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Star gazing, cultural discussions and scientific lectures planned at Connecticut College this October

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Connecticut College is hosting a number of exciting events in October, including star gazing, scientific lectures and cultural discussions focused on everything from gender to immigration. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

The schedule of events is:

- Oct. 1, "Pluralism in American Judaism: Historical Perspectives," a memorial lecture by Deborah Dash Moore, the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Arts Reading Room. For more information, visit

- Oct. 2, "Militarization and Resistance: the Amazing Struggle for Democracy in Honduras and Why We Should Care," 11:45 a.m., Blaustein 210. Honduran immigrants and U.S. citizens Sydney Frey and Patty Adams will discuss Honduras' struggle for democracy.

- Oct. 2, Lecture by Nigel Alderman, assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, 4:30 p.m., Coffee Grounds. Alderman will discuss Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" and late modernism.

- Oct. 6, "Finding Solidarity Across Difference: Gender in a Slumdog Millionaire World," a lecture by Ram Mahalingam, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein 210. This lecture is part of Connecticut College's Holleran Center's Challenges of our Times series.

- Oct. 7, "How Young is too Young? Teen Motherhood and Fast Life Histories," a lecture by Karen L. Kramer, associate professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112.

- Oct. 13, "The Synthesis of Carbohydrate-Porphyrin Conjugates 'Carbophyrins' via Palladium Catalyzed Cross Coupling Approach," a chemistry seminar series lecture by Nicole Snyder, assistant professor of chemistry at Hamilton College, 4:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium, Hale Lab. For more information, visit

- Oct. 16-18, "Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream," a multidisciplinary conference featuring lectures and panel presentations by more than 100 scholars, health and social-service providers, attorneys, activists, educators, immigrants and government personnel. Registration is $100, or $40 for residents of New London County. For more information, visit

- Oct. 19, A Reading by Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge, assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, 4:30 p.m., Coffee Grounds, Almeida-Beveridge will read and discuss Thomas Carlyle's "Dr. Francia" and "The Negro Question" and W.H. Hudson's "The Purple Land."

- Oct. 19, film screening of "Autumn Gem," 6 p.m., Blaustein 210. This independent documentary film explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women's rights activist Qiu Jin (1875-1907).

- Oct. 21, "Carbon Budgets in Coastal Regions," a biology seminar series lecture by Penny Vlahos, a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112.

- Oct. 24, Fall Star Gazing with Leslie Brown, associate professor of physics and astronomy, 6:30 p.m., F.W. Olin Science Center. This event includes hands-on activities for kids, interactive computer programs and star gazing in the college's Olin Observatory.

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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September 24, 2009