists, and those outside of the profession, understand the dark sector of the universe in terms of dark energy, neutrinos, and inflation. Dark energy and neutrinos are connected through their physical effects on distances and the clustering of matter; Joudaki will review surveys of these effects on mass.

In the second half of his talk, Joudaki will discuss a method of constraining dark matter density through its impact on ionization. He will share how experiments in the near future may constrain inflationary models.

CAUSE Speaker Series

Friday at 5 p.m.

Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)

Nick Salvatore, an American historian and a professor of American studies at Cornell University, will give a lecture titled “Singing in a Strange Land: C.L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America,” modeled after his newest book.

His book paints a portrait of C.L. Franklin, who was a civil rights pioneer, a minister, and the father of Aretha Franklin. In the book, Salvatore describes Franklin’s LP-recorded sermons and explores the rumors about his alcoholism, extramarital affairs, and illegitimate children. The book also connects his life and the rise of the American black church.

Salvatore received his bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.