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The Right to Look; Or, Why We Occupy

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

Nicholas Mirzoeff, a professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University, will present a talk about the developing field of visual culture.

Mirzoeff’s most recent work was the “Mind of Cleveland,” a public art project, on which he worked with contemporary artist Carl Pope. He also worked with Jeremy Deller on “It is What It is: Conversations About Iraq” at the New Museum in New York.

Mirzoeff’s talk is part of this year’s Humanities Center Lectures: “Imagining Planetarity.”

School of Art Spring Lecture Series

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts

Katrin Sigurdardottir will examine the concepts of distance and memory, and their embodiments in architecture, urbanism, cartography, and traditional landscape representations.

As a contemporary artist, Sigurdardottir claims that there is a mnemonic aspect to her work. When creating her work, she uses places based on reality.

Her most recent solo exhibitions include works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York; the Suburban, in Illinois; Galeria Leme Sao Paulo, in Brazil; and FRAC Bourgogne, in France.

Sigurdardottir has received numerous fellowships and awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue.

Drawing on Darwin: Evolutionary History and the Use of Science in History

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Edmund Russell will give a lecture about the connection between science and history. He is a professor in the department of science, technology, and society at the University of Virginia.

Russell’s talk is built on the principle that science offers ideas that can help historians understand the past. He will describe some promises and pitfalls of synthesizing history and science.

A Conversation on Global Economic Issues with Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts

Robert B. Zoellick, the 11th president of the World Bank Group, will discuss his term as president and the state of the global economy.

Zoellick has been vice chairman, international, of the Goldman Sachs Group. He served in former President George W. Bush’s cabinet as the U.S. trade representative for four years and then as deputy secretary of state for one year. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served in the departments of State and the Treasury.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, the Thomas M. Kerr, Jr. Pre-Law Society of Carnegie Mellon University, and the global studies major. It will be moderated by Kiron K. Skinner, associate professor in the department of social and decision sciences.