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Events & Exhibits: 2013 Brown Bag Talks

Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains

Thursday, September 5 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Dan Pierce
Professor of History and Department Chair

Dr. Pierce discusses his new book, Corn from a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Using Crowd Sourcing to Determine Hurricane Intensity

Thursday, September 19 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Christopher Hennon
Associate Professor – Atmospheric Sciences

Using Crowd Sourcing to Determine Hurricane Intensity

More researchers are now seeking lay people to assist in the analysis and even interpretation of data.  This approach, called "crowd sourcing", is used by Cyclone Center - a project that re-examines the intensity of global tropical cyclones back to 1978.

Dr. Hennon will give an overview of crowd sourcing and Cyclone Center, preliminary results, and a demo of the website (www.cyclonecenter.org). 

Chris Hennon

The Tale of Billy A. Clark, The Champion of Central America: An African American Boxer and Promoter in Liberal Positivist Guatemala and Mexico of the 1890s

Thursday, October 17 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Alvis Dunn
Lecturer in History

Dr. Dunn discusses The Tale of Billy A. Clark, The Champion of Central America: An African American Boxer and Promoter in Liberal Positivist Guatemala and Mexico of the 1890s.

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Increasing Multicultural Understanding in a Post-Racial World

Thursday, October 31 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Don Locke
Retired UNC Asheville Director of Diversity and Multiculturalism

“Increasing Multicultural Understanding in a Post-Racial World”

Dr. Locke is author of Increasing Multicultural Understanding: a Comprehensive Model.

 

Dr. Don Locke

What I Came to Tell You

Thursday, November 7 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Special Collections room

Tommy Hays
Executive Director - Great Smokies Writing Program
Asheville Graduate Center

The author will talk about his new novel, What I Came to Tell You.  A middle grade novel that’s for older readers, even adults, as well.  It’s set in Asheville.  For more information see www.tommyhays.com.

What I Came to Tell You is as sweet and steely as the best of Southern story-telling, filled with love, loss and heart-warming redemption.”
Robert Lipsyte, author of The Contender

 

Copyright and Digital Media Panel

Thursday, November 21 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Leah Dunn, University Librarian
Laurie Miles, Instructional Technology Specialist
Skip Capone, University General Counsel
Lyn Burkett, Assistant Professor in Music
Luke Withrow, Web Developer

A panel discussion on issues related to copyright and digital media.

 

ACADEMIC NOVELS

Thursday, January 31
12:30-1:30
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Merritt Moseley
Language & Literature – Professor & Department Chair

ACADEMIC NOVELS

Merritt Moseley has made a long study of the class of books variously called academic novels, campus fictions, or university novels. In this talk he will give a bit of history and taxonomy of the genre and explain why we should all read more of them.

Geologic Investigations in the Himalaya

Thursday, February 7 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Jackie Langille
Assistant Professor - Environmental Studies

Geologic investigations in the Himalaya: Insights into the formation of the highest mountain range on Earth 

The Himalaya formed during the collision of the Indian and Asian tectonic plates that began 50 million years ago. The building of the Himalaya has involved a dynamic interplay between crustal thickening, as a result of collision between these two tectonic plates, and crustal thinning and extension. This talk will discuss the formation of the Himalaya and the causes of crustal extension in this mountain range that formed due to collision.

Megan Miller

Thursday, February 21 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Megan Miller
Adjunct Instructor - Classics

Economic Class Today in a Fox News Generation and in the Athens of Aristophanes

Body and Gender in the Age of Empire

Thursday, March 21
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Tracey Rizzo

Associate Professor – History

Body and Gender in the Age of Empire

Tracey Rizzo and co-author, Steven Gerontakis, a History major,  trace spheres of intimate life in the age of European Imperialism in order to locate the formation of modern intersecting identities at the intersections of world history.  Their book will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Leah Mathews

Thursday, April 11 
12:30-1:30 
Ramsey Library Whitman Room

Leah Mathews
Breman Professor - Economics

The Talk at Tailgate Markets:
How Interactions Affect Purchase Behavior
 
 
 
Leah Greden Mathews and students Rachel Carson, Kelly Giarrocco, Zoe Hamel and Matthew Waisen will present results from their research on how the interactions people have at tailgate (farmers) markets influence purchase behavior. The research, conducted during summer and fall 2012 at Asheville-area farmers markets, is supported by the Sarah and Joseph Breman Professorship of Social Relations.
 

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