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The schedule of classes for this year's Mini College is posted below. Please review this schedule before registering for the Mini College. Some classes overlap with others, and some classes require a second session at another time.


This schedule was printed on April 24, 2014, and may have changed since that date. Please confirm schedule choices online at minicollege.ku.edu

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Monday, June 3, 2013

8:45‑9:00Welcome and Orientation
Danny Anderson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jessica Beeson, Director of Community Engagement, CLAS
9:00‑10:15Keynote

Collections: How We Get Them and Why We Keep Them

10:30‑11:45Choice of Sessions
Communication Disorders in Adults: Aging, Strokes and Hearing Loss
SPLH Faculty, Speech-Language-Hearing

Participants are invited to the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic to learn about the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the impacts of communication disorders acquired after stroke/brain injury, and the normal aging effects on hearing and communication. Participants will have to opportunity to interact with speech-language pathologists and audiologists, view hearing aids and instrumentation used in hearing assessments, and tour one of the largest labs in the region dedicated to the latest computer technology and software for individuals with communication disorders.

Making Sense of the Sky
David Besson, Physics and Astronomy

Focus on how people with no direct instruments or experimental information historically construed the world above them.

Americans in Paris, Part Deux: The Jazz Age
Stephen Evans, English

Since before the founding of the Republic, Paris has played a central role in the ever-evolving American experience. This year?s session will focus on a favorite ?American Paris,? the brief period that F. Scott Fitzgerald termed the ?Jazz Age??the years between World War I and the party-ending Crash of 1929. This luminous era witnessed Sylvia Beach?s heroic publication of James Joyce?s "Ulysses" (1922); the Stein?s incalculable influences on modern art and literature; Fitzgerald?s publication of "The Great Gatsby" (1925); and Ernest Hemingway?s emergence as arguably the most influential writer of the 20th Century. At the same time, Paris was electrified by an important movement of Black American ?ex-pats?: authors, artists, and entertainers who found acceptance, appreciation, even adulation from tout le monde. For this brilliant cadre of Americans, Paris was indeed their oyster, and during our brief journey back in time we will examine, through film clips and excerpts from the texts, the reasons for that.

12:00‑1:15Lunch

Opening Day Lunch

2:15‑3:30Choice of Sessions
Monarch Watch (Double-Length Class)
Orley 'Chip' Taylor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Double-length class! Continues from 3:30 to 5:00 pm!

Monarch migration is considered to be one of the world's greatest natural phenomena. Each fall, the monarch migrates from the United States and Canada to overwintering sites in Mexico to wait out a safe return in the spring. Unfortunately, milkweeds and nectar sources are gradually declining because of the rapid use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides. Monarchs need milkweed plants as hosts for their larvae and nectar from flowers to thrive. Without either, they cannot produce offspring at rates sufficient for continued survival of the species or make the long journey to the overwintering areas in Mexico. That's where Monarch Watch steps in. March Watch is an organization dedicated to educating, conserving, and researching the monarch butterflies.

Implications of Animal Behavior for Humans
Jennifer Gleason, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Humans share an evolutionary history with all other organisms, yet we like to think of ourselves as special, the pinnacle of evolution. Are we really that different from other animals? Although scientists have used animals models for decades in research of diseases, predominantly for studies that would be entirely unethical in humans, the natural behaviors of animals can tell us much about the origins of human conditions. By examining contemporary comparative research, we will examine the similarities and differences of behaviors across shared evolutionary history and the implications for our own well-being.

Paying Attention to Your Attention Deficits
Robert Harrington, Psychology and Research in School of Education

It is conservatively estimated that 5 to 6 percent of school age children will have attention deficits in school but what happens to them when they graduate from school? Do their attention deficits just go away? We just don?t hear much about adults with attention deficits. Are they successful in their lives, in their work, in their relationships? How can someone tell if they have attention deficits as an adult? What can be done to manage and cope with attention deficits in adulthood? What could happen if you are in a relationship with someone with attention deficits? Are there happy endings? The purpose of this mini-course is to explore attention deficits and their effects in adult life.

