Lecture Previews

Spring Lecture Series: “On Order and Madness”

Monday at 6 p.m.

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

In his lecture titled “On Order and Madness,” Dale Clifford will discuss the emergence of new materials in architectural designs and the materials’ reliability. Clifford is an assistant professor of architecture at Carnegie Mellon and principal of the Arizona-based firm Binary Design.

Clifford was a founding member of the Emerging Materials Technology group at the University of Arizona. This group formed a research program that analyzed, tested, and modeled both traditional and new materials. The group further analyzed the performance-based building assemblies used with these materials.

Clifford’s research interests specialize in examining natural forming processes, patterns, and systems to develop building technologies.

Identity Equipment: Technology, Memory, Narrative

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Paul John Eakin, the Ruth N. Halls professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, will be presenting his lecture on identities in conflict.

He will use the latest research in neurology, cognitive science, memory studies, developmental psychology, and related fields in order to make his audience reevaluate their ideas of self-representation.

The experience of living in one’s body shapes one’s identity, while exploring relational and narrative modes of being, emphasizing social sources of identity, and demonstrating that humans are constantly evolving in relation to others.

Eakin plans to conclude by discussing the ethical issues raised by the conflict between the authorial impulse to life writing and a traditional, privacy-based ethics that those writings often violate.

“The Accidental Empire: Israel’s Settlement Dilemma, Past, and Future”

Wednesday at noon

837 William Pitt Union

Carnegie Mellon’s history department and the University of Pittsburgh’s department of Jewish studies will present senior correspondent for The American Prospect Gershom Gorenberg. Gorenberg is the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977. His lecture will be centered on this book and will discuss the history of Israel and its ongoing territorial issues. He has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and the New York Review of Books.

Human-Computer Interaction Institute Seminar

Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Newell-Simon Hall 1305

Jeremy Birnholtz, assistant professor at Cornell University and the University of Toronto, will discuss his latest research, titled “Butler Lies: How Media Attributes Shape Deception in Availability Management.”

He will present two exploratory studies of how people use text, IM, and SMS messaging to manage their availability. This study reveals how people use media strategically, sometimes deceptively, to explain and coordinate their behavior. More specifically, he will draw on both the technical properties of media and the social norms of their usage.

Birnholtz’s research aims to improve the usefulness and usability of communication and collaboration tools, focusing on understanding and exploiting mechanisms of human attention.