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Volume 5, No. 4 | April 2010

Spring Lectures

This spring, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers an exciting line up of engaging, educational and free lectures. Browse the list below and find the perfect event - or two - for you.

We hope to see you on campus soon!
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Science


April 15th - Fightin' Whities v. Noble Savages

Tomorrow! Are Indian sports mascots, logos, and nicknames racist acts of violence or symbols of honor?

Presented by Dr. Cornel Pewewardy Director and Associate Professor of Native American Studies, this Thursday, April 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Native American Student Center.

For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity at 503-725-5919.

April 22nd - Who Paid for Your Education? Who Should?


Education on the brink - a renewed introduction of historical context into the "Does money matter?" debate.

The Department of Economics 4th Annual Harold Goodhue Vatter Memorial Lecture features Dr. Peter Lindert, distinguished Professor of Economics at UC Davis. Thursday, April 22nd from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Ballroom.

Visit the Economics Department website for more information.

April 29th - Food Fray

Food Fray

Biology Professor and author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy of GM Foods (2009), Dr. Lisa Weasel will discuss her book at the PSU Library's Spring Term Spotlight on Faculty Authors.

The lecture takes place on Thursday, April 29th at 4:00pm in the Millar Library, Room 170.

Learn more information on the Library's Events website.

April 30th - Winston Churchill, Anglo-America & the Special Relationship

The Friends of History's 2010 Endowed Lecture presents Sir David Cannadine, historian of modern British history from 1800 to 2000.

Friday, April 30th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Hoffman Hall. For more information, contact the Department of History at 503-725-3917.





May 11th - Mathematics That Swings: The Math Behind Golf

The 2010 Fariborz Maseeh Lecture in Mathematical Sciences features Dr. Douglas N. Arnold, a McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota.

Tuesday, May 11th at 5:30pm in SMSU Room 296. Read more about the Dr. Arnold's talk and the Maseeh Lecture Series here.


May 13th - Lessons from 50 Years in Woods and Workshops: Science and Policy Applied to Forest Ecosystems

The Department of Environmental Science & Management's spring lecture presents Dr. Jerry Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis at University of Washington. Thursday, May 13th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm in Hoffman Hall.

Check out ESM's website to learn more about the department.

May 26th - 46th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony

Join the English Department and guest speaker, award-winning poet and scholar Elise Paschen, as they recognize PSU's top English majors and graduate English and Writing students.

The annual scholarship awards ceremony and lecture starts at 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 26th in SMSU Rooms 327-328.

Visit the English Department's website for more details.


Listen Now! - Herbicides and Genetically Modified Foods: A Mixed Blessing

Professor of Environmental Science and Economics Dave Ervin chaired a committee that found that genetically modified crops provide significant benefits, but the overuse of those crops and the herbicide glyphosate, known by the brand name Roundup, is creating herbicide-resistant weeds and problems that needs national attention.

The study was issued by the National Research Council, which is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences and provides advice to the nation under a Congressional charter.

Read more in the New York Times or listen online at NPR.

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