Hurrah, frei Kansas! German Immigrants in KS Territory and the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1854-61
William Keel, Germanic Languages and Literatures

This discussion will focus on the German element in the struggle to create a slave-free state in Territorial Kansas. We will focus on several individuals who played a significant role such as Karl F. Kob who wrote a German settlers? guide to Kansas Territory in 1857 and several Germans/Austrians who rode with John Brown. Additionally we will examine others who were involved in the establishment of Humboldt, KS, as an anti-slavery bulwark by Germans and then lead into the participation of German immigrants in the first year of the Civil War on the Western Frontier in several Kansas units.

A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian Woman
John Younger, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Classics

When she was born, a woman was announced on the door of her house by a fillet of sheep wool. By 5 she was enrolled in her tribe as an eligible bride, by 8 she was taught to weave (the occupation of her entire life [= the sheep wool]), by 12 betrothed, by 15 married, by 20 a mother, and (having survived the birth of her children) by 30 a grandmother. A woman could not leave the home without a male chaperone except to fetch water at public fountains and to clean the tombs of her (and her husband's) ancestors. These places, the house with her husband away, the public fountains, and the cemetery, were then women's spaces. This course explores these issues and spaces, and interrogates the freedoms of ancient Athenian women, their opportunities for self-expression, and the sites of their resistance.

3:45‑5:00Choice of Sessions
Shrinking Laboratory: From Bench to Bedside
Yong Zeng, Chemistry

Over the past few decades, shrinking electronic devices, such as cell phones and computers, have completely changed the way we live. Success of electronics revolution has been inspiring us to miniaturize chemical and biological instruments to transform scientific research and public health care. Lab-on-a-chip devices with the size of a computer CPU or credit card now can perform the lab procedures that once required bulky benchtop instruments housed in conventional laboratories. In this lecture, an overview of state-of-the-art lab-on-a-chip technology will be presented along with a report of recent progress in the applications to single cell analysis, cancer research, and clinical diagnostics.

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
David Johnson, Psychology and Gerontology

Dr. Johnson will review current research on Alzheimer?s disease as a systemic, chronic disease and then discuss how preventative medicine can be used to improve long-term clinical outcomes of the disease.

Origins of Writing
Paul Mirecki, Religious Studies

The Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas has an extremely rare collection of ancient Babylonian clay tablets containing the earliest known form of writing (cuneiform). These writings were excavated in the early 20th century in the ancient cities of Babylon, Ur and Uruk. They cover a variety of subjects, including a physician?s testimony on the death of executed prisoners, temple prayers written by priests, court documents and business receipts. They also touch on issues and refer to people known from the Bible like the Babylonian kings Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus, to the legendary figure Gilgamesh, to Babylonian goddesses and gods Bel, Marduk and Eanna. The actual tablets will be present for close viewing after an informative lecture.

Monarch Watch (Double-Length Class)
Orley 'Chip' Taylor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Double-length class! Continued from 2:15 to 3:30 pm!

Monarch migration is considered to be one of the world's greatest natural phenomena. Each fall, the monarch migrates from the United States and Canada to overwintering sites in Mexico to wait out a safe return in the spring. Unfortunately, milkweeds and nectar sources are gradually declining due to the rapid use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides. Monarchs need milkweed plants as hosts for their larvae and nectar from flowers to thrive. Without either, they cannot produce offspring at rates sufficient for continued survival of the species or make the long journey to the overwintering areas in Mexico. That's where Monarch Watch steps in. March Watch is an organization dedicated to educating, conserving, and researching the monarch butterflies.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

8:30‑5:00Choice of Sessions
Day at the KU Field Station
Helen Alexander, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
W. Dean Kettle, University of Kansas Field Station
Val Smith, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Scott Campbell, Kansas Biological Survey
Kelly Kindscher, Kansas Biological Survey, EEB, ESP
Bryan Foster, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Daniel Hirmas, Geography
Chad Kraus, Architecture

This event runs all day.

