The University of Vermont

November - February Lectures


  • Area and International Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series presents Luis Vivanco, Department of Anthropology, and Director, Area and International Studies Program. Wednesday, November 12, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., John Dewey Lounge (room 325), Old Mill. Lecture title: "Taking Stock of Global Studies."

  • The Department of Physics presents Dr. Derbya Deniz, Department of Physics, University of New Hampshire, Wednesday, November 12, 4:00 p.m., in Cook A442. Lecture title: "Texture Evolution in Metal Nitride (AlN, TiN, HfN) Thin Films Prepared by Off-Normal Incidence Reactive Magnetron Sputtering." Refreshments are provided at 3:30 p.m. in Cook A429. More information:

  • The Center for Research on Vermont presents André Senécal, Department of Romance Languages, University of Vermont, Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., John Dewey Lounge (room 325), Old Mill. Research-in-Progress Seminar #216: "The Presence of New France in the Champlain Valley: 1609-1759."

  • Economics Department Seminar presents James Crotty, Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Thursday, November 13, 3:30 p.m., L207 Lafayette. Lecture title: "Structural Causes of the Global Financial Crisis: A Critical Assessment of the 'New Financial Architecture.'"

  • Professor Dennis Clougherty, CAS Department of Physics, will be speaking at a colloquium at Dartmouth College on Friday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m., Wilder, room 104. Lecture title: "Fractional Electrons--It's Just a Phase They Go Through." More information:

  • Department of Biology Seminar presents Dr. John Freudenstein, Associate Professor, Ohio State University Herbarium, Monday, November 17, at 3:35 p.m., Marsh Life Science Building, room 105. Lecture title: "Specificity or Opportunism? Patterns of Fungal Association in the Mycoheterotrophic Orchid Corallorhiza." Refreshments will be served.

  • Departments of German and Russian, History and the Area and International Studies Program present Douglas Smith, Scholar in Residence, University of Washington, Seattle, Monday, November 17, 4:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman (room 338). Lecture title: "The Pearl: A True Story of Opera and Forbidden Love from Catherine the Great's Russia."

    Douglas Smith is an awarding-winning historian and translator and a Resident Scholar at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He studied German and Russian at the University of Vermont and has a doctorate in history from UCLA. Over the past twenty-five years Smith has made many trips to Russia. In the 1980s, he was a Russian-speaking guide on the U. S. State Department's exhibition "Information USA" that traveled throughout the USSR. He has worked as a Soviet affairs analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany specializing in Russian nationalism and served as an interpreter for late President Reagan.

  • Geology Seminar Series presents Bjorn Sundby, McGill University, Monday, November 17, 4:15 p.m., in room 216, Delehanty Hall, Trinity Campus. Lecture title: "What Can We Learn from Metals in the Environment - A Tale of 2 Oceans."

    Dr. Bjorn Sundby's research focuses on redox chemistry but is relevant to any element whose distribution in sediments is in some way related to the carbon cycle. Dr. Sundby's recent and ongoing projects include the use of a solid state voltametric microelectrode to measure redox species directly in sediment porewater; recent changes in sediment chemistry in the deep Arctic Ocean basins as a result of global warming; the cycle of lead in the root zone of salt marsh sediments; the coupled geochemistry of Mn, N and I in sediments; geochemistry of Mo, Cd, U and Re in view of their use as paleo redox-tracers. Reception prior to the lecture in room 316, hosted by the Department of Geology.

  • Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series: Professor Ananya Roy, Monday, Nov. 17, 5:00 p.m., Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center. Lecture title: "Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Frontiers of Millennial Development."

    Dr. Ananya Roy is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the Division of International and Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as Curriculum Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Roy's home department is the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley where she teaches in the fields of comparative urban studies and international development. In 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty.

    Reception to follow, hosted by the Department of Geography.

  • The Department of Physics presents Professor Ronald Roy, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. in Cook A442. Lecture title: "Shedding Light On Sound: Multi-mode Biomedical Imaging Using Acousto-optic Sensing and B-Mode Ultrasound." Refreshments are provided at 3:30 p.m. in Cook A429. More information:

  • Women's and Gender Studies and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series presents Ellen Andersen, Department of Political Science, and Women's and Gender Studies, Thursday, November 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Billings Marsh Lounge. Lecture title: "The Gay Divorcée: Same-Sex Marriage and the Limits of Legal Arguments."

  • The Center for Research on Vermont presents Simeon Chapin, M.A., Tufts University, with Omar Hussein Mohamed, Somali Bantu Musician, Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Lounge, (room 338), Waterman Building. Research Seminar title: "Music of the Somali Bantu in Vermont: Music, Identity, and Refugees."

    Simeon Chapin, who was raised in central Vermont, holds an M. A. in ethnomusicology from Tufts University. He is the director of marketing and publicity for Cumbancha, an internationally recognized record label in Charlotte, VT. Omar Hussein Mohamed of Jilib, Somalia, has been a performer of music since he was a child. A founding member of the Jilib Audio Video club which provides entertainment and media services to the Somali Bantu community, he has also performed solo on many festival stages throughout the region.

  • Economics Department Seminar presents David Love, Department of Economics at Williams College, Wednesday, December 3, 3:30 p.m., room 221, Old Mill. Lecture title: "Should Risky Firms Offer Risky DB Pensions?"

  • Full Professor Lecture Series: Professor Julie Roberts, Department of Communication Sciences, Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. Lecture title: "Disappearing or Only Different: Vermont Speech in the 21st Century."

  • Professor Dennis Clougherty, Department of Physics, will be giving a public lecture on nanoscience at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Thursday, January 22, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. The lecture is part of the ECHO's Cafe Scientifique series. Lecture title: "Nanotechnology: Size Does Matter." Here's a link with more information:

  • The Center for Research on Vermont presents Ray Zirblis, Adjunct Professor, History, Norwich University, Thursday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Lounge (room 338), Waterman Building. Research-in-Progress Seminar #218: "Taken with a Grain of Salt: Slavery in Colonial and Early Statehood Vermont."

  • Full Professor Lecture Series: Professor Keith Klepeis, Department of Geology, Tuesday, February 10, 5:00 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. Lecture title: "The Geology of Mountain Ranges: A View from Deep beneath the Earth's Surface."

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