e-Portal Newsletter, Winter 2012

January 2012 Edition:

A&S to induct five new members into its Hall of Honor

A respected scholar of Italian Renaissance … An internationally acclaimed religious activist … A prominent Louisville attorney and community leader … A leading mental health care advocate in Kentucky … And one of the leading authorities on 16th century England.

Hall of Honor medallion300px.jpgThree emeriti professors and two distinguished alumni will be inducted into the University of Louisville College of Arts & Sciences Hall of Honor in 2012. They are: Dario Covi, professor emeritus of Fine Arts; Riffat Hassan, professor emeritus of Humanities; Sheila Schuster, a 1973 psychology alumnus; Richard Northern, a 1970 English alumnus and Joe Slavin, professor emeritus of Humanities and History and former A&S dean.

Established during the college’s centennial celebration in 2007, the Hall of Honor recognizes alumni, students, faculty, administrators, staff and other supporters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the college, university, local community and the larger society.
The 2012 inductees will be honored at the Hall of Honor ceremony, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Speed Art Museum auditorium.
See louisville.edu/artsandsciences/hallofhonor to read bios of the new Hall of Honor members.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist to give PBK Lecture

Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, will deliver the University of Louisville Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Feb 7, at 6 p.m. in the School of Music’s Comstock Hall. The lecture, titled "Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America,” is free and open to the public.

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Robinson's talk will concern his most recent book, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), a study of the current fracturing of the African American populace into four quite different, and too often detached, socio-economic groups

Robinson’s twice-weekly column focuses on politics and culture. He also contributes to the PostPartisan blog, and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a 30-year career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

Robinson was awarded a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” He is known not only for his energy, curiosity and elegant writing style but for the perspective he brings from a childhood in the segregated South.

Robinson also is the author of Last Dance in Havana (2004), and Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race (1999).

See PBK Lecture 2012 - Eugene Robinson for more information about Eugene Robinson and the PBK Lecture. 

Meet the Professor – Spring 2012

What can we learn from our immune system? What makes a great city? Can the ideas of a 19th century Russian prince save our species from destroying itself? How might public memory of school desegregation in Louisville influence the debate over where we go from here?
The questions posed by A&S faculty during the spring 2012 “Meet the Professor” luncheons promise to be as profound as they are diverse. The monthly lecture series, which is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, kicked off with a discussion by Rinda Frye, professor and chair of the Department of Theater Arts, on Jan. 12. “The Living Shakespeare: A View from the Stage.” During her lecture, Frye examined the enduring popularity of Shakespeare’s plays and discussed how the views of actors and theater professions toward the Bard differ from those of literary critics and other scholars. 
Here is the rest of 2012 “Meet the Professor” spring schedule:

  • Feb. 2, “Changing Bodies and Lifestyles: Lessons from the Immune System,” Fabian Crespo, professor in the Department of Anthropology with research interests in evolutionary biology, human evolution and immunology. For the last 10,000 years humans have been facing significant changes in lifestyle and health, challenging the immune system and pushing it toward constant new adjustments. Crespo will discuss how our immune system continues to evolve, and show the role of infectious disease in shaping immune responses.
  • March 1, “What Makes a Great City? Looking at the World from Louisville,” Hank Savitch, Brown and Williamson Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. What makes a city “great”?  A city’s magical appeal should generate enthusiasm, admiration and reverence. You will learn to recognize Savitch’s “4 Cs”—currency, cosmopolitanism, concentration and charisma. And you will have a chance to discover how Savitch ranks Louisville in these crucial areas.
  • March 29, “The Prince of Evolution: Peter Kropotkin's Adventures in Science and Politics,” Lee Dugatkin, professor of biology and a Distinguished University Scholar. Dugatkin will introduce Russian Prince Kropotkin (1842-1921)—one of the world’s first international celebrities. Kropotkin wrote books on a dazzling array of topics, from evolution and ethics to penal systems and the coming industrial revolution in the East. A common thread—Kropotkin’s Law of Mutual Aid—tied these works together, and today might permit science to help save our species from destroying itself.  (NOTE: This is an evening event. Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m., University Club.)
  • April 5, “From Brown to Meredith: Remembering the Struggle for School Desegregation,” Tracy K'Meyer, professor and chair of the Department of History and the co-director of the Oral History Center. Drawing on over 100 oral history interviews with local people, K'Meyer will recount the story of desegregation in Louisville and Jefferson County Public Schools. She will also explore current contrasts and tensions concerning how we as a community remember that struggle. How does public memory influence the debate over where we go from here?

Talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. Student admission is $7. Lunch is included. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu at least three days prior each event.

Special Evening Meet the Professor talk: Prof. Dugatkin's "The Prince of Evolution"

Dugatkin-Prince-of-Evolution-coverIn his new book, The Prince of Evolution: Peter Kropotkin's Adventures in Science and Politics, University of Louisville biology professor Lee Alan Dugatkin tells the tale of one of the world’s first modern, international celebrities—scientist, explorer, historian, political scientist and former Russian prince, Peter Kropotkin.

In the book, Dugatkin studies Kropotkin’s life and writings, which shared a common thread—Kropotkin’s Law of Mutual Aid. This law, Dugatikin argues, might today permit science to help save our species from destroying itself.

He will give a special evening lecture on the subject, March 29, at 6 p.m. at the University Club as part of the spring 2012 “Meet the Professor” series.

An excerpt from The Prince of Evolution was featured in a recent issue of Scientific American magazine.

>A Distinguished University Scholar, Dugatkin’s main area of research interest is the evolution of social behavior. He is currently studying the evolution of cooperation, aggression, disease virulence, antibiotic resistance, senescene and risk-taking behavior as well as the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution.
Reservations for his March 29 lecture are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. Student admission is $7. Dinner is included. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than March 26.

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2012 A&S Alumni Fellows Award Nominations accepted through February 6

Over the years, the College has continued to produce top-notch graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions and have made significant contributions to their communities on a local, state, national and/or international level. 

With over 40,000 living A&S Alumni, we need your help identifying and recognizing our most outstanding individuals. We are currently seeking nominations for the A&S Alumni Fellows Award to be given during Homecoming week next Fall. A college committee and Dean Hudson will review nominations and submit our recommendations to the Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees for final selection of the A&S Alumni Fellow.

Full criteria as well as a nomination form and list of past recipients can be found at uofl.me/as-alumni-fellows. Nominations are due into the Dean's Office by February 6, 2012.

A&S Annual Basketball Gamewatch set for March 3

Ul bballJoin fellow A&S alumni and friends, March 3, at The Red Barn for “the thrill and excitement of college basketball” as the University of Louisville fighting Cardinals close out the 2011-12 regular season at Syracuse.

The annual basketball gamewatch party, which is co-sponsored by UofL's Red Barn Alumni Association, promises to be big fun as the Cards take on the mighty Orange in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Lindsey Ronay at 853-3252 or lindsey.ronay@louisville.edu