Since 1947 the KU Field Station, encompassing over 3,400 acres, has provided an extensive outdoor venue supporting a wide variety of field-based research activities, teaching, and education at the University of Kansas. Scientists, in particular, but also engineers, architects, artists, writers, and others including many students come here for diverse purposes which range from conducting large-scale research experiments to finding simple inspiration from Nature. We welcome you here today to receive an inside look at several of the current activities and research projects.

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9:00‑10:15Deans Talk
Deans,

Join deans from multiple units across campus as they discuss what's going on in their units and the challenges they face in these roles.

10:15‑11:45Choice of Sessions
Lessons of Leadership
Bill Lacy, Dole Institute of Politics

Dole Director Bill Lacy shares leadership lessons he?s learned from guests at the Dole Institute and his own political/business career before. While most of these lessons are from politics they apply universally to tough decisions faced by leaders at all levels.

From Roots to Return: Tourism, Pilgrimages and Slave Forts in West Africa
Kim Warren, History

Since the publication of Alex Haley's "Roots" in 1976, the advent of DNA testing in the 1990s, and President Obama's trip to Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana, Americans have been more and more interested in genealogy and family trees, as well as West Africa's importance as a tourist destination for families with links to the continent. Professor Kim Warren will present a history of Americans' relationship to West Africa and the Atlantic slave trade. Through a series of photographs from Senegal, Ghana, and the Gambia, Warren will show participants how West Africans use the physical remnants of slave forts and castles (originally built as early as the 15th century) in order to attract travelers, preserve the history of slavery, and help tourists from throughout the world fill in the missing branches on their family trees.

How to Read and Write Poetry
Jerry Masinton, English

First of all, we?ll read one or two short poems by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Mary Oliver, discovering how they say something big and important through the precise description of a concrete situation. Then we?ll reverse the process and write our own poems about something very specific and concrete that suggests larger meanings.

Architecture: A 5,000-Year Weight Loss Program
John Gaunt, Dean of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning

Professor Gaunt will take you on a 5,000-year journey from Giza in ancient Egypt to the 21st century wonders of the Global Village -- a journey in which culture and technology have taken us by fits and starts from the immeasurably heavy to comparative weightlessness. The 75-minute real-time trip will be conducted in fast-forward, with a broad brush that touches some of the favorite sites of Western Civilization, examining their architectural beauty -- and dematerialization.

12:00‑1:00Lunch
2:15‑3:30Choice of Sessions
The Ethics of Genetic Technology and the Quest for Perfection
Ben Eggleston, Philosophy

More than ever before, medical science is being applied at the level of individual genes. But emerging genetic technologies raise many new ethical questions: How should expecting parents use information about the genes of their unborn children? Is it ethical to test people for untreatable conditions such as Huntington?s disease? Would it be ethical for people to alter their genes to be healthier and live longer? How about to do better in school, in sports, or at work? Can we pursue such improvements while acknowledging the inevitable imperfection of human nature? In this session, concrete examples and ethical principles will be used to help participants discuss these and related questions.

Myths and Realities of Dementia
Susan Kemper, Psychology

Forget someone?s name? Can?t remember where you parked the car? Worried you are developing Alzheimer's? This review will examine myths and realities of dementia, including environmental and genetic risks for Alzheimer?s disease and what we know ? and don?t know ? about prevention and treatment. We will contrast Alzheimer?s with other forms of dementia such as Guam?s disease and repetitive head injuries. And we will consider the possible benefits vs. costs of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer?s.

In Search of Shakespeare
Jeffery Weinberg, University Honors Program

The literary legacy of Shakespeare may be unmatched in human history. However, for generations there has been subdued conversation surrounding the authorship of the works of Shakespeare. Recently, serious researchers (inside and outside of the academy) have openly raised serious questions on the authorship, a matter that is of great importance to literature and to history alike.

