Cultural

How Can AI Really Improve Our Lives?

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: April 22, 2020 at 3:37 pm

We read about advances from artificial intelligence almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have been […]

A/V requirements: None

Amarda Shehu

Speaking truth to power-the thunderous messages of the Hebrew prophets-what do they mean today?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:54 pm

In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos in 800 BC crying seeking help for the poor and the disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

Anthropology, Methods and Fieldwork

Posted: July 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Speaker will address how anthropologists do fieldwork and the methods they employ, including in zones of conflict. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Linda Seligmann

Computing in Science and Society

Posted: July 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 3:37 pm

Computing is now so ubiquitous that we tend to forget the profound consequences it is having in science and society. The talk explores the advent and evolution of computing in science and society, and attempts to predict future developments. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Rainald Lohner

Is That Really in the Bible?

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Nearly everybody has a favorite event or story from the Bible. Ruth has collected dozens of them for the class, each with a very different spin than may be customary. The lecture will address love stories in Genesis, and great curses in Deuteronomy, the stories of Deborah and Hannah—two great heroines—will be covered. Several stories […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Posted: April 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm, Last Updated: August 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Dr. El-Shazli can speak on the current state of affairs in MENA countries and their governments; international relations between MENA countries and the West; Arab literature and culture as a way to understand their politics; Islam and Politics; Labor Migration issues in MENA; and the Arab Uprisings – reasons and impact.

A/V requirements: Internet access, LCD Projector

Heba F. El-Shazli

Biblical Villains and Villainesses

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Biblical villains and villainesses:  This talk reviews some of the notable bad characters in the Old and New Testaments, including Cain, Jezebel, Athalea, Nebuchadnezzar, King Herod, and many others. Presentation is available remotely/virtually.

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Things That Keep Me Up at Night: Technology’s Severest Challenges

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm, Last Updated: April 23, 2020 at 7:57 pm

If you are pretty much comfortable with today’s information technology world, this course is probably not for you. The instructor, who teaches technology policy at Mason, has collected several dozen of what he thinks are the scarier, more worrisome, and potentially game-changing topics in information technology that may be in our near-term and longterm future. […]

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth