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THINK ABOUT IT :: The University Lecture Series :: Fall 2008

Not Your Everyday Lecture

Posted: September 4, 2008



The University Lecture Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty--scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. The lectures are designed to create a campus-wide conversation, and Signature Course students will be required to attend (or watch online) and then discuss at least one lecture in class. Many First-Year Interest Groups will also incorporate the lectures.

All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events will be aimed at entering first-year students.

All three lectures will take place in Gregory Gym at 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by the School of Undergraduate Studies with assistance from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Endowment for Undergraduate Studies

Video of each lecture will be available within 48 hours of its end.



September 16, 2008

Why Males Die Without Mating, and What You Can Do About It

Michael Ryan, Integrative Biology


Because of fundamental differences in their reproductive biology, females are usually able to obtain mates while most males of a species die without having sex. In many species males evolve elaborate and expensive traits to convince females to mate with them. Why? What are the consequences? And what about human mate choice?



September 25, 2008

The Great Debate: Fight to the (Political) Death

Daniel Bonevac, Philosophy

James Galbraith, Gov/Business Relations, LBJ School

Betty Sue Flowers, Director, LBJ Library and Museum


Two top professors, a liberal and a conservative, go head to head tackling student's questions about issues most important to young voters. Dr. Flowers will moderate, fielding questions from our First-year Interest Groups.



October 1, 2008

Dream Screens: Can Movies Heal a Fractured World?

Mia Carter, English


It is said that cinema is a universal language, but can movies simultaneously entertain and instruct? Carter will explore cinema's possibilities: its ability to view other worlds, its potential to expand one's understanding of the human condition and, at the farthest limit of possibility, the dream of communion among all people.



The School of Undergraduate Studies designs and implements undergraduate curriculum reform and oversees many programs that enrich the experience of undergraduate students. Beginning in fall 2009, it will also be the initial home for students who choose not to select another college or school upon entering the university.

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