The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

2013 College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series

The Dean's lecture series is designed to encourage and promote dialogue around four strategic pillars: sustainability, diversity, internationalization, and academic excellence.

The Moral Imagination - When Art and Soul Meet Education and Politics

A lecture by John Paul Lederach
Thursday, April 11   
5 P.M. RECEPTION, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room
5:45 P.M. LECTURE, Xavier Hall

Moral Imagination

John Paul Lederach is Professor of Practice for International Peacebuilding with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He works as a practitioner-scholar, providing facilitation, mediation and training/education, with extensive experience at national and community levels in North and Latin America, Africa, Southeast and Central Asia.

Widely known for the development of culturally appropriate approaches to conflict transformation and the design and implementation of strategic approaches to peacebuilding his approach has focused on innovations for building constructive change in settings experiencing extensive violence and deep rooted-conflict. Author of 20 books and manuals, including Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (US Institute of Peace Press), The Little Book of Conflict Transformation (Good Books), The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press), and his most recent with daughter Angela Jill, When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation (Queensland University Press and Oxford University Press).

The Four-Dimensional Geometry and Theology of Salvador Dali

A lecture by Professor Thomas Banchoff
Thursday, April 18 | 11:45 a.m.
USF, McLaren 251


Throughout his career, Salvador Dali was fascinated by mathematics and science, and he incorporated many geometric ideas and symbols into his paintings, especially his religious paintings. Where did he get his ideas and how did he carry them out? Professor Thomas Banchoff, visiting from Brown University, personally worked with Salvador Dali in the 70s and 80s. This presentation will feature images and stories from ten years of conversations with Dali, about the Fourth Dimension, impossible perspectives, catastrophe theory, art history and medieval philosophy. The talk will be illustrated by computer-generated images and animations, and is intended for a broad audience.

Thomas Banchoff teaches a First Year Seminar in “Exploring the Fourth Dimension” as a visiting professor in the mathematics department from Brown University where he has taught since 1967. He was an undergraduate at Notre Dame and a graduate student at Berkeley. He has held visiting positions at Harvard, the University of Amsterdam, UCLA, Georgia, Yale, Stanford, and the Berlin Mathematical School. He is the author of “Beyond the Third Dimension” for the Scientific American Library, and three other books as well as over one hundred research and expository articles in geometry.

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How to Win a Trifecta: Economic Growth, Increased Social Equity and Environmental Protection

A lecture by Raul Deju
Tuesday, April 30 | 5:00 p.m. Reception | 5:45 p.m. Lecture
USF, Fromm Hall, Xavier Room

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Photo: Rachel Harris/NYTimes

We live in a world where public policy seems to be driven either by a philosophy that focuses on a national goal to create abundant and cheap sources of efficient and sustainable energy or, in contrast, a philosophy based on the complete preservation of the environment. While not oversimplifying the issues or ignoring contrasting opinions, Dr Deju will provide a healthy alternative to this dualistic approach. He will make a compelling case for the proposition that the most challenging global issues surrounding sources of energy and the environment will require collaborative problem solving skills by a variety of divergent stakeholders. At the same time, once a series of environmental issues are resolved, these stakeholders—social activists, environmentalists, and business-related interests, to name just three—will all benefit, and will all be drawn into a more transparent alliance in the process. The presentation is aimed at anyone anxious to participate in the debate between growth and preservation and between growth and social equity that will undoubtedly impact this and all future generations.

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