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TITLE: GODS, DEMONS, and LAWYERS: The Binding Contract in Hindu Mythology
SPEAKER: Prof. William Elison, UCSB Dept of Religious Studies
Most Hindus know the story of the "Three Steps," and Prof. Williams will introduce a family of stories, including this classical myth, modern retellings, and related stories from India and farther. Whom you favor has much to do with how you feel about the law. Join us for an entertaining and enlightening hour.
TITLE: THE MIDDLE-EAST ENSEMBLE
Founded in 1989 by Prof. Scott Marcus, the popular Middle-East Ensemble performs music and dance from Arab, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Kurdish, and Assyrian cultures. Prof. Marcus will introduce music and dance from diverse cultures played on traditional instruments.
TITLE: INFLUENZA....It's Going Viral
SPEAKER: Professor Bruce Phillips, Emeritus U Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Influenza is a highly communicative viral disease and has had an enormous impact on civilization. In 1918, an estimated 100 million people died worldwide from it. Last year, 85,000 Americans died of the flu. Prof. Phillips will discuss efforts for battling this disease and talk about how to stay healthy.
This talk provides an update focused on not only basic concepts of "dementia" and the "impending dementia tsunami," but also reviews the latest thinking about underlying causes of dementia. Dr. Harbaugh will also discuss the latest information about disease-modifying efforts and what is currently used.
TITLE: ENABLING THE FIRST INTERSTELLAR MISSIONS
SPEAKER: Prof. Philip Lubin, UCSB Physics Dept.
To reach the nearest stars requires new types of spacecraft and propulsion. Prof. Lubin will describe how we can use high-powered lasers to propel tiny wafer-like spacecraft to speeds up to a fourth of the speed of light. These spacecraft could reach our nearest stars in 20 years and send back amazing information. In the future, spacecraft could reach relativistic speeds.
TITLE: What's Cooking Now in the Study of Food and Religion
SPEAKER: Prof. Elizabeth Perez, UCSB Dept of Religious Studies
Drawing from her award-winning book, RELIGION IN THE KITCHEN, Prof Perez discusses cooking for the gods and ancestors in Afro-Caribbean religions such as Haitian Vodou and Brazilian Candomble. Learning to feed the spirits has shaped the development of African traditions in the Americas, and studying food gives insight about race and gender.
The remarkable discovery of the Iceman in the Alps provides a wealth of information about the cultures of Europe when he was alive. Dr. Michael Jochim, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Anthropology Dept., UCSB, will tell us what is known about the Iceman and what life was like during his time.
Space-based observations from the Keplar satellite provide remarkable tools for studying stars. By measuring a star's brightness, we can determine its mass and other attributes. Prof. Lars Bildsten from the famous Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at UCSB will talk about how star study increases our understanding of the Universe.