E-Portal Newsletter - March 2009

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March 15, 2009 Edition


In this issue:

Political scientist to examine U.S. voting behavior at March 26 Naamani Memorial Lecture

Vanderbilt University political scientist Marc Hetherington will speak March 26 at the University of Louisville about U.S. voters' perceptions of Jews and Arabs and the voting patterns for Jewish Americans and Arab Americans.

His free, public talk on "Authoritarianism, Jews, Arabs and American Political Behavior" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium.

Hetherington's talk, sponsored by the UofL College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2009 Naamani Memorial Lecture. Named for former UofL political science professor Israel Naamani, the lecture series brings to campus prominent scholars involved in Jewish, Middle East and Islamic studies.

The speaker is expected to talk about the concept of authoritarianism in politics and how it relates both to the general views of Jews and Arabs in the United States and to the political behavior of Jewish Americans and Arab Americans.

Hetherington is associate professor of political science and associate dean of graduate studies for Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Sciences, where he has worked since 2004. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Political Behavior.

He wrote the book Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism. His new book Authoritarianism and Polarization in America is set for release this year.

For more information, call Lee Shai Weissbach at 502-852-3755.

Math lecturer shares fascination with number patterns

The Fibonacci number sequence has intrigued scholars for centuries as it occurs in art, nature, music and magic. A professor who calls herself Dr. Quinn, Mathematics Woman will talk about the "Fibonacci Fascination" March 26 at the University of Louisville.

Jennifer Quinn, former executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, will speak at 6 p.m. in Room 101, Strickler Hall. The free, public talk is the annual Bullitt lecture sponsored by the mathematics department. The Bullitt family endowed the general-interest lectureship to honor former U.S. Solicitor General William Marshall Bullitt's interest in mathematics.

Leonardo Fibonacci was a 13th century mathematician who wrote about the number sequence in which the next number is created by adding the two preceding (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.). Quinn will talk about many natural examples of the Fibonacci numbers and the unusual spiraling patterns of the mathematical sequence.

Quinn is professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington-Tacoma, where she is developing its undergraduate math curriculum. Before working for the Association for Women in Mathematics in 2005-2007, she spent more than 12 years as a faculty member at Occidental College.

She is co-author of the book "Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof," which won the Mathematics Association of America's 2006 Beckenbach Book Prize. Quinn also served as co-editor of the association's Math Horizons magazine from 2004 to 2008.

For more information, call Jake Wildstrom at 502-852-5845 or check www.math.louisville.edu/Bullitt.

Saturday Academy sponsors March women's summit

New York-based relationship counselor Grace Cornish Livingstone will talk about "Black Women: Making Choices" at a March 28 luncheon during a women's summit organized by the Saturday Academy.

The third annual Sistah Summit, with the theme "Sistahs Work It Out: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," will run March 27-28 with most events at DuValle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave. The center is the site of the regular Saturday Academy, which UofL's College of Arts and Sciences organizes in partnership with community groups.

A Friday breakfast event, "Sistah to Sisterhood," will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. March 27 at Spalding University's cafeteria, 824 S. Fourth St. The breakfast is co-sponsored by Spalding's School of Social Work. Activist Suzy Post will be honored.

Friday's other event is the 6 p.m.-9 p.m. panel discussion "Brothahs Tell Sistahs: What Men Won't Tell You" at DuValle Education Center.

Saturday's 8 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule includes a performance by the UofL's African American Theater Program, Livingstone's luncheon talk and breakout sessions conducted by black female scholars, professionals, ministers, activists and other community members. Topics include financial fitness, faith, sexuality, racism, dating and family law. Also, Lucille Leggett, Aletha Fields and Shameka Parrish Wright will be honored for activism. Lunch and continental breakfast are included.

Livingstone, known as "Dr. Grace," is an author, psychologist, minister, Ebony magazine columnist and founder-executive director of Helping Others Progress Effectively (HOPE) Inc., a faith-based group.

Full-registration package for all events is $50, general, or $35, seniors and students.

For the Saturday luncheon only, registration is $25; admission to the Friday events is $15 for breakfast and $5 for the evening panel. Those three events are open to men and women.

To register or get more information, call Bani Hines-Hudson at 502-852-1397 or Marian Vasser at 502-852-2252.

Axton Festival of Film and Verse showcases student work, visiting speakers, April 9-11

The premiere of films using University of Louisville students' poems is among highlights for this year's Axton Festival of Film and Verse in April. The free, public festival, titled "The Soul That Grows in Darkness," will be April 9-11, with another off-campus event April 21.

Festivities open with an evening event, "Putting the Auteur Back in Author: A Poetry Reading from Wayne Miller and Larry Goldstein." The readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 9 in Ekstrom Library's Bingham Poetry Room.

Miller, University of Central Missouri associate professor of English and Pleaides journal editor, has won five Poetry Society of America awards and published two poetry collections. Goldstein, University of Michigan English professor and Michigan Quarterly Review editor, wrote several poetry and criticism books including "The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History."

Goldstein also will discuss "Dangerous Glamour: Poetry, Movies and the Public Imagination" at 3:30 p.m. April 10 in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building.

The April 10 events lead to the 7:30 p.m. film showings in the Swain Student Activities Center's Floyd Theater. "The Big Show" will mark the premiere of films based on poems by Jake Snider and John David Baumgarten, adapted by UofL alumnus Chad Thomas and Steven Matthews. The showings will include French surrealist Jean Cocteau's first film "The Blood of a Poet."

Other Cocteau films will be shown April 11 in Floyd Theater: "Orpheus" at 6 p.m. and "The Testament of Orpheus" at 8 p.m. The Louisville Film Society will host a question-and-answer session after the showings.

Later the society will sponsor the festival's "Film on Poets, Poets on Film: The San Francisco Renaissance" showing of film shorts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 21 at 21-C Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St.

Festival events are sponsored by the Axton Endowment in conjunction with UofL's English department, Student Activities Board and the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society as well as the Louisville Film Society and Derby City Film Festival.

For more information, call Derek Mong, the Axton poetry fellow in UofL's English department, 502-852-4742 or dcmong01@louisville.edu

Nobel laureate to open Chamblin Memorial Lecture series

New programs include atmospheric science bachelor's degree, physics doctorate

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek will be the inaugural speaker April 16 in the Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture series at the University of Louisville.

The free, public talk - "Anticipating a New Golden Age" - will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The physics and astronomy department launched the series to honor Chamblin, a former faculty member and theoretical physicist who died in 2006.

Wilczek, the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a theoretical physicist who won his Nobel in 2004 for work he did as a Princeton University graduate student. He has written several books including his 2008 "The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Unification of Forces." He will sign his books after the lecture.

He is expected to discuss how the large hadron collider, a giant scientific instrument in Europe, soon will enable people to see if some ideas about the laws of physics correctly describe reality. Wilczek will use rap video, photographic images and humor to show why the study of fundamental physics is poised to leap forward now.

The large hadron collider is expected to get some popular attention this year, as the Dan Brown best-selling novel "Angels and Demons" makes it to the big screen. The book and movie focus on a fictional plot to destroy the Vatican using antimatter created at and stolen from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research which built the collider in a tunnel beneath the French-Swiss border.

Wilczek's talk is the highlight of several campus activities planned that week to celebrate the department's new academic programs: a UofL doctorate in physics and a bachelor of science degree in atmospheric science.

Visitors can tour the program's new atmospheric science laboratory and other facilities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16; tours begin in the first-floor department office, Natural Sciences Building.

For more information, check www.physics.louisville.edu/content/celebration.html or contact David Brown, department chair, at 502-852-6790 or D.N.Brown@louisville.edu.