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Dickson Prize Lecture

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Mellon Institute Auditorium

David Tirrell, recipient of Carnegie Mellon’s 2011 Dickson Prize in Science, will deliver a lecture on “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code.” The Dickson Prize is awarded annually to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution. Tirrell has made discoveries and advances in the fields of polymer chemistry and macromolecular engineering. He has been on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts and Carnegie Mellon, and currently works at the California Institute of Technology.

The Humanities Center Lectures: Identities in Conflict

Wednesday, March 23 at noon

Baker Hall 154R

Jennifer Gully, a Humanities Center Fellow, will speak on “Languages in Conflict: Migrants and the Monolingual Nation-State.” Her talk will outline the effects of immigration on primarily single-language nations, such as the United States and Germany.

Gully received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research looks at immigration law, “asking how and when language becomes a relevant legal category.”

University Lecture Series

Thursday, March 24 at 12:15 p.m.

Hamburg Hall 1000

Howard Dean will give a lecture titled “The Health of the Nation,” which will focus on his experiences as a physician and political activist. He has worked in several areas of government, giving him key insight into political techniques and innovations. Dean is a former Democratic National Committee Chairman, presidential candidate, six-term governor of Vermont, and physician.

He currently works as an independent consultant focusing on the areas of health care, early childhood development, alternative energy, and the expansion of grassroots politics around the world.

Carol Brown Lecture Series: James C. Bulman

Thursday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Adamson Auditorium (Baker Hall 136)

James C. Bulman will discuss “Three Faces of Hamlet: the potentials of performance criticism.” Bulman’s lecture will focus on three radically different performances of Hamlet, dissecting “the unpredictable, often playful intersection of history, material conditions, political and social contexts, and reception” which shaped them.

Bulman is a professor of English at Allegheny College. He has done research on subjects such as Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, Milton, modern drama, and performance studies. Bulman is the recipient of the Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching, and has held positions in the Shakespeare Association of America.

Nancy Cott Lecture

Friday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Baker Hall A53

In a lecture titled “Marriage on Trial: History Matters in Perry v. Schwarzenegger,” Nancy Cott will discuss the redefinitions of marriage throughout the past 200 years and the effects they have on the case for same-sex marriage. The lecture will focus on the recent case against Proposition 8 in California.

Cott is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University.