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University Lecture Series: A Science for Sustainable Living

Today at 5 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Fritjof Capra is a physicist and systems theorist, as well as a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, Calif. Capra is a faculty member of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership program and an instructor at Schumacher College in England.

Center for the Arts in Society Event: Staging Water Rites

Tuesday, April 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Porter Hall 100

Soyini Madison, a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University, will lead a discussion on water as a human right. She will speak on acts of water activism concerning the corporate privatization of public water systems in Ghana in western Africa. There will be a look back at an activist performance at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2006.

Can the Severely Disabled have a Meaningful Life?

Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m.

Doherty Hall 2210

Dawn Parkot was the first student to graduate from Notre Dame with multiple disabilities. She is a disabilities advocate, and she talks openly about her own life living with athetoid cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord trauma, and a speech impediment.

First Annual Sneakerology Spring Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Doherty Hall 2210

D’Wayne Edwards, former design director at Jordan Brand, will speak at this event. Edwards has designed select Nike Air Jordans, as well as shoes lines for other prominent athletes including Carmelo Anthony, Derek Jeter, and Roy Jones Jr. Edwards also founded a competitive shoe design program for university students called PENSOLE.

Identities in Conflict, The Recognition of Migrants: Moslem Immigrants, Inhospitable Europeans

Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Baker Hall A51

Ali Behdad, department chair of the department of comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, will focus on the way Western European politicians, pundits, and journalists represent Muslim immigrants. He will discuss the many public perceptions of Muslims in Europe, their effect on an immigrant’s everyday life, and the prospect of “harmonious co-existence” in Europe.

University Lecture Series: Kongo Carolina Kongo New Orleans

Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Robert Fariss Thompson of Yale University will speak about African art, presenting its many facets including sound, song, and motion. His lecture is titled “Where the High-Five Came From.” Thompson will link aspects of Yoruba worship to its influences in the Black Americas.

Thompson is the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale. His newest book, Aesthetic of the Cool: Afro-Atlantic Art and Music, will be published in Pittsburgh.