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Campus Theme: Fall Term 2014 Revolution

International Ada Lovelace Day

International Ada Lovelace Day is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. SOU will host the first Ada Lovelace Day celebration in Ashland with a brief presentation by historian Victoria Law on the life of Ada Lovelace and her role as the world's "first computer programmer." The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on "Increasing Diversity in the Stem Fields" led by software and network designer Priscilla Oppenheimer. Refreshements provided. For more information, click here, or call 541-552-6141 or e-mail:

Presenters: Victoria Law; Priscilla Oppenheimer

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  7pm  Meese Room of the Hannon Library (Room 305)

Talkin’ About a Revolution

What do we mean when we talk about revolution?  This presentation draws on data from the history of the English language and concepts of semantics to consider how the meaning of the word revolution has evolved over time and how it is used today. The presentation aims to open a conversation about what we mean when we say something is a revolution or revolutionary.

Presenter: Ed Battistella, SOU Professor of English and Writing

Thursday, October 16, 2014  4pm Stevenson Union, Room 319

Education in China Today: What Would Mao Think?

The People's Republic of China has experienced many changes in the education sector since Mao's death.  Were they revolutionary or were they counter-revolutionary?  What would Mao think about these changes?

Steve Thorpe, SOU Professor of Education

October 22,, 2014 7pm Meese Auditorium of the Center for the Visual Arts

Relentless Revolution: This is not your Father’s Mother Earth

In this talk, geographer John Richards explores several related questions: What are the implications of population growth and aging for the redistribution of state power internationally? How will North American farms and cityscapes respond to an aging and perhaps stagnating population?  Can we power our dreams without producing a climate nightmare? Will citizens’ social media bring down dictators and empires or will mass data reinforce the powers of states to control their subjects? In short, demographic, technological and environmental changes are inevitable, will be dramatic, and will come before we expect them. Can our political, educational, economic and values systems cope? How can we adjust our personal behaviors to prepare for relentless, rapid change in most spheres of our lives?

Presenter: John Richards, SOU Professor of Geography

Wednesday, October 29, 2014   7pm  Meese Room of Hannon Library

I am a Human, I am an Elephant, I am Both, I am Neither: The Emergence of Trans-species Identity

For thousands of years, human society has been shaped by separation: nature/nurture, mind/body, human/animal, and so forth. Today, the cost of this presumption weighs heavy. How are we to mend the tears in nature's soul and body rendered by human indifference and differencing? The recent convergence of science and sensibility has brought an answer: the re-discovery of an essential, trans-species identity. Through the stories of Elephants, Orcas, and other animal kin woven into the threads of a revolutionary new science of sentience, we explore implications of this trans-species revolution that propels humanity to the ancestral past and aboriginal present back to nature.

Presenter: G.A. Bradshaw Ph.D., The Kerulos Center

Thursday, November 13, 2014 7pm  Meese Auditorium of the Center for the Visual Arts

Red Noses

The Theatre Arts Department presents Red Noses, a play by Peter Barnes, beginning November 13. Fourteenth century France is in chaos. The Black Plague is rampant!  People drop dead at any time. Out of the muck, a humble friar with a twinkle in his eye assembles a troupe of red-nosed fools to spread joy and humor throughout the ravaged land.  Peter Barnes’ brilliant comic epic won the 1986 Olivier award for best play and is widely regarded as one of the most dazzling and original works of its era.  “A tremendous life affirming piece that celebrates the human spirit while deriding those who would tyrannize and encase it." - London Guardian

Theatre Arts, Center Stage - For more information, tickets, and show times, go to Red Noses

 Revolution, American Style: The Reagan Years

In keeping with this year’s campus theme of “revolution,” we would do well to reflect on the most recent transformation of American social, economic, and political life: The Reagan Revolution.  The period stretching from 1975 to present is seldom understood as what it is: a radical reconfiguring of the nominal “American Dream” as a thoroughgoing reframing of American values and institutions favoring consumerism, finance capital, and large-scale corporate consolidation. Bill Hughes, associate professor of political science, will instigate a discussion of the goals, tactics, and consequences of the Reagan Revolution, situating the phenomenon of “Reaganism” as an ideological triumph on a par with – but antithetical to -- classic liberalism and Marxism.

Bill Hughes, SOU Professor of Political Science

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  7pm  Meese Room of the Hannon Library