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CAS/MillerComm lecture series to look at gender, genetics, aging among other topics

Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
(217) 333-5491; melissa@illinois.edu

1/18/2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Gender, genetics and aging are just a few of the general topics that will provide a springboard for more focused discussions by speakers participating in the Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lecture series at the University of Illinois this spring.

An established campus forum for sharing scholarship and ideas from a range of disciplines, the series is supported with funds from the George A. Miller Endowment and various campus co-sponsors.

Upcoming lectures include:

• Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., 112 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana.  Henry T. Greely, “Human Genetic Research and Life in Human Societies:  An Overview of Likely Interactions.”  Greely is a professor of law at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Program on Genomics, Ethics and Society.

• Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, Margaret Morganroth Gullette, “The Contrived War Between ‘The Boomers’ and ‘The Xers.’ ”  A George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor, Gullette is the author of “Declining to Decline:  Cultural Combat and the Politics of Midlife.”  She is visiting the U. of I. as part of the interdisciplinary initiative “Cultural Functions of ‘the Midlife’ in Contemporary America:  Generations, Race, Class, Culture and History.”  The initiative includes a three-lecture series and a campus study group.

• Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Mary Louise Pratt, “Postcoloniality, Modernity and the Case of the Stolen Kidney.”  Pratt is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and of comparative literature, at Stanford University.  Her lecture is presented in conjunction with “Area Studies, Identity and the Arts,” an interdisciplinary learning program funded in part by the Ford Foundation and U. of I. campus units.

• March 21, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, James A. Boon, “Show Biz Across Cultural Systems.”  Boon, a professor of anthropology at Princeton University, will be visiting campus as a George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor.

• March 22, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Madeleine Arnot, “Closing the Gender Gap:  Post-War Educational and Social Changes.”  A professor of sociology of education at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Arnot will be on the U. of I. campus as a George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor.

• March 27, 4 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Katherine Newman, “Growing Old in the Inner City.”  Newman, a Ford Foundation Professor of Urban Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will be at the U. of I. as part of the “Cultural Functions of ‘the Midlife’ in Contemporary America” initiative.

• March 29, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center (TBC), Joel Beinin, “The Dispersion of Egyptian Jewry.  Beinin is a professor of  history at Stanford University.

• April 3, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Sheila Violet Makate Sisulu, “Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa:  Contributing to a Peaceful, Prosperous and Democratic Society.”  Sisulu is the South African ambassador to the United States.

• April 5, 4 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Thomas Weisner, “Values That Matter:  Children of the Children of the Sixties.”  Weisner is a professor of psychiatry, biobehavioral science and anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles.  He also will be on campus as part of the “Cultural Functions” initiative.

• April 6, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Carmen Ramos Escandon, “Gender Duties and Daily Life in Late 19th Century Latin America:  Women, Law, Property and Family in Mexico.”  Escandon is on the faculty of the Center for Anthropologic Studies in Mexico City.

• April 13, 4 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Roger Shattuck, “Ockham’s Razor and Proust’s Beard.”  Shattuck is a professor emeritus of modern foreign languages at Boston University.  His lecture will take place in conjunction with the symposium “Proust 2000,” scheduled for April 13-16 at the U. of I.’s Krannert Art Museum.

• April 14, 4 p.m., 407 Levis Faculty Center, Amrita Basu, “Mapping Transnational Women’s Movements:  Globalizing the Local, Localizing the Global.”  Basu is a professor of political science and gender studies at Amherst College.

• April 20, 4 p.m., Third Floor, Levis Faculty Center, Sheila Jasanoff, “Environmental Governance in Transnational Perspective.”  Jasanoff is a professor of science and public policy at Harvard University.

• April 28, 4 p.m., location to be determined, Hubert Dreyfus, “Telepistemology:  Descartes’ Last Stand.”  Dreyfus is a professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.

More information about the events listed will be available on the Web at www.cas.uiuc.edu or by calling the Miller Events Line, 333-1118.