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Center for Arts in Society Series: Cipriana Jurado Herrera

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Cipriana Jurado Herrera, a human rights activist from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, will give a lecture titled “Human Rights and the ‘Drug War’ in Mexico.” She received political refugee status in the United States because of her persecution by Mexican military and security rights forces, making her the first to receive such a status in the context of the current drug war.

In this lecture, she will discuss her experiences as an assembly plant worker in Ciudad Juárez; her work as an activist working on behalf of workers and women who have disappeared or been killed in Juárez; and her recent work denouncing human rights abuses stemming from the militarization of northern Mexico. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the Global Studies program.

University Lecture Series: Phillip Scanlan

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Baker Hall A53

Although he currently holds the position of the Australian Consul General in New York, Phillip Scanlan has had a career spanning the fields of enterprise, education, public policy, NGO entrepreneurship, and diplomacy.

Scanlan, whose business experience includes serving as a senior executive for Coca-Cola Amatil, holds master’s degrees from both the University of Oxford and Harvard University.

Scanlan’s lecture, “Global Engagement in an Ever-Challenging World,” is co-sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and the American Middle East Institute.

School of Design Lecture Series: Victor Margolin

Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Margaret Morrison 103

Victor Margolin is the professor emeritus of design history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues.

Margolin is the author, editor, or co-editor for a number of books. He is currently working on a three-volume series, World History of Design.
Margolin will present a lecture titled “Democracy and Design in a Troubled World” as part of the School of Design’s “Design the Future” lecture series, in which guest speakers share their perspectives on the ways in which design can shape the world.

SCS Distinguished Lecture Series: Patrick Cousot

Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (GHC 4401)

Patrick Cousot, a computer science professor at New York University and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, will deliver a talk titled “Abstract Interpretation: Principles and Applications,” based on his own research.

In Cousot’s lecture, he will introduce the basic notions of abstract interpretation. Cousot will then describe the methodology for the systematic development of sound abstract interpretation-based tools.

Cousot is the co-inventor of abstract interpretation. He has won numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Fakultät Mathematik und Informatik of the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany. Cousot has also been a member of the Academia Europæa since 2006.