3:45‑5:00Choice of Sessions
From Hope to Audacity: The Evolution of Obama's Rhetoric and the 2012 Presidential Campaign
Robert Rowland, Communication Studies

Barack Obama built a reputation as the most eloquent public leader since Ronald Reagan, beginning with his Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and culminating with a series of moving addresses in the 2008 presidential campaign, in which he promised to bring both Hope and real Change. But as President, Obama has faced both a devastating economic crisis and intractable opposition, leaving some to conclude that he had lost his rhetorical magic. Yet KU Professor of Communications Robin Rowland argues that Obama's rhetoric has just evolved: the arc has moved from impassioned appeals that created a new sense of Hope, to an audacious call to reaffirm basic fairness in American economic life and therefore save the American Dream.

The Psychology of Creativity
Evangelia Chrysikou, Psychology

Frequently in daily life we are faced with a problem but lack the typical or ideal means by which to achieve its solution. Nevertheless, we are rapidly and resourcefully able to identify objects around us that would satisfy the goal at hand. This is all the more remarkable given the fact that we might never have faced the same problem in the past or used these objects in that particular way before. This ability to think creatively depending on the context is integral to our achieving goals and underlies our proficiency as toolmakers and innovators. In this lecture, I will present recent findings from the field of cognitive neuroscience that attempt to shed light on the cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying human creativity and innovative tool use and I will discuss the implications of these findings for promoting creativity in various domains.

Preserving Your Family History
Sherry Williams, Spencer Research Library
Whitney Baker, University of Kansas Libraries
Deborah Ludwig, University of Kansas Libraries

KU Conservator Whitney Baker, Curator of Collections Sherry Williams and Assistant Dean Deb Ludwig share their expertise maintaining historic collections and offer ideas for preserving your family heirloom photos, papers and news clippings for future generations.

5:00‑7:00Quantrill's Raid Bus Tour
Paul Stuewe, Kansas Historian

The Quantrill's Raid Bus Tour, led by historian Paul Stuewe, will focus on the events of August 21, 1863, when Lawrence was attacked by William Clarke Quantrill and a band of about 400 armed men. The tour will trace its path of destruction through town stopping at specific sites along the way to describe not only personal accounts of what happened that day but exploring why such a devastating attack occurred in the first place.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

9:00‑10:15Bullying Across the Lifespan: It's Not Happening Just to Kids Anymore
Robert Harrington, Psychology and Research in School of Education

We all may think that we know what bullying is. We all may think that it is something that happens only to kids. Some of us might even think that bullying is a rite of passage that the bully grows out of and the victim recovers from. No harm done. In fact, bullying can happen to anyone at any age in life. The many types of bullying that happen today may astound you. Bullying can have long-term effect too. We will explore bullying in its many forms and get a glimpse into how it develops, and how it can manifest itself at different points in life from childhood through adulthood and even into old age. We will also help you see that bullies are not so tough when bullies, victims and bystanders work on solving the problem. Hopefully, you will gain some insights into how to ?bullyproof? your own life.

10:30‑11:45Choice of Sessions
Biography of a City: London
Antha Cotton-Spreckelmeyer, Humanities and Western Civilization

Have you been to London? Would you like to go, or would you prefer to visit this timeless city as an armchair traveler? In any case, if you have an interest in the metropolis that has been called ?the world?s capital,? this class is for you. We will survey the historic past and exciting present of London. We will look at neighborhoods, monuments, ghostly haunts, stunning architecture, and eccentric nooks and crannies of this fascinating place. We will review the treatment of London in art and literature and provide a list of books that view London from different perspectives across the centuries including works by Charles Dickens, Peter Ackroyd?s "London: The Biography," Edward Rutherfurd?s "London: The Novel," "The London Blitz Diaries" of Ruby Thompson, and Andrew Oldham?s "Memoir of London" in the 1960s.

