Lecture Previews

University Lecture Series: David R. Shumway

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

The Center for the Arts in Society will sponsor an event in recognition of English professor David Shumway’s book, Director John Sayles: Critical Realism and New Left Cinema.

Shumway examines the defining characteristic of the contemporary independent filmmaker’s cinema: realism.

Shumway’s study details the conditions under which Sayles’ films, such as Matewan, Eight Men Out, Passion Fish, and Lone Star, have been produced, distributed, and exhibited, and how they affect the way in which these films have been understood and appreciated.

Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy: Warren M. Washington

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

The lecture series in environmental science, technology, and policy, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and the Office of Student Affairs, presents Warren M. Washington.

Washington is an internationally recognized expert on climate research. His talk will be titled “Climate Modeling, Societal Impacts and Environmental Justice.” He specializes in computer modeling of Earth’s climate. He has published almost 200 papers in professional journals, garnered dozens of national and international awards, and served as a science adviser to former presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

The talk is hosted by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.

School of Art Lecture Series: Wangechi Mutu
Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theater,

College of Fine Arts

Wangechi Mutu will present this week’s School of Art lecture. Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist who currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mutu is interested in female subjects and issues that pertain to the picture of a post-colonial Africa. The female body is a primary site of engagement and provocation in her work. Mutu’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the globe.

Conflict Kitchen

Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Room 111,

College of Fine Arts

Art professor Jon Rubin and Conflict Kitchen manager Robert Sayre will lead a discussion on a Carnegie Mellon culinary and art project, Conflict Kitchen.

Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront, and the menu changes countries on a six-month rotation to highlight a new location. Cuban food will be served during the discussion free of charge.

Herb Toor Lecture: Anthony Cugini

Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

Doherty Hall 1112

Anthony Cugini, the director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, will deliver the Department of Chemical Engineering 2012 Herb Toor Lecture.

Cugini will give a presentation titled “Current Energy Trends Highlight the Need for Development of Advanced Carbon Management Techniques.”