January 24, 2012

'ThinK' series at West campus offers lectures, films

Posted: January 24, 2012
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Visits to Arizona State University’s West campus by renowned author and social activist bell hooks (pen name intentionally uncapitalized) and gaming expert Tracy Fullerton are among the highlights of the spring 2012 semester’s ThinK (Tuesdays Here in Kiva) series. The public is invited to these lectures, films and demonstrations, presented by ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

There is no admission charge for ThinK events, held in the Kiva Lecture Hall, part of the Sands Classroom Building on the West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. Visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour.

With the exception of the event featuring bell hooks, all ThinK programs begin at 4 p.m. in the Kiva. The event with hooks on Feb. 14 starts at 3:30 p.m. and will be held in the La Sala ballroom of the University Center Building.

For more information about ThinK, contact Heidi Maxwell, New College’s events manager, at (602) 543-4521 or heidi.maxwell@asu.edu.

The schedule is:

Jan. 24 – The series kicks off with the inaugural New College ThinK Rubik’s Cube Tournament.

Jan. 31 – Luiz Mesquita, a faculty member in ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, addresses “Collective Sources of Competitive Advantage.” Mesquita will discuss his latest research into the 21st century trend of groups of firms collaborating to compete with their common rivals.

Feb. 7 – Doug Kelley, a faculty member in New College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will discuss “Close Relationships: The Intersection of Intimacy and Love.” Kelley studies interpersonal communication processes.  Specifically, his research focuses on how couples negotiate relational expectations and transgressions within marriage.  He has authored books that focus on relational and lifespan challenges and transitions for couples.

Feb. 14 – Special guest bell hooks visits the West campus for a discussion focusing on “The Help,” a 2009 novel that was adapted into a 2011 motion picture. An author, feminist, and social activist, hooks has focused her writing on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published more than 30 books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, and appeared in several documentary films. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks addresses race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism. This event, a signature event for ASU’s Project Humanities, is sponsored by New College and its Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, along with the Black History Month Committee on the West campus. (Special time and location – 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center Building, La Sala ballroom)

Feb. 21 – Charles Deutch, a faculty member in New College’s Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, discusses “Urease Inhibitors: A Possible New Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections?” Among Deutch's research interests are the physiological and biochemical mechanisms by which various bacteria adapt to high-salt environments and the potential implications of these mechanisms for medicine and environmental biology.

Feb. 28 – Donald Frost, a faculty member in ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, shares a presentation on “How the Tax Laws Might Help Finance Your Education.” Frost teaches accounting courses including “Taxes and Business Decisions” and “Advanced Taxation.”

March 6 – Eduardo Pagán, a history professor in New College’s Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, discusses “‘History Detectives’ Investigates the Forged and Forgotten History of Arizona.” Pagán is a co-host of the popular program “History Detectives,” which airs around the country on PBS stations.

March 13 – W. P. Carey School of Business faculty member Jordan Lowe will speak about “The Downfall and Disillusionment of Public Education.” Lowe teaches “Principles of Auditing” and other accounting courses for the Carey School.

March 27 – “Provocations in Play: Experimental Designs from the USC Game Innovation Lab” is the topic presented by Tracy Fullerton, a visiting professor from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts who directs its Game Innovation Lab. Fullerton’s talk will look at several new and current projects, their inspirations and outcomes. Examples will include “Walden, a game,” which is about the experience of author Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, and “Application Crunch,” a game for high school students facing the daunting prospect of getting into the college of their choice. Through a study of these projects, this talk aims to provide inspiration for a creative practice in game design that allows elegant, meaningful solutions to emerge from impertinent and unexpected design questions.

April 3 – Apollonia Gallegos from Teach For America will discuss “High Impact Careers: Teach For America.” Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. More than 9,000 corps members are teaching in 43 regions across the country while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. Teach For America works in partnership on multiple projects and programs with ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

April 10 – An Origami Workshop is scheduled; it will feature a screening of the film “Between the Folds.” The presenter is Omayra Ortega, a faculty member in New College’s Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

April 17 – New College faculty member Asya El-Meehy discusses “Egypt After the Pharaoh: The Politics of Transition.” El-Meehy is a comparative political scientist who studies welfare regimes, political economy of development, state formation, gender and migration in developing countries. She was Andrew Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University and Sultan Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley prior to joining New College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has conducted field research in Egypt and Jordan, and served as a consultant for the World Bank, Universalia and the Dutch Development Cooperation.

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