Cooper Fellow Lectures

  • 2019 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Computational Explorations of Texts

    Wednesday, October 23, 2018, 3:30 P.M.
    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

     Mitsu Ogihara, Professor of Computer Science

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    Developing efficient and effective methods for analyzing natural texts has been an area of active studies in computer science for many years. Since the beginning of the new millennium, two novel technologies emerged, Latent Dirichlet Allocation and WordVec. These techniques enabled processing of natural texts as sets of numbers, making them more amenable to computational analysis. In this talk, I will go over some of the research I have conducted with the use of these techniques for developing insights into document collections, song lyrics, and TV commercials.

    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

    Hunting, Feasting, Power, and Pleasure at the Court of King John of England, 1199-1216

    Monday, March 18, 2019, 3:30 p.m. (reception to follow)

    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

    Hugh Thomas, Professor of History

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    King John of England faced huge expenses because of warfare with the French King over territories John had inherited in France. The costs of war led him to extract so much money from his subjects that his barons rebelled against him, forcing him to reluctantly issue one of the most famous documents in history: Magna Carta. Yet John also spent massive amounts of money on hunting, feasting, and other pastimes. This lecture explores his motives for spending on such activities in a time of heavy fiscal pressure.

    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.

  • 2018 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    “Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management and Breast Cancer Research at UM. Probing the ABC’s: Adaptation, Biobehavioral Processes and Clinical Outcomes”

    Thursday , November 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m. (reception to follow)

    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

    Michael H. Antoni, Professor of Psychology, Cooper Fellow

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    Since various forms of psychological adversity predict poorer health outcomes in women with breast cancer, it is plausible that behavioral interventions that improve skills for adapting to the challenges of cancer treatment may reduce adversity during treatment and improve long-term clinical outcomes. Dr. Antoni will describe an intervention that he developed—cognitive behavioral stress management (CBSM)— and summarize the results of NCI-funded trials showing that CBSM improves psychological adaptation, and modulates biobehavioral processes (neuroendocrine, immunologic/inflammatory) during breast cancer treatment, and appears to influence longer-term clinical outcomes (depression, quality of life, overall survival and disease-free interval) in proportion to initial biobehavioral changes. Ongoing work using briefer formats, cultural adaptations, and remote delivery platforms to increase the reach of stress management to specific cancer populations is presented.

    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

    “Modeling Populations in Space and Time”

    Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:30 P.M.
    Communication International Building, Room 2055 (School of Communication)

    Christopher Cosner, Professor of Mathematics

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    Mathematical models can provide insights about the ways populations can be expected to grow, and the ways that movement and spatial effects can influence their growth.  This lecture will describe some ideas and results from mathematical population models in an informal and nontechnical way.

    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

    James Joyce and the Making of Finnegans Wake (Paris, 1922-1939)

     

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3:30 P.M.
    School of Nursing & Health Studies, Room 428

    Dr. Patrick A. McCarthy, Professor of English

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    This lecture will focus on the unorthodox creative process through which James Joyce's last work, Finnegans Wake, gradually developed from his random notes and sketches into one of the masterpieces of modernist literature.

    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

    “The Decline and Return of Radical Satire: Fiction, Caricature, and the Political Imaginary in Nineteenth-Century England.”

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 3:30 P.M.
    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

    Frank Palmeri, Professor of English

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    Why are some periods favorable to the production of sharp political satire, while others seem more solemn and constrained? This talk investigates the fortunes of radical satire in England in the long nineteenth century and the forces that played a part in its suppression for almost fifty years both in fiction and in graphic forms. The conclusion brings the narrative forward to consider the possibilities for radical satire in the current age.

    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.

  • 2017 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    “Understanding change: Timing in the development of infant emotion, interaction, and autism”

     

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

    Daniel S. Messinger, Professor of Psychology

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    The first years of life see the emergence of emotions, language, and social relationships. A dynamic systems perspective suggests that real-time patterns of behavior drive these developments. Guided by this perspective, I explore how new technologies and modeling are revealing the role of interaction in behavioral change.

    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

    “From the Shape of the Earth to the Shape of Black Holes: Aristotle to Hawking and Beyond”

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
    Beaux Arts Gallery at the Lowe Art Museum| 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gable, FL 33146

    Dr. Gregory J. Galloway, Professor,
    Department of Mathematics

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    Aristotle pondered the shape of the earth, and gave compelling physical arguments that it is a sphere. More than two thousand years later, around 1970, Stephen Hawking pondered the shape of black holes, then merely a theoretical possibility, and gave compelling arguments for their shape.  We discuss some of the beautiful mathematics behind his findings, and more recent developments concerning "higher dimensional" black holes.

    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

    “Getting Cyberphysical”

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Shalala Student Center – Grand Ballroom East

    Professor Neil Johnson,
    Department of Physics

    Abstract:  The future Web-of-Things will feature collections of interacting driverless cars, hybrid human-machine systems and social-media enhanced technologies. So what could possibly go wrong?

    This talk looks at this issue, making connections to systems as diverse as fruit-fly larvae and the ultimate “wet” complex system: the human brain. The National Science Foundation predicts that the development of Cyber-Physical systems will "drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing”, hence their practical and scientific importance.


