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Volume 6, No. 4 | April 2011

Save the Date!

It's that time of the year again at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. From modern day Mumbai to comedy in literature, the College offers free lectures and seminars for every lifelong learner.

Check out our spring events below, and plan your trip back to campus for some extracurricular learning of your own.

Visit for more event details and listings!

April 13th: Learn About India


In partnership with the Indian Student Association, Friends of History explores the history of modern day India with the India Lecture Series:

  • Wednesday, April 13th - India and Ireland, 1870 - 1947, 7:00pm in Smith 236

  • Thursday, May 5th - The Annual Friends of History Endowed Lecture presents Princeton University's Dr. Gyan Prakash with The Superhero on Mumbai Streets, a lecture on modernization and corruption in the city through comic books, 7:00pm in Lincoln 75.

Find out more about this series by visiting FOH's website.

April 14th: Keep Up on North Africa

Focus on North Africa

The Portland Center for Public Humanities and the Middle East Studies Center take another look at the current revolts in the Middle East in Focus on North Africa: A Second Roundtable on the Middle East.

The discussion begins at 7:00pm in the Smith Browsing Lounge, room 238. Click here for more information. 

April 22nd: Advance Social Justice

This year's Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies annual symposium theme is Resistance: Pedagogy for Change? and will feature a keynote by Dr. Susan Rankin, a nationally recognized scholar and activist on social justice issues.

Choose from a diverse selection of workshops on Friday, April 22nd from 9:00am - 6:00pm on the 3rd floor of Smith. Learn more on WGSS's website.

May 2nd: Funny: Get It Write

Teddy Wayne

The English Department and MFA Creative Writing Program presents a short reading from Kapitoil by author Teddy Wayne.

Afterwards, MFA faculty Paul Collins and Tom Bissell will join Wayne for a roundtable discussion of comedy in literature, and how it is used and achieved.

Join the discussion Monday, May 2nd at 7:00pm in Smith 238. Click here for more information.

May 5th: Protect Our Waters & Health

Ecosystems and Oil Spills

A year later, we are still feeling the devastating impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. John Stein, of NOAA Fisheries, will share his perspective in the Environmental Science & Management's Annual Lecture, Lessons from Past Spills & Observations on Seafood Safety in the Gulf of Mexico, on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00pm in The Vanport Room, Smith 338.

Pre-lecture ESM Alumni Reception starts at 5:30pm. RSVP to 503-725-9856 or

For more information, visit ESM's website.

May 6th: Reducing Societal Prejudice

Jose Padin, Associate Professor

PSU's Center for Health and Social Inequality Research and the Department of Sociology present Can Interracial Youth Mentoring Help Adolescents and Reduce Societal Prejudice? by PSU's own José Padín, Associate Professor of Sociology.

Padín's lecture takes place on Friday, May 6th at 3:00pm in Cramer Hall, 265. Read more here.

May 12th: Calculus: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Dr. David Bressoud, the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College, explores Calculus in High School and asks, Too Much of a Good Thing?

The 2011 Fariborz Maseeh Lecture in Mathematical Sciences is on Thursday, May 12th at 5:00pm in the Multnomah Room, University Place.

Click here for more information on this event.

May 25th: Celebrating English & Writing

Join the English Department as they celebrate PSU's top English and Writing students at the 47th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Awards Ceremony.

Guest lecturer Steven Mailloux, Professor of Rhetoric from Loyola-Marymount University, will speak on Political Theology: St. Paul, The Chinese Exclusion Act, and Judge Scalia.

The annual celebration starts at 5:00pm on Monday, May 25th in Smith 327-328.

Visit the English Department's website for more details.

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