Category Social Sciences

Deirdre McCloskey: “Human Values and The Great Enrichment”

Social Sciences Forum
Mullen Lecture, Department of Economics
Deirdre McCloskey: “Human Values and The Great Enrichment”
Monday, October 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor

Deirdre McCloskey’s talk will focus on how workers’ economic conditions improve when they are given a chance to live in a better functioning economy. But how do we get that better functioning economy? (Click heading for full description.)

Sheryl WuDunn: Half The Sky

Social Sciences Forum
New Student Book Experience
Sheryl WuDunn: “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide”
Wednesday, November 1, 7 – 8 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide is a passionate call to arms against what the authors argue is our era’s most pervasive human right violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. (Click heading for full description.)

Toyin Falola: The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.

Humanities Forum — W. E. B. Du Bois Lecture
The Contemporary African Immigrant Communities in the U.S.
Toyin Falola, Professor of History, Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas, Austin
Wednesday, November 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Many citizens of continental Africa now live in the United States. In this talk, celebrated scholar Toyin Falola will discuss how African immigrants create a new, contemporary form of citizenship between the United States and Africa. The lecture will highlight differences in trends, particularly between migration of enforced slavery and voluntary migration. It will point to patterns of cultural transformation that are emerging and the ambiguous future of transnational engagements between the United States and Africa. (Click heading for full description.)

Julia Adeney Thomas: Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography

Humanities Forum
Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima
Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, November 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Can photography help us see suffering and end nuclear destruction? Linking three moments of atomic calamity — the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the uranium-tipped weapons in the First Gulf War, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown — photographer Morizumi Takashi’s images attempt to find aesthetic leverage against the nuclearization of war and energy. This lecture explores the ethics of sight and how humanitarian efforts are both enabled and circumscribed by the shifting situations in which a photographer works. (Click heading for full description.)