    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.

  • 2016 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    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.

  • 2015 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    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

  • 2014 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    From Galileo to Maldacena

     February 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m at the New Student Activities Center, Room 306

    Professor Rafael Nepomechie, Department of Physics

    In this non-technical talk (no equations!) we shall take a brief historical tour of some famous physicists and their remarkable simple models, which have guided our understanding of the world.

    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

    December 3, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at the McLamore Dining Room, 3rd Floor of the Jenkins Building (School of Business)

    Professor David Janos, Department of Biology

    A potential world phosphate fertilizer shortage underscores the need for efficient phosphorus acquisition by crops. In contrast, very low soil phosphorus availability is overcome by rain forest plants. This talk will reveal their secret. (Please see attached poster).

    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

  • 2013 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    The Many Lives of Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza

    March 5, 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum

    Professor Anne Cruz, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

    The challenging life choices of a Spanish noblewoman who rejected marriage and the convent to travel instead to Protestant England as a self-appointed missionary seeking martyrdom.

    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

    April 10, 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum

    Professor V. Ramamurthy, Department of Chemistry

    Life as a scientist can be challenging and rewarding at each stage – from learning as a student to guiding research as a professor. After 4 decades of experience in 4 institutions, I conclude that the joy of doing science is self-defined and so is success in life as a scientist.

    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

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

    November 6, 2013 at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

    Professor Amie L. Thomasson, Department of Philosophy.

    By observing the world it seems we can only learn what is the case, not what could be or must be the case. So how can we come to know these modal facts? And how can we understand what is being said when we make modal claims? These are the questions Professor Thomasson will address

    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

  • 2012 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    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

    The Art of Counting

    February 2, 2012 at the Lowe Art Museum

    Professor Michelle Wachs Galloway, Department of Mathematic

    Abstract: The field of combinatorics can be described as the art of counting. This deceptively simple sounding activity employs elegant and sophisticated techniques to enumerate the discrete configurations that occur in mathematics, science, engineering, and everyday life. In this talk we will give some illustrative examples, including examples from my own research.

    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

    Ants and Roots in the Tropics -- How a Plant Biologist Became Interested in Ants

    April 4, 2012 at the Lowe Art Museum

    Roger Leblanc
    Chair and Professor of Chemistry

    Abstract: While studying root structure of tropical trees, I was surprised to find that leafcutter ants are important in the root ecology of tropical trees.

    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

  • 2011 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    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

  • 2010 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Lessons from the World’s greatest Pitcher, Leroy Satchel Paige: Baseball and the Rethinking of the Struggle against Jim Crow

    February 12, 2010 at the College/Wesley Gallery

    Professor Don Spivey, History Department

    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

    Looking for Love: Italian Renaissance Prostitution Reconsidered

    February 18, 2010 at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM CAS Gallery

    Professor Guido Ruggiero, History Department

    “Looking for Love: Italian Renaissance Prostitution Reconsidered” by Guido Ruggiero, Professor and Chair Department of History at the CAS Wesley Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive, UM Gables Campus. A fascinating and engaging look at relationships during the Italian Renaissance.

    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

  • 2009 Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

    Cooper Fellow Lecture Series

     

    Have the Humanities Declined?

    March 12, 2009
     The College/Wesley Gallery

    Professor John Paul Russo, English and Classics Departments

    Examining the crisis in the humanities as a consequence of technological society, the proliferation of visual media, relationalism and the erosion of the individual, and the so-called decline of the West.

    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

    The impact of disasters on youth.

     April 16, 2009 at the College/Wesley Gallery

    Professor Annette La Greca, Department of Psychology

                                                                                                                     Addressing the impact of natural disasters (and other traumatic events) on children's functioning. Risk and protective factors that play a role in children's adjustment postdisaster will be discussed, as well as interventions to help children and families in the aftermath of disasters.

    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

    Philosophy and Literature In The 1950s: The Rise Of The 'Ordinary Bloke

    September 18, 2009 at the College/Wesley Galler

    Professor Colin McGinn, Philosophy Department

    Exploring the role and status of the 'common man' in post-war British literature and philosophy

    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

    Tropical plant populations: new insights about aging and ecology in a random world.

    September 24, 2009 at the College/Wesley Gallery

    Professor Carol C. Horvitz, Biology Department

    Will discuss how transitions of individuals among different stages and environments during the life-cycle determine the age pattern of mortality in plants. These studies suggest a new way to understand the observed leveling-off of death rates at old ages in humans.

    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

    How I Met Your Molecule: Tales of Attraction at The Molecular Level.

     October 23, 2009 at the College/Wesley Gallery

    Professor Angel Kaifer, Chemistry Department

    This lecture looks at one the most basic yet spectacular actions in science, using everyday situations as examples.

    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

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

    November 20, 2009 at the College/Wesley Gallery.

    Professor Mary Lindemann, History Department

    The Charlotte Guyard incest case of 1766 was a cause célèbre, a shock, and an embarrassment. But it was also the stuff of literature; nothing in the eighteenth century sold better than such “romances of real life.”

    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