The Notorious Four-Color Problem
Jeremy Martin, Mathematics

How many colors are required to color a map so that no two adjacent regions (say, Kansas and Missouri) are given the same color? It turns out that every map can be colored with at most four colors, a fact suspected to be true since 1852, but not confirmed until 1976 (with the aid of intensive computation, an unprecedented approach to research at the time). In the century-long attempt to solve the map-coloring problem, mathematicians have developed theories of unexpected power and beauty: for example, problems about optimal routing and scheduling (and even Sudoku puzzles!) can be expressed as graph coloring problems. This course will explore both the history and the mathematics of the four-color theorem, including its practical applications, the many failed attempts to solve the problem, the debate over the validity of computer-assisted proofs, and the theoretical research for which mathematician Maria Chudnovsky was recently awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant.

Reading Without Oprah
Maryemma Graham, English

In 1983, Maryemma Graham founded the Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW) and began to actively collaborate with a wide range of scholars to identify and archive African American novels. Today, HBW seeks to adjust its objectives to meet the demands and opportunities of the 21st century. In what ways can we enhance bibliographical work on novels in order to ensure that a broader range of readers are made aware of the evolving publication history related to African American literature? And, how might we ensure a more diverse body of black novels is included in discussions of African American literature? This presentation will address these questions to demonstrate ways that HBW is renewing its vision to become a premier enterprise for the reclamation of literary contributions by African Americans.

Woven Images and the Patterns of Chance
David Brackett, Visual Art

This talk will discuss hand-loom weaving methods, jacquard looms and mill operations, dyeing methods, and the "chance patterns" that we see in our daily lives all while showing works of art.

12:00‑1:15Lunch
2:15‑3:30Choice of Sessions
Prosciutto, Mozzarella, and Parmigiano: Building Blocks of Italian Cooking
Jan Kozma, French and Italian

This lecture will deal with the artisanal production of these three main staples of Italian cuisine within the context of all the categories of Italian cheeses in general and of the varieties of Italian salumi (salted, cured, aged meats). Samples of prosciutto and parmigiano (parmesan) will be provided, and Professor Kozma will provide several of her favorite recipes using Italian cheeses and salumi.

The Role of Protein Stability in Human Disease
Mark Fisher, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This will be a new lecture, based on the most popular parts of last year's Mini College lecture. Rather than talk about protein design (which required lots of background), I would like to instead focus on specific diseases, explaining how protein stability is responsible for these diseases and how we can take advantage of this for therapeutic interventions.

How the Internet Changed the World
Barney Warf, Geography

Now used by roughly one-third of the planet?s population, the Internet has had enormous impacts on almost every sphere of everyday life. This talk briefly examines the origins and growth of the Internet, and then focuses on its social and geographical dimensions, including the digital divide. It then turns to how it is used and some of its major consequences, including the offshoring of clerical jobs, e-commerce, e-government, cyberwar, and the growth of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Along the way it seeks to debunk the common myth that cyberspace is placeless, that it annihilates the meaning of distance, or renders the world flat.

Substance Use Among Youth
Paula Fite, Applied Behavioral Sciences

The presentation will include information on rates of substance use among youth along with factors that we know that contribute to early risk of youth. I will present my research that demonstrates the impact of early child problem behavior, parents, peers, and neighborhood on the development of adolescent substance use.

3:45‑5:00Choice of Sessions
One Renegade Cell: Understanding Cancer
Kristi Neufeld, Molecular Biosciences

Cancer?the word instills fear in those who hear it. What do scientists know about the changes that convert a ?well behaving? normal cell into a ?renegade? cancer cell? This lecture will discuss common alterations shared by most cancers and current research from the speaker?s laboratory aimed at understanding the function of a particular tumor suppressor protein.

