The series consists of lectures given during the academic year. Faculty presenters discuss research conducted with students and colleagues across the globe.
2018 Fall Semester Dates:
October 3, 12:20-1:15 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
Dr. Jim Buthman
Facilitating Renewal Energy Development in the US: The Role of State and Local Governments
The federal government directs the approval and installation of utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands. However, there are many obstacles to continued development of these types of projects. State and local governments can assist the long term development of renewable energy by acting as network facilitators, bringing stakeholders together to build consensus and support for the burgeoning renewable electricity sector in the United States. This talk will explain the findings of a study analyzing the role states and local governments can play as network facilitators.
October 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
Dr. Doug Zullo
Kehinde Wiley and the Presidential Portrait
Earlier this year, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley. Some critics were puzzled by the painting’s style while others hailed it as a definitive portrait of Obama and his two terms, for varying reasons. Still others focused on the artist’s identity and personality. This talk will explore the answers to several questions. What makes any painting the official presidential portrait? How are the portraitists chosen? What do these portraits communicate to viewers about their subjects? How does the Obama portrait compare to other official portraits? How might we understand the Obama portrait in the context of Wiley’s other work and his ideas about race, power, masculinity, and the history of art?
November 7, 12:20-1:15 p.m.; Eaton Lounge
The Infinite in our Everyday
My art practice deals with our mortal existence in the presence of the great forces that enable it. I research how these immense concepts and unique situations can be brought to human scale and explored through everyday objects. With a jump of scale and thought, these ordinary objects show us that they are governed by the same laws of physics that govern the celestial bodies on which we rely.