Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

“Wrath and Reconciliation: An Evolutionary and Computational Approach to Revenge and Forgiveness”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. {refreshments will be provided}
UMHillel| Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life |1100 Stanford Drive

Michael Mccullough,
Professor of Psychology

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For 25 years, I have worked toward a psychological understanding of humans’ propensities for revenge and forgiveness. For the past ten of those years, I have sought to take natural selection and the computational theory of mind seriously.  Doing so has led to surprising insights and new kinds of clarity about how revenge and forgiveness operate in human affairs.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information, contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021; rglemaud@miami.edu.


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

“Photography: From Romanticism to Structuralism”

Monday, November 14, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. {Reception to follow}
Shalala Student Center | Ballroom East|

J Tomas Lopez,
Professor of Art & Art History
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Rethinking Barthe’s concept of ‘Studium’ and ‘Punctum’ within four portfolios of photographic work during the past three years. In ‘Studium’, the picture plane is approached as a problem of composition and not in a calculated attempt to shock. If an audience is conditioned to anticipate a surprise – it rejects the more contemplative image.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information. contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021; rglemaud@miami.edu.


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

“Before the Holocaust: Anti-Semitic Violence during the Nazi Seizure of Power”

Tuesday, April 14, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. {Reception to follow}
Miller Center Auditorium, Judaic Studies Center, Merrick 105

Hermann Beck,
Professor of History
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Contrary to the assumptions of previous historiography, a proliferation of anti-Semitic attacks occurred already weeks after Hitler became chancellor. We examine the nature of these attacks and the reaction of German society to Nazi brutality and ask why there was so little opposition to anti-Semitic violence on the part of German society and elites at a time when resistance still seemed possible.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information. contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021; rglemaud@miami.edu.


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

Ezra Pound, John Adams, James Fenimore Cooper, and the Myth of the Venetian Republic.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. {reception to follow}
Wesley Gallery| 1210 Stanford Drive (across from the Lowe Art Museum)

Robert Casillo,
Professor of English
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The myth of Venice as an ideal republic has been celebrated not only by Venetian historians and political theorists but by numerous non-Venetian observers extending from the Renaissance Florentines to John Ruskin and beyond. By contrast, Ezra Pound in his Cantos portrays Venice not as a model republic but rather as a usurious oligarchy. Pound’s version of the “black myth” of Venice at once parallels and builds upon a distinguished English and especially American tradition of political and historical writing, whose most important exemplars include John Adams, Brooks Adams, William Roscoe, and James Fenimore Cooper.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information. contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021; rglemaud@miami.edu.


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

Should We Cram Evolution Down the Throats of Funtlamentalist Students?

Monday, December 7, 2015, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. {reception to follow}
Abess Center, Ungar Building, Room 230C/D.

Dr. Harvey Siegel,
Professor of Philosophy
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The Evolution/Creationism-Intelligent Design controversy has bedeviled public school science education in the United States for nearly MO centuries. On the scientific merits, the question should have been resolved long ago. The fad that it hasn't been suggests that more is at stake than the scientific merits of the opposing views. In this talk I briefly review the history, argue that the oontrcwersy is best seen not just in scientific but rather also in broadly cultural terms. and that the educational issue is best resolved by focusing on belief. What exactly should science teachers expect their fundamentalist students to believe?

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information. contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021; rglemaud@miami.edu.


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

Staying on Top of Modern Science: Profile of a Cooper Fellow

October 29, 2015 3:30-4:30PM

Roger Leblanc
Chair and Professor of Chemistry

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The life of an academic researcher is ternary, balancing between teaching, research and a personal life. Teaching offers many challenges, but these are greatly outweighed by the benefits of being a mentor. Through the years, it has been a privilege to have so many students pass through my lab and contribute to what has been an ever-changing study of biophotophysical properties. Keeping up with the ebb and flow of research requires constant acclimation to modern advances. Sustaining a career in research directs one down many different paths. While research and mentoring tend to tip the scales, it is the personal side of an academic researcher that helps to maintain balance.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021 or rglemaud@miami.edu


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

The Frightening Reality of Sea Level Rise

October 17, 2012

Dr. Harold Wanless
Professor and Chair of Geological Sciences


Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

Naturefacts and Artifacts

November 15, 2011 3:30-4:30PM

Dr. Risto Hilpinen
Professor of Philosophy

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Aristotle divided existing things into those that exist by nature and products of art. The talk will explore this distinction and what is involved in making artifacts.

Cooper Fellows Lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Pavia garage. For more information contact Rose Glemaud at 305-284-4021 or rglemaud@miami.edu