The Supreme Court sits atop the American legal system and frequently decides cases with political implications. How should the Court behave when its members’ views differ from those of the American public? How will the Court rule on pending cases this term? Dan Urman, Director of the Law & Public Policy Minor at the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs Director of Hybrid & Online Programs at the School of Law will share his expertise.
Dr. Serena Parekh Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Politics, Philosophy and Economics Program will show the importance of understanding there is not one but two global refugee crises. The first is the more well-known crisis faced by Western states who are asked to take in refugees and asylum seekers; the second crisis is the crisis faced by refugees themselves who are unable to find refuge anywhere in the world. Formulating a morally adequate refugee policy will require understanding both crises. Dr. Parekh will show why we should understand the global refugee crisis as a structural injustice and why this gives rise to a responsibility to address the crisis for refugees.
Join Campus Executive Chef Tom Barton as he cooks from “The Berkshire’s Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the New England Hills,” while having an interactive conversation with authors Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner. The Bildners will share their story of paying tribute to the dedicated family farmers and farm-to-table chefs of the Berkshires.
The cost of this event is $25 and each registration will receive one copy of The Berkshire’s Farm Table Cookbook.
Professor Patricia Davis, Associate Professor of Communications Studies discussed the campaigns to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces in terms of social identity, which provides the “glue” connecting them to the reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement. She described the power inherent in public monuments and offered her thoughts on the ways in which African American memories serve as counter-narratives to those conveyed through the monuments.
Professor William Mayer, Professor of Political Science, shared his thoughts and expertise on the future of American Politics under the new Biden Administration.
Music is an art form that is found in every culture and at every stage in life. While there is much anecdotal evidence supporting the therapeutic effects of making and listening to music, the science of music for cognitive and brain health is still in its infancy. Psyche Loui, PhD, Assistant Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice described recent studies on music and the brain, focusing on music-based interventions for reducing stress and loneliness, and improving working memory.
Antibiotics are one of the single greatest advances in medicine. However, inappropriate use threatens to lead us into a post-antibiotic era. Brandon Dionne, Assistant Clinical Professor shared more about the history of antibiotics and what we can do to ensure their future utility.
Alireza Ramezani, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is helping lead a team of students recently awarded a grant from NASA to develop two four-legged robots designed with the required capabilities to explore and operate in permanently shadowed regions.
Lee Makowski, Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering, discusses how we are using novel imaging tools in an attempt to better understand these processes and uncover clues to design effective therapeutic strategies for slowing or halting disease progression.
Margaret Angell, Head of Partnerships and Operations, Chris Mallett, Chief Administrative Officer, and Michael Pollastri, Senior Vice Provost for Portland; Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology discuss the Roux Institute’s progress to date and the impact the Institution is having on the local community.