Stand and Deliver: A Short Course in Stand-Up Comedy
John Gronbeck-Tedesco, Theatre

The purpose of the course is to explore the nature of comedy by means of actually writing and performing the genre. Students will learn some of the ?principles? of comic writing and performance based on the work of effective comedians from the last 25 years. Participants will invent and perform their own jokes and those of others in the class as a way of practicing the principles presented offered by the instructor. ?Reversal,? ?Matrix Switching,? ?Cadence,? ?Personal Confession? and other techniques will become part of the students? repertory of approaches to comedy.

Why Russians are Different, Reason #7: Seven Strings make a Russian Guitar
Marc Greenberg, Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Russian guitar is constructed and tuned differently than a western guitar and has its own repertoire, dating back to the early nineteenth century. Hear some familiar and unfamiliar tunes on a somewhat unfamiliar instrument, including the exotic tonalities of Russian-Roma (Gypsy) music. Includes a live demonstration on the Russian seven-string guitar.

Should We Ration Health Care?
Don Marquis, Philosophy

Health care reform is sometimes criticized because it would lead to rationing medical care, perhaps even lead to ?death panels?. People who defend health care reform typically reject that charge. Let?s talk about whether rationing medical care is a bad idea, and even whether it is avoidable. Let?s also talk about how best to ration medical care if the decision is made to ration it.

5:00‑7:00Quantrill's Raid Bus Tour
Paul Stuewe, Kansas Historian

The Quantrill's Raid Bus Tour, led by historian Paul Stuewe, will focus on the events of August 21, 1863, when Lawrence was attacked by William Clarke Quantrill and a band of about 400 armed men. The tour will trace its path of destruction through town stopping at specific sites along the way to describe not only personal accounts of what happened that day but exploring why such a devastating attack occurred in the first place.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

9:00‑10:15Choice of Sessions
The Brain: Function and Fiction
Brian Ackley, Molecular Biosciences

Our brains are amazing. They are often compared to computers, but can do so much more with much less energy. In this lecture I will present information about how the brain works at the molecular level, and how some ideas about the brain in popular culture are misconceptions.

The Dyybuk in Jewish Folklore
Renee Perelmutter, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Jewish Studies

In this talk, I will explore how beliefs and narratives of demonic possession reflect attitudes towards societal deviance.

From 'Death in the XXth Century' to 'The Aeroplane for Everyone': Early Reactions to the Age of Speed
Nathan Wood, History

This lecture will address the global problem of the Age of Speed, using examples from Poland and Kansas, societies that generally felt as if the modern world might leave them behind. The principal period of analysis will be from approximately 1880 to 1930, in which the pace of life seemed to accelerate, thanks in large part to the introduction of fast new machines. Noting the nearly ubiquitous images of death and danger that first accompanied these new technologies, the lecture will explore the ways in which speed became routinized and seemingly normal. Ultimately, historical analysis of these processes gives us much to think about in our own age, in which information and people continue to rush about, often without thinking about the costs and consequences of our frenetic lives.

Does Nonprofit Mean No Money? What You Should Know About the Nonprofit Sector in the US
Rebecca Nesbit, Public Administration

Have you ever wondered what exactly it means to be a nonprofit organization? In addition to defining nonprofit organizations, this presentation will provide the state of nonprofit America (and Kansas) in terms of the size, scope and resources of the sector. In addition, we will discuss some of the most common challenges and pressures within the nonprofit sector, how the sector has changed in the past three decades and the prospects for the future of the nonprofit sector. Participants in this workshop will gain a greater understanding of the nonprofit sector in the United States and what it means for them as donors, volunteers, board members, clients or potential supporters of nonprofit organizations.

10:30‑11:45Choice of Sessions
The Struggle Over Social Security
David Ekerdt, Gerontology

The stakes are high, the politics intense. Social Security provides Americans with financial protection against some of life's difficulties, paying benefits to millions of retired and disabled workers and their families and to families of deceased workers. Nearly all workers and employers contribute. In Kansas alone, there are half a million child, adult, and elderly beneficiaries. The program had its last makeover in 1983 and it is due for another if it is to serve the generations of the 21st century. Reform proposals are controversial, caught up in larger struggles about the role of government in American life. Will the fixes for Social Security mend it or end it?

