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Second year of President's Lecture Series begins Oct. 23

year of President's Lecture Series begins Oct. 23 The lecture series started by President Shirley M. Tilghman last year to bring together faculty members from different disciplines will continue this year with three more lectures, the first of which takes place at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

The President's Lecture Series grew out of meetings Tilghman had with faculty shortly after she was named president in 2001. She asked for suggestions for new programs, and faculty responded with the idea for a forum where they could come together and learn about the work other faculty members are doing in a variety of fields.

These lectures are planned for the 2002-03 academic year:

  • On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and chair of the Council of the Humanities, will speak on "Technica Curiosa: Technology and Magic in Early Modern Europe." He will discuss how scholars and philosophers began to take an interest in technology and will argue that a temporary union between magic and engineering, which took place in the 15th and 16th centuries, had much to do with this change - and with the rise of what came to be called the "new" or "mechanical philosophy" of the 17th century.
  • On Wednesday, Dec. 11, Carol Armstrong, the Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies and professor of art and archaeology, will present a talk concerning Manet and Ce4zanne, the "heroics" of modernism and a feminist alternative to the canonical accounts of their art.
  • On Wednesday, March 5, Vincent Poor, professor of electrical engineering, will address the recent revolution in wireless communications that has led to a host of applications involving "anytime, anywhere" connectivity for the communication of voice, text and other media. He will explore the social, political and economic issues that are emerging with the new technology as they did with broadcast radio and the Internet in the 20th century.
  • All lectures will begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Oct. 23 address by Grafton will take place in 101 Friend Center; the locations of the other two will be announced.

    The events will be Webcast live by WebMedia.

    Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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