College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is grateful for the support received from its President's Advisory Council members for the following Distinguished Guest Lecturer Series events.
Fall 2009
Department of Africana Studies - Writer/Speaker Series

  • Maryse Condé, Ph.D., renowned author and professor emeritus of French at Columbia University.  Condé's continuous preoccupation with tropes of exile, migration, European imperialism, identity, African ancestry, notions of home and homelessness, corruption and disillusionment qualifies her as one of the leading and influential voices of the African Diaspora. Author of more than 18 novels, Condé has garnered numerous accolades for her invaluable contribution to the arts and humanities that include the Prix Yourcenar 1999 for excellence in French writing, the Prix de L'Academie Française (1988). Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 6-8:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, Bishop Dougherty University Center. 

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • "Comparing Languages, Similarities, Differences and Patterns" lecture by Mark Baker, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics of Rutgers University. Dr. Baker is an expert on African and native American languages and also a world renowned linguist.  He has published 5 books on linguistics:  The Syntax of Agreement (2008), The Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives (2003), The Atoms of Language (2001), The Polysynthesis Parameter (1996), and Incorporation: A Theory of Grammatical Function Changing (1988). He has also published numerous articles in prestigious journals of linguistics. Thursday, November 12, 2009, in the Beck Rooms, Walsh Library at 6:00 p.m.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • “Biorganometallic Chemistry of Mercury and the Impact of Coordination of Lewis Acids to Metal Centers” lecture by Gerard Parkin, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry at Columbia University. Professor Parkin has received numerous awards including the Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday Morgan Medal. Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 5:45 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center Atrium and Amphitheater.

Department of Philosophy - Philosophers Speak Series

  • “Proportionality in Self-Defense and War” lecture by Jeff McMahan, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Professor McMahan's lecture will focus on how Just war theory was developed within Catholic moral theology. This lecture will be of interest to students and faculty of the departments of Catholic Studies, Theology, Philosophy, and, in particular, to students and faculty from the School of Diplomacy and the Department of Political Science. Professor McMahan is an internationally renowned philosopher and writes extensively in the areas of ethics and applied ethics, social-political philosophy, and legal theory. His work includes Killing in War (2009), The Ethics of Killing (2002), and the Morality of Nationalism (1997) and over 75 published articles. Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 4 p.m. in the Science and Technology Amphitheater.

Department of Physics

  • "Small Telescopes, Large Telescopes, and Scientific Literacy" lecture by Theodore B. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include optical observations of extragalactic objects as well as instrument development.  This lecture is part of the dedication of the new telescope and the opening of the observatory in the Science and Technology Center. Tours of the observatory and a reception in the Patrick M. and Mary Ann P. Murray Atrium to follow. Monday, November 23, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center.

Department of Psychology

  • Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D. will be lecturing on the importance of spatial intelligence in education. She is a Professor of Psychology at Temple University and PI of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC), headquartered at Temple and also involving Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania as primary partners. A nationally recognized expert on cognitive development, Dr. Newcombe's research has focused on spatial development and the development of episodic and autobiographical memory. Her work has been federally funded by NICHD and the National Science Foundation over 20 years. Friday, November 6, 2009 at 12 p.m. in Jubilee Hall.

Institute of Museum Ethics

  • "The Body in the Museum: Ethical Issues and Historical Practices” lecture by Janet Berlo, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Professor Berlo will examine the history of bodily presence in the museum, ranging from 19th century living peoples and their body parts to recent critiques. She is a scholar of Native North American visual cultures, specializing in Plains Indians; graphic arts since 1850; Inuit arts; and women's representational practices.  She also studies American quilt history and nineteenth-century visual culture. Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology

  • "Bidirectional interaction between the nervous and immune systems in health and disease" lecture by Thomas Molitor, Ph.D., College of Veterinary of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Molitor is an internationally known immunologist and one of the leading scientists in the field of neuroimmune pharmacology.  His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health for over two decades.  Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. in McNulty Hall Room 101.

Russian East European Studies Program

  • "Connecting the Two Shores: the Rise of New Immigrant Fiction" lecture by Anya Ulinich award-winning writer, visual artist, and New York Times columnist.  Listed by the Washington Post as "one of the most interesting new authors to watch," Anya Ulinich has a keen interest in the intersection of immigrant experience and universal human values.  She is also the author of the best-selling novel Petropolis a story of a bi-racial Russian girl confused by her identity trying to find her way in life.  Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6 p.m. in Fahy Hall 236.

Sister Rose Thering Endowment for Jewish Christian and Holocaust Studies

  • Norman Conrad, director of the Lowell Milkin Center and the Life in a Jar Foundation as well as a social studies teacher from Fort Scott Kansas.   Mr. Conrad will speak about his unique educational approach that resulted in the world-recognized student produced drama, Life in a Jar--the story of Irena Sendler a social worker during World War II who devised and implemented a plan to save over 25000 young Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.  Sunday, October 25, 2009, 11:30 a.m. in the Beck Rooms, Walsh Library.

Spring 2010

Department of Communication and The Arts

  • " Universal Access to Culture through Technology," by Janice Majewski and Catherine McNally.  Janice Majewski is the Accessibility Specialist at the US Department of Justice.  Catherine McNally is the founder and President of KeenGuides, Inc.  KeenGuides creates, aggregates, and distributes, short-format video and audio cultural tours served on a mobile platform, with accessibility at its core.  This panel discussion will emphasize enhancing cultural education through technology as well as its broader value-centered goal to provide access to culture and education to all.  Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 6:15 p.m.

