January 12, 2004
UCSC to present 2004 Thinking at the Edge
Distinguished Lecture Series
By Scott Rappaport
Internationally renowned AIDS researcher Robert Gallo, award-winning
social psychologist Elliot Aronson, and UC Berkeley astronomy professor
and planet hunter Geoffrey Marcy are just a few of the diverse array
of speakers set to appear at UCSC in the coming year.
Robert Gallo, M.D., co-discoverer of the HIV virus as the
cause of AIDS, is one of the speakers featured in the "Thinking
at the Edge" series. He will speak at UCSC on March 4.
Photo courtesy of Robert Gallo
Its all part of UCSCs 2004 Thinking at the Edge
Distinguished Lecture Series, which kicks off on January 20 with a presentation
by actress and producer Yolanda King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.
Since the founding of the campus in 1965, UCSCs academic divisions
and departments have presented hundreds of special lecture events that
have been primarily attended by members of the campus community. The
2004 Thinking at the Edge series is designed to highlight
and feature those lectures that would be of the greatest interest to
the general public.
The campus is eager to bring these engaging, thought-provoking
lectures--addressing a wide range of scientific, social, and political
issues--to the broader community, noted Ronald P. Suduiko, vice
chancellor for University Relations.
There are many great lectures offered on campus throughout the
year that the community would love, but doesnt always hear about,
added University Events director Trink Praxel. This new lecture
series will give some of these lectures greater visibility and give
the community new opportunities to share in the campuss academic
Following is the 2004 Thinking at the Edge winter/spring
Tuesday, January 20--Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther
King Jr., will speak on Living the Dream, a discussion of
the importance of continuing Dr. Kings work and philosophy as
part of the 20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation. Santa Cruz
Civic Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 5--Barbara Rogoff, UCSC Foundation psychology
professor, UC Presidential Chair, and nationally recognized cross-cultural
researcher on how children learn, will discuss her work as she delivers
UCSCs annual Faculty Research Lecture. Music Center Recital Hall,
UCSC, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 11--Elliot Aronson, UCSC emeritus professor
of psychology, was just named one of the most eminent psychologists
of the 20th century by the Review of General Psychology. He will
speak on The Elephant in the Parlor: How the Columbine High School
Massacre Could Have Been Prevented at the UCSC Emeritus Faculty
Lecture. Media Theater, UCSC, 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 4--Robert Gallo, M.D., director of the Institute
of Human Virology at the University of Maryland and co-discoverer of
the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS, will talk about HIVs pathogenic
mechanisms, suggest methods for scientific aid to needy nations, and
outline a path to a preventive vaccine as he delivers UCSCs annual
Sinsheimer Lecture. Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room, UCSC, 4
Tuesday, April 13--Ernie Cortez, regional director for the Industrial
Areas Foundation (IAF), recipient of a MacArthur genius
award, and one of the premier community organizers and community-based
intellectuals in the country, will present UCSCs Center for Justice,
Tolerance, and Community Lecture. Holy Cross Church Parish Hall, Santa
Cruz, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17--Sandra Faber, renowned UCSC astronomy professor
and UCO/Lick Observatories astronomer, has been involved with two of
the major optical astronomy ventures of recent years--the Hubble Space
Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory. She will deliver the Banana
Slug Spring Fair Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Bhojwani Dining Room
at the University Center (located above the Colleges Nine and Ten Dining
Hall), UCSC, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19--Geoffrey Marcy, professor of astronomy at
UC Berkeley, astronomer at UCO/Lick Observatories, and renowned planet
hunter, will present the Spring Halliday Lecture. Location TBA, 8 p.m.
Spring 2004--Jane Lubchenko, marine biology professor and distinguished
professor of zoology at Oregon State University, member of the Pew Oceans
Commission, and world-recognized expert on nearshore regions of the
Pacific Coast, will present the first annual Keeley Lecture. Details
on the lecture's time, date, and location will be released later.
For more information, contact Beth Nelson, University Events Office,
at (831) 459-1438 or via e-mail.
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