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Join U of M Faculty April 19 for an Evening of "Great Conversations"
For release: April 2, 2007
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Are you in the mood for a lively conversation about Memphis soul music, global warming, or the American presidency? Would you like to learn more about earthquakes, medieval monsters, or the Mississippi River?  Are you thirsty for stories from the “Greatest Generation?”

On April 19, you can chat with experts on these and other subjects when the University of Memphis presents “Great Conversations,” an evening of dinner and entertaining discussion with some of the top professors from the College of Arts and Sciences.

For a $75 fee, participants can choose from among 26 topics. Reservations may be made with the the College of Arts and Sciences by phone at 901/678-1435 or online at:  cas.memphis.edu/conversations

The deadline for reservations is April 12.

The dinner and conversations will take place at the U of M Holiday Inn. A buffet dinner with wine will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dessert and conversation.

Professors and the topics they will discuss are:

Camille Barsukiewicz, associate professor in the Health Administration Program in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, “On Your Own Terms: What Would You Want?”

Dr. Rob Blanton, associate professor, Department of Political Science, director of the International Studies Program, and director, Governor’s School for International Studies, “Young Tennesseans Travel the Globe-from Memphis’ Governor's School!”

Dr. David Cox, executive assistant to the president, and Dr. Stan Hyland, head of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, “Town and Gown Working Together: The Story of the University District Initiative”

Dr. Charles Crawford, professor, Department of History and director of the Oral History Research Office, “America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ Tells Its Story at the U of M”

Dr. Remy Debes assistant professor, Department of Philosophy “Are Some Feelings Better Than Others? The Ethics of Emotion”

Dr. Leigh Anne Duck, associate professor, Department of English, and interim director of the Women's Studies Program, “Southern Pride, Southern ‘Backwardness,’ and Southern Literature”

Dr. Jay Durbin, assistant professor of German, Department of Foreign Languages, and Carla Martinez, instructor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages, “Opening Our Doors to the World: The New International House at the U of M”

Dr. Amy Eichhorn-Mulligan, assistant professor, Department of English, “ ‘It's Alive!’ The Modern Life of Medieval Monsters”

Dr. Don Franceschetti, Dunavant University Professor of Physics, “The Physics in Einstein’s Dreams

Dr. Jack Grubaugh, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of the Meeman Biological Field Station, “The Mighty Mississippi Still Rolls On – But Where To?”

Dr. Ramin Homayouni, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of the Bioinformatics Program, “The Future is Here: Bioinformatics and You”

Dr. Arch Johnston, professor and Director of the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin’ On: Earthquakes – Where They Shouldn't Be”

Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, professor of geography, Department of Earth Sciences, “The Costs of Change in China: Booming Economy vs. Blasted Environment?”

Dr. Satish Kedia, associate professor, Medical Anthropology, and director of the Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation, “Legal Substances, Illegal Use: The Growing Prescription Drug Problem”

Dr. Henry Kurtz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, “The Chemistry of a Great College”

Dr. Heather Larsen-Price, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, “The U.S. Presidency: How Much of a Difference Does the Individual Make?”

Dr. Dennis Laumann, associate professor, Department of History, and director of the Memphis Ghana Study Abroad Program, “African Renaissance or Hopeless Continent? Myth vs. Reality”

Dr. Reginald Martin, professor, Department of English, “Celebrating 50 Years of Memphis Soul!”

Dr. Andrew Mickelson, assistant professor of archaeology, Department of Earth Sciences, “An Archaeological Perspective on the Human Experience”

Dr. Tom Nenon, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs and professor, Department of Philosophy, “Is There a Philosopher in the House?”

Dr. Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, director, Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and Susan T. Schmidt, campus director of the American Humanics Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, “Baseball and Taxes: How the Memphis Redbirds Are Making History as a Tax-Exempt Sports Team”

Dr. David Richard, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, “ ‘Why Do They Do It?’ or ‘How To Grow A Terrorist’ ”

Dr. Janann Sherman, chair, Department of History, and Dr. Beverly Bond, professor, Department of History, “Beale Street: The Main Street of Negro America”

Dr. Will Thompson, assistant dean for Undergraduate Programs and associate professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, “What’s Going on in France Today?”

Dr. Lensyl Urbano, assistant professor, Department of Earth Sciences, “The Global Warming Controversy:  Hot Air? Or A Chilling Wake-up Call?”

Dr. Wanda Rushing, associate professor, Department of Sociology, “Women of Change: Rediscovering Lillian Smith”

The purpose of “Great Conversations” is threefold:  to educate the Memphis community about the far-reaching research taking place at the University of Memphis; to foster an appreciation of the U of M’s mission as a metropolitan research institution dedicated to improving the quality of life in Memphis and the Mid-South; and to highlight the University’s participation in Memphis’ growing role as a global city by spotlighting the College’s outreach programs. 

Proceeds from the event will help support faculty development and community outreach initiatives.

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