Lectures Past Years

2014-2015 Lecture Series

Kifah Hanna                                                                          Love and Desire in Lebanese War Literature                                                                    Language and Culture Studies

Zayde Gordon Antrim -                                                   Mapping the Middle East                                                                                                                   History and International Studies

Martha Risser - Classics                                                 Sacred Space at the Bridge of the Untiring Sea: The Sanctuary of Poseidon                                                                                                              at Isthmia during the 6th through 4th Centuries BCE

John Platoff - Music                                                           Francesco Benucci, Nancy Storace, and Sarti's Fra i due litiganti in Vienna

Kent Dunlap - Biology                                                       Ecology of the Brain: How Social Interactions and Predators Influence
                                                                                                           Brain Cell Production in Electric Fish

Kevin J. McMahon - Political Science                   The Mass is Over: Law, Politics, and the Death of the Great American

2013-2014 Lecture Series

Pablo Delano - Fine Arts                                                The lives of Photographs: Puerto Rico 1980 and Beyond

Brett Barwick - Physics                                                   Imaging at the femtosecond and nanometer scales with

                                                                                                          ultrafast electron microscope

Lida Maxwell - Political Science                             Zola, the Dreyfus Affair, and the Politics of Lost Causes 

Scott Gac - History and American Studies        An Attempt to Reduce them by Force: George Washington and the

                                                                                                           Origins of a Violent American State


Scott Smedley - Biology                                                   Into the Woods: How Human Activity, Past and Present, Influences

                                                                                                          Connecticut's Forest Wildlife

Jeffrey Bayliss - History                                                Western Sport, Eastern Empire: the Dilemma of the Colonial Athlete in
                                                                                                          Imperial Japan

2012-2013 Lecture Se

​Lucy Ferris - English ​Honor: A Novelist's Field Research Among the Pashtuns
​Beth Notar - Anthropology ​Civilized Driving or Flooring It! Contested Mobility in Urban China

​Sonia Cardenas - Political Science ​The Global Rise of National Human Rights Institutions

​Craig Schneider - Biology ​DNA Sequencing and Species Recognition

Christoph Geiss - Environmental Science
​Predicting the Fate of Arctic Carbon
​Laura Holt - Psychology ​Who is at Greatest Risk for Problem Drinking in the First Year of College?

2011-2012 Lecture Series

Dan Lloyd—Philosophy                                               Mind as Music
Susan Masino—Pyschology                                     Diet Therapy for Brain Disease
Anne Lambright—Language &                              Cultural Production and Transitional Justice Efforts: The Case of Peru
Culture Studies
Christopher Hager—English                                  Emancipation and the Act of Writing
Jack Dougherty—Educational Studies            Scholarly Publishing with open Access Web-Books: On the Line Line                                                                                           and Writing History in the Digital Age
Lisa-Anne Foster—Biology                                     Tracking the Microbial Populations Inhabiting Humans
Seth Sanders—Religion                                             The Rise and Fall of Ancient Jewish Science: 'Pagan' Astronomy and the Language                                                                              Language of Knowledge in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Peter Yoon—Computer Science                           Cheap Computing: Using General-Purpose GPUs in Scientific Applications

2010-2011 Lecture Series

Barbara Benedict—Classics                                          'Male' and 'Female' Novels?  Gendered Fictions and British Reading 
                                                                                                            Public, 1770-1830

Chloe Wheatley—English                                              The Prose Works of John Milton

Hebe Guardiola-Diaz—Biology                                   Mylein Matter
James Trostle—Anthropology                                    The Ethnography of a Bus Ride in Costal Ecuador (and what it can say
                                                                                                           about the environmental change, scale and landscape)
David Rosen—English                                                       Literature an the Idea of Privacy (working title)

2009-2010 Lecture Series

 Robert Fleming—Biology                                           Altering cellular signals to reveal cell specification mechanisms during
Raymond Baker—International Politics          The epoch story of Islam: The struggles of ordinary Muslims in
                                                                                                        extraordinary times
Sarah Raskin—Psychology                                        Remembering to remember: Studies of prospective memory
W. Miller Brown—Philosophy                                 The Case for Perfection: Genetic enhancement and sport
Alden Gordon—Art History                                      The organization of patronage and art education in 18th-century France
Andrea Dyrness—Educational Studies             Schooling the Transitional Citizen: Education and Civic Identity in
                                                                                                        Two  Salvadoran Schools
 Ralph Morelli—Computer Science                     How free software is changing the world
Maurice Wade—Philosophy                                      Black Skin, White Masks: Frantz Fanon and the Lived Experiences of the

2007–2008 Lecture Series

G. James Wen—Economics Why Did China Retreat to Its Agrarian Past after the Song Dynasty?
Mark P. Silverman—Physics Finding the Length of the Emperor’s Nose: A Test of Collective Knowledge
Clinton Bailey—Research Fellow
The Bible’s Bedouin Background
Dan Lloyd—Philosophy & Neuroscience This Is Your Brain on Politics?
Barry Schaller—Public Policy Bioethics on Trial: The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology
James Trostle—Anthropology Disease Transmission and Social Change: Anthropology Meets Public Health in Northern Coastal Ecuador
Luis Figueroa—History Border City Boulevard: F.D.R. Avenue and Colonial Suburbanism in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Christoph Geiss - Physics Pingo Scars: Remnants of Connecticut's Glacial Past

2005–2006 Lecture Series

Theresa Morris - Sociology Institutional Racism and Organizational Change in the U.S. Banking Industry
Martha Risser—Classics ​Feasting at Isthmia
Frank Kirkpatrick—Religion ​Community Beyond Political Philosophy: The Political Thought of John Macmurray​
Jonathan Elukin – History Deceiving the Devil: Shylock and Salvation in The Merchant of Venice
Timothy Curran – Chemistry ​Conformational Constraint: Putting Peptides on a Leash
Christoph Geiss - Physics Soil Magnetism: What Iron Oxide Minerals Know about Regional Climate
Dan Lloyd—Philosophy The Brain and Consciousness
Mark Silverman—Physics The Inside Story of a Black Hole and Other Dark Matters of the Cosmos
​Laurel Baldwin Ragaven— Health & Human Rights ​Developments in Human Rights Training for Health Professionals in South Africa [postponed to 2006-2007]