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Title: Journeys Series — “Waiting for Life To Happen”

The Basics: Roberta Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon professor of psychology, will deliver the second “Journeys” lecture of the semester, in which faculty members share their reflections on their everyday actions, decisions, challenges, and joys. Klatzky will discuss her belief that the definition of life is found not in life’s defining moments, but in smaller, seemingly ordinary experiences.

The lecture is part of the University Lecture Series.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: Drue Heinz Lectures — Azar Nafisi

The Basics: Celebrated Iranian author Azar Nafisi will speak about her work. Nafisi is a former professor of literature at the University of Tehran and the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (Random House, 2003).

In the novel, Nafisi describes how she left her job as an English professor at Tehran University and subsequently taught a private literature class in her home to seven Iranian women. The women discussed controversial works of Western literature including Lolita, The Great Gatsby, and Madame Bovary.

Nafisi immigrated to the United States in 1997 and is currently a visiting fellow and professorial lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is the first Drue Heinz Lecture of the semester. The Drue Heinz lecture series is sponsored by Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures.

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

The Basics: Brooklyn-based artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy will discuss their work, which focuses on how the structure of our thoughts, experiences, and memories is expressed through genre and repetition.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Kresge Recital Hall, College of Fine Arts

Title: University Lecture Series — “Calculating Engines: Minds, Bodies, Sex and Machines on the Eve of the Enlightenment”

The Basics: Jonathan Sawday, professor of English studies at the University of Strathclyde, will discuss the ideas of pre-Enlightenment philosophers Descartes, Hobbes, Pascal, and Leibniz regarding artificial life and “thinking machines.”

Sawday will end his discussion by talking about the “anti-machine,” the malfunctioning sex machines of Earl of Rochester John Wilmot, which were developed in the late 17th century.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Mona Hatoum

The Basics: Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum will discuss her work. Hatoum began her career as a performance artist before branching out to a broader range of media, including installation, sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. She currently lives in London.

The lecture is the 2007 Robert Lepper Distinguished Lecture in Creative Enquiry.

When: Friday at 7 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center