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December 2014 01

  • Monday
    7:30 PM
    The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Melanie Finney presenting "Northern Ireland's Continuing Quest for Peace."
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    Full Description: The Global Studies Seminar welcomes Melanie Finney presenting "Northern Ireland's Continuing Quest for Peace." In 1998, citizens on both sides of the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland ratified the Good Friday Belfast Agreement. Brokered in part by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, the agreement was considered an end of violence during the period known as the Troubles, and the beginning of a joint, government and community. However, many issues remain unresolved in the 16 years since the agreement was made. This paper examines some of these issues and argues that the ongoing peace process is still tenuous. Several issues are still contested in Northern Ireland, including observation of various cultural traditions such as display of flags and parading, memorialization and commemoration of specific sites related to the Troubles, and the concerns with the process of truth and reconciliation. Finney will also discuss the Boston College interviews that prompted international debate and led to the arrest of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in Spring 2014 and how these events have further jeopardized the peace process. Finney teaches in the departments of communication and theatre at DePauw University.
    Address: F.W. Olin Science Hall, Room 114, Denison University, 100 Sunset Hill, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Global Studies Seminar
    Event Contact: Fadhel Kaboub, 740-587-6315
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December 2014 02

  • Tuesday
    12:30 PM
    The Tuesday Faculty Lunch Series welcomes Hanada Al-Masri presenting “Jordanian Editorial Cartoons: An Insider’s Perspective Into Jordanian Culture.”
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    Full Description: The Tuesday Faculty Lunch Series welcomes Hanada Al-Masri presenting "Jordanian Editorial Cartoons: An Insider’s Perspective Into Jordanian Culture." Editorial cartoons have struck a nerve in popular culture. They represent a rich source of social entertainment and criticism, they are available to a wide readership, and they have a wide circulation through daily newspapers, magazines, and recently the Internet and social media. This talk is based on a case study of the editorial cartoons drawn by the eminent Jordanian cartoonist Imad Hajjaj. It takes us into the political, cultural, social and ideological issues pertaining to Jordanian society from the cartoonist’s perspective as an insider in the Jordanian society. The talk concludes with an inventory of Hajjaj’s distinctive linguistic characteristics and stylistic techniques.
    Address: Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall, Denison University, 150 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Event Contact: Margot Singer, 740-587-5741
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December 2014 03

  • Wednesday
    4:15 PM
    Denison Scientific Association welcomes Jenna Monroy presenting "The Spring in Your Step: Understanding the Role of Titin in Muscle Function."
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    Full Description: Denison Scientific Association welcomes Jenna Monroy presenting "The Spring in Your Step: Understanding the Role of Titin in Muscle Function."
    Address: F.W. Olin Science Hall, Room 114, Denison University, 100 Sunset Hill, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Event Contact: May Mei, 740-587-6248
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    Tags: Sciences, Series

December 2014 04

  • Thursday
    4:30 PM
    The Department of Modern Languages welcomes Thomas Burman presenting "Why Wasn't Ramon Marti More Interested in Islam?"
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    Full Description: The Department of Modern Languages welcomes Thomas Burman presenting "Why Wasn't Ramon Marti More Interested in Islam?" urman is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Tennessee. Burman works on the intellectual engagement between Latin Christendom and the Islamic world, and has authored several important works including "Reading the Quran in Latin," "Christendom and Religious Polemic" and "The Intellectual History of the Mozarabs."
    Address: Samson Talbot Hall, Room 210, Denison University, 350 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Department of Modern Languages, Foresman Fund, Department of History
    Event Contact: Liz Barringer-Smith, 740-587-6643
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    Tags: Languages

December 2014 05

  • Friday
    4:00 PM
    The Department of Philosophy welcomes Christopher Pincock presenting "Newton, Laplace and Salmon on Explaining the Tides" for the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series.
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    Full Description: The Department of Philosophy welcomes Christopher Pincock presenting "Newton, Laplace and Salmon on Explaining the Tides" for the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series. Pincock states: "Salmon cites Newton's explanation of the tides in support of a causal account of scientific explanation. In this paper I reconsider the details of how Newton and his successors actually succeeded in explaining several key features of the tides. It turns out that these explanations depend on elements that are not easily interpreted in causal terms. I use the explanations offered after Newton to indicate two different ways that non-causal factors can be significant for scientific explanation. In Newton's equilibrium explanation, only a few special features of the tides can be explained. A later explanation deploys a kind of harmonic analysis to provide an informative classification of the tides at different locations. I consider the options for making sense of these explanations." Christopher Pincock is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the Ohio State University. His research is centered on the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of science and the history of analytic philosophy.
    Address: F.W. Olin Science Hall, Room 114, Denison University, 100 Sunset Hill, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Department of Philosophy, Titus-Hepp Lecture Series
    Event Contact: Kate Tull, 740-587-6387
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December 2014 06

  • Saturday
    10:00 AM
    Auditions for the Denison TEDx event on March 5, 2015. Proposals for TEDxDenison due by Dec. 3, to TEDxDenisonU@denison.edu.
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    Full Description: Auditions for the Denison TEDx event on March 5, 2015. Proposals for TEDxDenison due by Dec. 3, to TEDxDenisonU@denison.edu.
    Address: Slayter Hall, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Project Startup
    Event Contact: Stephanie Hunt-Theophilus, 740-587-8579
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December 2014 09

  • Tuesday
    12:30 PM
    The Tuesday Faculty Lunch Series welcomes Harry Heft presenting “Public Spaces and the Life of Communities: Reflections on the Design of the Denison Campus.”
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    Full Description: The Tuesday Faculty Lunch Series welcomes Harry Heft presenting “Public Spaces and the Life of Communities: Reflections on the Design of the Denison Campus.” The social significance of spaces in the public realm, mostly notably, “the spaces between buildings,” has tended to be neglected in the design fields for over a century. It was once well understood that the “the spaces between buildings” are where civic life takes root and possibilities for unplanned, meaningful social relationships reside. Over the past 30 years designers and planners have slowly rediscovered the significance of creating the kinds of public spaces that cultivate social exchange. How does the Denison campus measure up in this regard? Has the undeniably ‘picturesque’ character of our campus led us to overlook the need for design features that contribute to the development of a rich living community?
    Address: Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall, Denison University, 150 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Event Contact: Margot Singer, 740-587-5741
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  • Tuesday
    6:00 PM
    Black Studies and The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement present a conversation on “Next Steps: Understanding & Responding to Racism & Inequity in Our Communities & Abroad.”
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    Full Description: Black Studies and The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement present a conversation on “Next Steps: Understanding & Responding to Racism & Inequity in Our Communities & Abroad.” Teach-ins became popular in the 1960’s as a venue to talk about the involvement of the United States government in Vietnam. It has remained a powerful tool to discuss controversial issues in educational and academic environments. Teach-ins are meant to be practical, participatory and most importantly oriented towards action. Participation between speakers and audience are key to creating a successful teach-in.
    Address: Slayter Hall, Auditorium, Denison University, 200 Ridge Road, Granville, OH 43023
    Open to Public: Yes
    Sponsored By: Department of Black Studies, Cross-Cultural Community
    Event Contact: Linda Krumholz, 740-587-5740