Lecture Previews

Title: University Lecture Series — “Where'd You Get Those?”

The Basics: Bobbito Garcia — writer, DJ, entertainer, and sneaker expert — will discuss the significance of sneakers in urban culture.

Garcia will also talk about his role as a leader in urban culture and the development of sneaker culture in sports, fashion, music, dance, television, and video games.

He is the author of Where’d You Get Those? New York City’s Sneaker Culture: 1960–1987 (Testify Books, 2003), which explores the growth of sneaker culture from the perspective of the initial group of sneaker aficionados.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Title: Drue Heinz Lectures — Judith Jones

The Basics: Judith Jones, esteemed literary editor at Alfred A. Knopf and editor to American author John Updike for 40 years, will speak about her editorial relationship with Updike.

She will discuss his last published work, Endpoint and Other Poems, released last week, as well as other highlights of her career.

Prior to her career as an editor, Jones served as an editorial assistant in Paris, where she introduced the French edition of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, which was later published by Doubleday.

Jones also introduced Julia Child to the American public and served as the editor of Child’s cookbooks. Jones is herself the author of The Tenth Muse, My Life In Food (Knopf, 2007).

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall

Title: University Lecture Series — “Take what you have and make of it what you can: An Introspection”

The Basics: Milton Fine, chairman of FFC Capital, will explain how one can learn from small lessons in everyday life while determining one’s future by acting on big ideas.

Fine will discuss his journey from his working-class roots in Pittsburgh, and how his interests in contemporary art, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy helped shape the course of his life.

He is the founder of the world’s largest independent hotel management company, the chair of the board of the Carnegie Museum of Art, a lifetime trustee of the Carnegie Institute, and one of the founders of the Andy Warhol Museum.

Fine is also the founder of The Fine Foundation, a private family foundation.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 103)

Title: LCS Colloquium Series — Humanism Panel

The Basics: The Literary and Cultural Studies Program will present a panel of three Carnegie Mellon experts speaking on different aspects of humanism.

Michael Chemers, assistant professor of dramatic literature and the founding director of the Production Dramaturgy Program, will present on “PHRONESIS: Re-conceiving Dramaturgy as a Cultural Studies Discipline;”

Michael West, teaching professor of French and francophone studies, will speak about “Monsters and Aliens —Oh, the Humanity!: On Some Motifs in David Bowie”; and Dan Markowicz, Ph.D. student in literary and cultural studies, will discuss “Five Theses on the Politics of Humanism.”

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Swank Room (Baker Hall 255B)