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Luncheon talks showcase professors’ research, interests

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Jan 03, 2014 09:41 AM

Researchers who can offer a taste of topics ranging from global climate change to Edwardian paintings and from author Virginia Woolf to rainforest ants will speak during a University of Louisville luncheon lecture series this spring.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college's research and cultural offerings.

The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or no later than the Monday before each event.

Here are the spring 2014 semester talks:

Jan. 9 – "Stewardship in a Time of Global Climate Change,” Keith Mountain, professor and chair of geography and geosciences. He will talk about how climate change is a measurable reality and how people have contributed to the trends; Mountain also will propose some options for environmental management.

Feb. 6 – “Behavior and Ecology of Ants in the Tropical Rainforest Canopy,” Steve Yanoviak, biology professor and Wallace chair of conservation. He will highlight his recent research into ant behavior, ecology and evolution and explain why the tropical treetop dwellers face biological and environmental challenges.

March 6 – “Virginia Woolf Among the Lunatics: Women and Mental Illness in the Early 20th Century,” Suzette Henke, English professor and Thruston Morton chair of literary studies. She will talk about why modern scholars consider the author’s mental distress an affliction of genius and will compare Woolf’s reported symptoms with those of institutionalized patients at the time. 

April 10 – “The Nicholsons in Bloomsbury: Painting Edwardian Domesticity,” Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, art history professor. He will discuss nuances of William Orpen’s painting “A Bloomsbury Family 1907” and why the pictured mother, Mabel Nicholson, disapproved of that labeling of her London household.



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