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April is packed with public lectures and events at Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Star gazing and beer science. Water conservation and hip-hop. There is truly something for everyone at Connecticut College this April. All month long, Connecticut College is hosting lectures and events open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 1

- "Computer Audition: What the Computer Hears," an endowed directorship lecture by Ozgur Izmirli, the Judith Ammerman '60 Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, 6:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Thursday, April 2

- "Honor Killings in Modern Day Europe: Challenges and Prospects," by Unni Wikan, author and professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- SOAR Dinner: "Race and the Environment." The college's Society Organized Against Racism (SOAR) is hosting a dinner and discussion with Jane Dawson, professor of government; Colleen Butler-Sweet, visiting associate professor of psychology; and Mark Mitchell, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, 5 p.m. in the 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams student center. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Friday, April 3

- "Water Use and Abuse: Innovations in Conservation," a lecture by Amy Vickers, president of Amy Vickers and Associates Inc., an international consulting practice specializing in water conservation, 7:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center. This keynote lecture is part of the 2009 Elizabeth Babbott Conant Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment.

- "Human Rights Now!: Stop Human Trafficking," a lecture by human trafficking expert Ray Bechard, 8 p.m. in Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Saturday, April 4

- Spring Star Gazing, 8 - 10 p.m. in the Olin Observatory, atop the F.W. Olin Science Center.

Monday, April 6

- "Sensuality and Spirituality: an Interactive Common Hour," an exploration of connection between sensuality and spirituality through poetry, music and food with Claudia Highbaugh, dean of religious and spiritual life, 4:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, Burdick Residence Hall.

- "Neurological Models of Bipolar Disorder," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Aude Henin, director of the Cognitive Therapy Program, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, 4:30 p.m. in the Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

- "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Redefining the Image of Asians in U.S. Culture," an Asian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month convocation event, 7 p.m. in the 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams.

Tuesday, April 7

- "Early Family Literacy and Math," by Joanne Knapp-Philo, co-author of "Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in The First Three Years," 1:15 p.m. in Room 1, Holmes Hall.

- "The Science of a Simple Meal: Bread, Cheese and Beer," a Chemistry Department seminar by Casey C. Raymond, associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Oswego, 4:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium, Hale Laboratory.

Wednesday, April 8

- "The State of American Museums," a panel discussion featuring Agnes Gund, a 1960 Connecticut College graduate and chair emerita of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art; Carl R. Nold, president and CEO of Historic New England and chair of the American Association of Museums; and Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, 4 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Gallery.

Thursday, April 9

- "Are There Any Limits on the Growth of the Federal Government's Power?" A book talk by John Nugent, senior research analyst at Connecticut College, 4 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- "Rap Sessions Panel: Hip-Hop and Gender," a discussion about hip-hop culture, sexism and homophobia, 4:30 p.m. in Room 014, F. W. Olin Science Center.

- "Telling Maggie's Story: Exploding the Myths About Dating Violence," by Susan Omilian, an attorney, published author and long-time advocate to end violence against women, 4:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Friday, April 10

- "The Physics of Information," by Michel Devoret, professor of applied physics at Yale University, 1:30 p.m. in Room 111, F.W. Olin Science Center.

Wednesday, April 15

- "How Can You Be a Lesbian - You're Jewish!" A public reading of poetry and short stories by Leslea Newman, the award-winning author of "Heather Has Two Mommies," 7 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

Friday, April 17

- Relay For Life - The American Cancer Society walk comes to Connecticut College for the first time. The walk begins at 6 p.m. on Tempel Green.

Saturday, April 18

- New York Bus Trip, sponsored by the Department of Art History. The trip is $30 for students and $40 for faculty, staff and the general public. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and will return at 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Radachy at

- Earth Fest! with outdoor music, food and activities, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Tempel Green. (Rain date is April 19).

Monday, April 20

- "Pathways Through Midlife: Results of a 40-Year Study of Adult Personality and Change," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Susan Krause Whitbourne, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 4:30 p.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Wednesday, April 22

- "Ground Truth," a look at real-time sonic and visual representations of Arctic weather patterns by Andrea Polli, director of interdisciplinary film and digital media at the University of New Mexico, 4:30 p.m. in Room 014, F.W. Olin Science Center. This lecture is part of the Ammerman Center New Media Colloquia Series: Studio Works.

- "Invasion Ecology: The Entanglements of Science and Social Contexts," by Wei Ying Wong, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

Thursday, April 23

- Green Career Fair, featuring opportunities to learn about environmental jobs, careers and graduate programs, 1 p.m. in the 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams student center.

- Spotlight on Human Rights, featuring a compilation of dance, music, speakers and improvisational performances, 8 p.m. in Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $5.

Friday, April 24

- "Self-objectification and Women's Attitudes toward Breastfeeding and Menstruation," a Psychology Department Conference keynote address by Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, associate professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Fredonia, 9 a.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Monday, April 27

- "How Corticotropin-Releasing Factor and Stress Affect Sensori-Motor Gating," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Lisa H. Conti, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, 4:30 p.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Thursday, April 30

- "Is Sex Tax Deductible?: Reminiscences of a Connecticut College Professor," a book talk by Bernard Murstein, the May Buckley Sadowski Professor Emeritus of Psychology, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

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March 30, 2009