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • Poto-Mitan:Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Community, co-producer and co-director Mark Schuller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Africana American Studies and Anthropology at York College, the City University of New York.  Following the viewing of the film, Dr. Schuller will give a mini lecture about his experiences and involvement in grassroots campaigns and organizations.  In addition to understanding contemporary Haiti, Dr. Schuller's research contributes to theories of globalization, NGOs, civil society, and development.  Wednesday, February, 17, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Beck Rooms, Walsh Library.

Department of Biological Sciences

  • The Annual Petersheim Academic Exposition celebrates the scholarly achievement of undergraduate and graduate students through the sights and sounds of academic knowledge and its application.  The EXPO is aligned with Seton Hall University's mission in several ways, honoring the innovative spirit of its founder, Matthew Petersheim, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, who passed away in 1998.  Partial funding for the keynote speaker at this event has been provided by the College of Arts and Science thanks to the generous support of the President's Advisory Council members.  Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Science and Technology Amphitheater.

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • "Plato's (Mis)quotations of Homer in the Republic: Text and Context" lecture by Patrick Lake who currently teaches at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Lake's lecture will be based on his dissertation that he is working on studying the misquotations of Homer by Plato.  Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., location T.B.A.

Department of Communication and The Arts

  • Dr. Paul J. Lioy, Director of Exposure Science at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute of Rutgers University and distinguished scientist at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Dr. Lioy will be lecturing on the environmental consequences of the World Trade Center attacks.  He will be speaking about his work and his new book, Dust: The Inside Story of its Role in the September 11 Aftermath.  Dr. Lioy was one of the first scientists to take dust samples from Ground Zero and his work on has become a primary resource for studies investigating the link between dust exposure and a range of respiratory problems and chronic illnesses.  Tuesday, March 23 at 4 p.m., Becks Room, Walsh Library.

Department of English

  • Michael Bérubé, Ph.D., from Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Bérubé's lecture will be based on his new book The Left At War.  He has written over a hundred fifty essays for academic journals and published six books.  He is also the editor of The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies (2004) and with Cary Nelson, of Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics and the Crisis of the Humanities (1995).  His book Life As We Know It: A Father, A Family, and an Exceptional Child (1996) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and chosen as one of the best books of the year by Maureen Corrigan of National Public Radio.  Thursday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Becks Room, Walsh Library.

Department of History

  • "Philip Vickers Fithian: the Rural Enlightenment, and the American Revolution in New Jersey" by John Fea, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University.  Dr. Fea has written extensively for both scholarly and popular audiences.  His book, The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in America, received awards from the New Jersey Council of Humanities and the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance.  His essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications and journals.  He writes for the national syndicated History News Service and blogs daily at "The Way of Improvement Leads Home."  He has been a fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Lilly Fellows Program.  Monday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Fahy Hall Room 236.

  • Dr. Maxine Lure, former department chair and member of the History Department since 1994, will be retiring after the spring semester.  To honor her years of service to Seton Hall, the Department of History is inviting a well known historian of Colonial America to give a talk in connection to Dr. Lurie's teaching and research interests. Partial funding for this event has been provided by the College of Arts and Science thanks to the generous support of the President's Advisory Council members. (Date T.B.A.)

Department of Philosophy - Philosophers Speak Series

  • "Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation: Toward a neo-Polanyian Conception of Capitalist Crisis" lecture by Nancy Fraser, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School in New York City.  Dr. Fraser is a world renowned feminist, political philosopher, and critical theorist, authoring such works as Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (2008), Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (2003), Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (1997), Revaluing French Feminism (1994), and Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory (1989). The lecture should be of interest to philosophy, law, business and economics, and political science faculty and students and anyone concerned about social justice in a time of economic crisis.  Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in McNulty Hall, the Science and Technology Amphitheater.

Department of Psychology

  • R. Eric Landrum, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Boise State University. Dr. Landrum will be giving two presentations. One will be geared towards faculty and graduate students with a presentation of empirical evidence on the development of a pedagogical environment where students can best achieve their academic goals. His second presentation will be for all audiences discussing how the research on teaching and learning can help empower students. Dr. Landrum authored The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (2006) and also is a contributor to Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint For The Future Of The Discipline (2009).  Friday, March 26 from 12:00 p.m., location T.B.A.

Department of Religion

  • "Medieval Monasticism in Magna Graeca," lecture by Giles Constable, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Research, Princeton.  Giles Constable has published more than 20 books in the area of medieval religious and intellectual history including The Reformation of the Twelfth Century (1996) and Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi (with William J. Connell, 2005).  Professor Constable will be discussing Medieval Christianity in Southern Italy.  Wednesday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. in A&S 107, Amphitheater.

Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies

  • Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, Ph.D., Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Russian Literature and Culture and chair of the Slavic Department, Barnard College. Dr. Nepomnaschy's lecture will focus on the Russian-American author, Vladimir Nabokov, and his complicated and often negative relationship towards women writers. Dr. Nepomnayashchy is also the director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.  Her publications include Under the Sky of My Africa: Alexander Puskin and Blackness (2006), Abram Tertz and the Poetics of Crime (1995), and Strolls with Pushkin (1993).  Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. in Fahy 236.

Institute of Museum Ethics

  • "The Silent Message of the Museum" by Fred Wilson , B.F.A.  Mr Wilson will explain how his projects remind the viewer that there are many stories contained within any single object not just the one described in the wall label or museum catalogue.  Mr. Wilson is internationally known for his museum installations in which he re-installs and re-labels objects for the purpose of creating new meanings and non-conventional narratives.  He has created such projects across the US and around the world in diverse venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History and Ethnography and the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Dartmouth College, and the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m. in the Jubilee Auditorium.

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