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| Thursday, April 03, 2014



"WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A WOMEN IN PHILOSOPHY (OF PHYSICS)?": A woman in philosophy of physics is doubly-isolated. First, she's isolated from other philosophers of physics on account of her gender, and then she's isolated from most self-identified feminist philosophers on account of her area of specialization. That's a self-pitying answer to the question posed in the title.

Laura Ruetsche, professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Michigan will speak on this interesting topic Monday, Apr. 7, 5:30 - 7 p.m., room 213, Pray-Harrold. More hopeful answers point toward opportunities for communication and alliance across disciplinary boundaries. I will try to develop and defend some more hopeful answers -- and also to explain why I take my work on the foundations of quantum field theory to support the significance of philosophical feminisms.


CAREERS IN AGING: Learn more about the career paths these professionals took to reach their current positions, what they enjoy most about their work, and what they find most challenging. The event will be on Tuesday, Apr. 8, 3:30 - 5 p.m., in room 300 Halle Library. A question and answer period will follow. Please contact Ashley Smith at asmit243@emich.edu with any questions.


INTERNATIONAL CONVERSATION CLUB: The International Student Resource Center presents an opportunity for students and the campus community to participate in conversation with people from all over the world about a wide variety of topics. Please encourage your international and domestic students to attend to learn about various cultural views and practices. The group will meet in room 318 King Hall on the followings dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Please contact esl@emich.edu with questions. This event is LBC approved.


WHAT THE %@&*! HAPPENED TO COMICS?: The EMU Library and the Ypsilanti District Library are co-sponsoring an evening with Art Spiegelman on Thursday, Apr. 10, 7 p.m., at Pease Auditorium. Join them for a rare opportunity to hear Spiegelman as he takes us on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, explaining the medium and why they should not be ignored. Tickets are $20/person; $10/students. Visit EMUtix.com or call 487-2282 to purchase tickets. Please visit http://www.ypsilibrary.org/content/art-spiegelman for more information.


2014 EQUALITY SPEAKER SERIES: The Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights will  hold its fourth Equality Speaker Series on Friday, Apr. 11, 12 p.m., in room 247, McKenny Hall. The guest speaker will be Stephen Rassi (EMU), who will talk on"Understanding Practice Issues with Transgender People: Listening to Practitioner and Client Voices." For questions or more information, please contact the Center at www.emich.edu/equality or equality_humanrights@emich.edu.


COMPUTATIONAL THINKING FOR ALL: THE POWER AND THE PERIL: The campus community is invited to hear a lecture on Monday, Apr. 14, 7 p.m., in room 320 in the Student Center. Guest speaker will be Robert Panoff, founder and director of the Shodor Education Foundation, which is dedicated to the reform and improvement of mathematics and science education. He will talk about "Computational Thinking for All: The Power and the Peril."

This lecture will explore how technology enables multiple representations in the sciences, arts, and humanities, giving us the opportunity to be more fully human as we seek new knowledge in service to society. Moving "beyond PowerPointless-ness," we have the opportunity to demonstrate that computing really matters in teaching and learning. Computing "matters" because quantitative reasoning, computational thinking, and multi-scale modeling are the intellectual "heart and soul" of 21st Century science and therefore are the essential skills of the 21st Century workforce. This event is LBC approved. Please contact John Dugger at jdugger@emich.edu for more information or questions.


2014 DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: EMU is pleased to welcome Minnie Baylor-Henry, worldwide vice-president of Regulatory Affairs at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics and president of the Drug Information Association on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 7:30 - 9 p.m., in the Student Center Auditorium. Her topic will be "Regulating Medical Devices & Diagnostics: A Global Perspective." The series is open to students, faculty, staff as well as the general public. For questions, please contact Stephen Sonstein atstephen.sonstein@emich.edu.


DOCTORAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE: The Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Imandeep Grewal will be presented on Thursday, Apr. 17, 1.30 p.m., in room 214 in Porter. Grewal will talk on “The Environment of Poverty and the Limits of Girlhood: The Struggle for the Right to an Education in North India” (Gareebi Ka Mahual Aur Ladkeo Ki Hud).


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