Are you brave enough to tell a joke? On a TV show under an authoritarian regime? Bassem Youssef, "The Jon Stewart of Egypt" was, and Sara Taksler tells the fascinating story of this heart surgeon turned comedian in her film, Tickling Giants. Taksler will show the film and lead a discussion with the audience.
We think we make rational decisions all the time, but do we? Through his often unusual research studies, the best selling author of "Predictably Irrational" and popular TED presenter Dan Ariely shows us the truth so that we can live more sensible -- if not rational -- lives.
According to the AIDS.gov website, in 2015 there were 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide – a number equivalent to the current population of California. As troubling as that statistic is, there’s a more disturbing one on the Foundation for AIDS Research website: for that same year, approximately 5,700 persons were added daily. After studying the problem, educator, arts critic, and curator David Gere concluded there were three main reasons for the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS: widespread stigma, extreme social inequality, and limited access to lifesaving medication. He decided to use his abundant creative abilities to address these issues. Gere’s presentation, “Can Art Save Lives?” which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Whitaker Hall Auditorium, will touch on the ways he uses creative approaches to turn his passion (and compassion) into action.
How does age impact the work of creative artists? Does an artist's accumulated knowledge and experience, combined with a sense that time is finite, create the conditions for especially intense or heightened expression? And how do these dynamics – common to artists of all kinds - play out in the realm of music composition? The internationally-renowned pianist Jonathan Biss explores these questions of “late style” creativity in a panel discussion with Washington University faculty on February 8 at 5 pm in Danforth University Center’s Goldberg Formal Lounge.
The desire to improve living standards throughout the globe is a commendable goal, but given the enormous scope and scale of the challenges, how can someone who has dedicated his life to meeting that goal remain optimistic? By focusing on the successes! Join Brookings scholar John McArthur on February 23 to learn about the successes -- and potential future successes -- as he reports on the UN's Millennium initiative.
Prominent Republican politician and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will bring his extensive knowledge to bear on stage in Graham Chapel on February 27. The event will include Romney in conversation with law school faculty The event is free and open to the public, although priority seating will be given to the campus community.
Is Kanye West a scourge or a genius? Or both? When viewed through the American cultural prism, West becomes a fascinating figure for study. Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. is a scholar who focuses on areas of Black popular culture and masculinities, cultural theory, and sexuality studies – who earned a doctorate in performance studies – and these areas of research specialization will inform his Assembly Series presentation, Mumbo Jumbo: The (in)Audibility of Kanye West,” on Wednesday, March 8. (Note that the program’s start time and location will be announced at a later date.)
True or False: All published research studies report accurate findings. If the statement were true, psychologist Brian Nosek wouldn't have dedicated several years to the Reproducibility Project, a major initiative involving hundreds of scientists volunteering their time to reproduce the results of many significant studies. Find out the results of the project, what they mean to the social science and science disciplines, and recommendations for improving the success rate, at noon on March 22 when Nosek will deliver a talk on "Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication."
On January 18, 2017, NPR reported that last year is the hottest on record. Perhaps more alarming is the news that 2016 is the third consecutive year to break this record. To translate what this means to global climate change, and how that affects the world's population, David Easterling, chief scientist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, will give us “A Scientific View of Climate Change” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.