Native American Religions: A Brief Introduction
Michael J. Zogry, Religious Studies

A brief introductory survey of religious traditions among selected Native American peoples. Topics will include ritual activity, cultural narrative (?myth?), kinship, healing practices, ecology and religious freedom.

Sites of Slavery in Africa Over Time
Elizabeth MacGonagle, History

This presentation considers the workings of memory and history in three African settings connected to slavery and the trade in slaves across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The focus is on the ways that slavery is situated at important sites of memory today on the coast of Ghana, South Africa, and Mozambique where tourists visit spaces that were central to our shared history of slavery. I will discuss the ways that visitors and locals narrate the heavy burden of remembering slavery and the legacies of oppression associated with this horrific past.

12:00‑1:15Lunch
2:15‑3:30Choice of Sessions
Dust Bowl Revisited
Elizabeth Black, KU Continuing Education

Film footage and eyewitness accounts will document the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that devastated areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. This class will briefly examine economic and land-use mistakes that led to the greatest man-made ecological disaster in our history. We will talk about the bravery of the survivors and the government?s reaction to reclaim land and help the farmers. Finally, we will ask: Is another Dust Bowl possible?

Using Flies to Help Explore and Treat Human Disease
Stuart Macdonald, Molecular Biosciences

Neurodegenerative diseases and various cancers are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. Screening programs, along with various "biomarkers" of disease progression, help to identify affected individuals early, but treatments for such diseases are generally unavailable. To treat disease effectively it is important to understand the causes and progression of the disease. In combination with human genetics studies, laboratory experiments with model organisms play an invaluable role in uncovering the genetic basis of human traits. This seminar will focus on studies in the fruitfly, Drosophila melanogaster, that have helped shape our understanding of the mechanisms underlying human disease.

Capturing the Sun: Giving New Life to Materials and Chemistry for Solar Energy Harvesting
Shenqiang Ren, Chemistry

Nanostructured materials ? including atomic clusters, quantum dots, nanowires or nanotubes ? have dimensions in the range of 1 to 100 nm, the length scale that offers size-tunable and unique properties. They provide solutions to some of the current challenges in solar cells ? Power from the Sun ? that contribute to our future energy needs, and would potentially lead to high efficiency solar cells at low cost. A challenging task in this area is to manipulate nanostructured materials and assemble them into desired structural forms ? one, two or three-dimensional structures ? so that their unique photoelectric properties can be harvested. In this talk, I will discuss my group research on rational design of self-assembling nanostructured photovoltaic systems combined with the development of ?synthetic? strategies.

Creating a Major Art Museum Exhibition: A Case Study at the Spencer Museum of Art
Susan Earle, Curator, Spencer Museum of Art

How does a campus art museum organize major exhibitions? What kinds of research, planning, and partnerships are involved? How do museums balance what is hidden and what is revealed? Join curator Susan Earle to discuss these topics and get the inside scoop. This talk will feature an in-depth look at a major exhibition that will be on display at the Spencer Museum of Art, An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton & Cynthia Schira. Learn how two award-winning artists with KU ties utilized the collections of the Spencer Museum of Art to create brand-new, large-scale works of art.

3:45‑5:00The Chuck Berg Cine-Jazz Quartet
Chuck Berg, Film and Media Studies

Jazz and film share intertwined histories. In its program of popular songs from the movies, the Chuck Berg Cine-Jazz Quartet will explore the musical as well as social, cultural and economic factors coalescing around tunes such as ?Over the Rainbow? and ?Take the ?A? Train? that have ascended to iconic status. (Chuck, a professor of Film and Media Studies and tenor saxophonist will be joined by an all-star jazz rhythm section from Kansas City.)

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