Lecture Previews

Constitution Day Keynote

Monday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Posner Center

Bill Peduto, chair of the Committee on Finance Law, is serving his third term as a member of Pittsburgh City Council. He will discuss his role on the City Council in his address. Peduto represents the East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Friendship, Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill as the Committee on Finance Law chair.

“Innovation in the Healthcare Industry and an Illustrative Case Study”

Monday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Wean Hall 5403

Thomas Dudar, a distinguished engineer at Baxter International, Inc., will draw upon nearly 30 years of R&D experience in the healthcare industry to provide insights into how innovation occurs in an industrial setting. Dudar will highlight the importance of being cutting-edge to the success of Baxter International, Inc. and dive into detail about the various innovative processes. He will also offer tips on becoming a successful innovator, which will be drawn from his personal insights. His lecture will conclude with the lessons he learned from a case study illustrative of innovation spanning the product life cycle.

School of Art’s Lecture Series: Pauline Oliveros

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theater, CFA

Pauline Oliveros is an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, and humanitarian in the American music scene. She will discuss her method of melding diverse musical influences to create her unique sound. Her method involves improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching, and meditation.

Oliveros coined the term “deep listening,” which is the idea of realizing the essence of harmony and the pleasure of creating music. She describes the notion as a way of listening in every possible way to all that is capable of being heard, no matter what one may be doing.

Annie Sprinkle: “My Life and Work as a Feminist Porn Activist, Ecosexual, and Radical Sex Educator”

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Annie Sprinkle, porn-star-turned-artist and sexologist, has dedicated the past 38 years to studying sexuality in its many forms.

She will share and present her current work on love, breast cancer, and caring for the Earth. Sprinkle will also include mini-performances in her talk to stimulate discussion about her work.

Tavia La Follette: Center for the Arts in Society

Thursday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Tavia La Follette will be discussing her artwork, “Sites of Passage” and the “Firefly Tunnel.” This project was an artist exchange between Egypt and the United States.

For the project, she ran a three-week performance art and installation workshop, developing an artistic passageway for the exchange of ideas.