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Bill Shore Lecture

Tuesday, April 12 at noon

Hamburg Hall 1000

Pittsburgh native Bill Shore will discuss his newest book, The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men: Inspiration, Vision, and Purpose in the Quest to End Malaria.

Shore is the founder of Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization seeking to end childhood hunger in America.

He has served on several senatorial and presidential campaign staffs and has served as chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D–Nebraska). He is a former adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

In 2005, Shore was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

Rayvon Fouché Lecture

Wednesday, April 13 at 4 p.m.

Newell-Simon Hall 1305

Rayvon Fouché will speak on “Merckx and the Machine: Governing Bodies, Banned Technologies, and the Future of Sport.”

Eddy Merckx set the record for longest distance bicycled in an hour in 1972, on a standard bicycle. Years later, his record would be broken on a non-traditional bicycle, specifically developed to assist in such a feat. But in 1996, all records since Merckx’s were wiped, and it was required that record-seekers make their attempts on traditional bicycles.

Fouché will discuss the way governing bodies in sports have reacted to technologies that enhance athletes’ accomplishments.

Fouché is an associate professor of history and research associate professor of the Information Trust Institute of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His work explores the intersections of cultural representation, racial identification, and technological use.

AB Lectures Presents: Dan Savage

Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Dan Savage will be answering questions, signing autographs, and speaking on his new book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. Savage is the author of the “Savage Love” sex column.

More recently, he has become known for starting the “It Gets Better” project on YouTube, which asks people to upload videos about their positive experiences in the LGBT community, in an attempt to help young people who are bullied for their sexual identity.

Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture: William Swartout

Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Gates Hillman Center 4401

William Swartout will deliver a lecture titled, “What Have We Learned From Virtual Humans?”

Swartout will discuss the computer-generated characters that have been built at the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Creative Technologies.

The ultimate goal of Swartout’s work is to create virtual humans which look and behave like real people, using artificial intelligence strategies such as computer vision, natural language understanding, and emotional modeling.

Swartout will speak on the overlap between those strategies and the possible future of virtual humans.

Swartout is the director of technology for the Institute for Creative Technologies and a research professor of computer science at USC.