Dark matter, like the popularity of Justin Bieber, is one of the biggest mysteries of the 21st century. This unseen material makes up 27% of the universe’s matter and energy, while normal matter (like protons and electrons) only makes up 5%. Yet despite over 70 years of study by numerous physicists and astronomers, the nature of dark matter is still unknown. Two of the leading scientific theories propose that dark matter is composed of a new type of exotic particle (WIMPs: weakly interacting massive particles) or mundane clumps of normal matter like planets and burned-out stars (MACHOs: massive compact halo objects).
Join us for a public debate where two of our esteemed faculty, Dr. Todd Henry and Dr. Rachel Kuzio de Naray, will face off and attempt to convince you that one of these dark matter theories is more compelling than the other. In the spirit of such classic rivalries as David vs. Goliath, Bilbo vs. Smaug, and Antman vs…well, anybody bigger than an ant, we bring you MACHOs vs. WIMPs! Who will be the victor? You decide.
Dr. Melanie Schuele of Vanderbilt University will present her lecture, “Complex Syntax in Children with Specific Language Impairment: The Perils and Rewards of Wading into Uncharted Territory.” A reception will follow Dr. Schuele’s presentation.
Georgia State University Assistant Professor of Music History Marie Sumner Lott will give an overview of her newly published book on Romantic chamber music. The book explores music for stringed instruments composed and published between 1800 and 1890 and the musicians who played it. Examining both the well known and unknown music of this period brings the everyday experiences of middle-class music lovers to life for today’s readers and students. The presentation will include recorded examples and illustrations.
This talk will explore the under-theorized and minimally explored realm of South Asian American and Asian American sporting cultures and practices of South Asian American masculinity. Dr. Stanley Thangaraj of the City College of New York will be the presenter.
Adam Minter, author of the best-selling Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade” has spent the last 15 years traveling to the world’s recycling sites and waste dumps, exploring the ever-expanding world of globalized recycling. Unlike most journalists who have worked on the topic, Adam comes to it from a personal perspective. Born into a Minneapolis junkyard family, he’s used his deep connection to the junk trade to establish close relationships with the workers and business people who define it. In his talk, Adam will dispute the idea that the export of recyclable waste to the developing world represents a shifting of responsibilities – a “dumping” – while highlighting the key role that it’s played in offering disadvantaged populations an entrepreneurial opportunity.
Sponsored by Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and Office of Sustainability.
Public screening of Larry Clark’s Passing Through (1977)- a digital presentation courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Doors Open @ 6 PM
Screening begins @ 6:30 PM