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Honors Seminar – Thursdays at Four: Across the University and Beyond, Fall 2007

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Tuesdays 4:00-4:50 p.m. and Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m.
229 (Tuesdays) and 125 Nolte Center
Instructor: Susannah Smith, Institute for Advanced Study
Syllabus (pdf)

In this seminar the best of the University’s research and creative work is brought to you. Every Thursday afternoon, the Institute for Advanced Study offers a presentation—a lecture, film, performance—by leading scholars and artists from around the world and within the University. Seminar participants will attend the Thursdays at Four series and meet on Tuesdays to discuss the presentations, which will draw upon disciplines across the University. We will do supplemental readings related to the presentations and talk with presenters as their schedules allow.

The Fall 2007 Thursdays at Four series will include a presentation by Hock E Aye Vi Edgar of Birds, an internationally known Native American artist; a debate between a physicist and a philosopher of science about Einstein and relativity; a solo performance by Jorja Fleezanis, Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra; a presentation of path-breaking research on the role of DNA damage in cancer and aging done at the University of Minnesota; a discussion by historian Matthew Pratt Guterl about how Caribbean connections figured into the American Civil War; a presentation of research on the psychology of ethnic identity, and more.

The class meets on Tuesdays for discussion in 229 Nolte Center, and on Thursdays in the Nolte Library for the presentation. If you have questions please contact Susannah Smith

Registration open to first-year students only, during orientation.

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