Informal College Hour sessions set

Artistic and academic activities will infuse informal SUNY Oswego College Hour programs this spring, Wednesdays at 12:40 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Top names will include former network TV journalist Garrick Utley of SUNY’s Levin Institute exploring “Global Media” on Feb. 11 and Brenda Bruggerman of Ohio State University “Documenting Deaf Lives: Exploring Identity, Literacy and Relationships” on March 18.

Cultural programming bringing world perspectives will include Turkish musician Ozan Aksoy on Feb. 11 and Hashim Al-Tawil discussing “Lost Culture of Iraq: The Abuse and Destruction of Public Monuments, Artworks and Other Cultural Materials After the U.S. Invasion in 2003” on March 4.

“Chamber Music a la Mode” on Feb. 18 will preview the evening’s Ke-Nekt series concert.

The psychology department will present a range of activities, including professors Laura Hess Brown and Margaret Ryniker exploring “A Whole New World: Undergraduates’ Reactions to Different Types of Adoption” (co-sponsored by public justice) on Feb. 25, a psychology graduate information session March 4, and Judi Smetana on “Disclosure, Secrecy and Disagreements in Adolescent-Parent Relationships” April 15.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center will sponsor an Evolution Across the Disciplines lecture series by Oswego faculty and students. Rebecca Burch will discuss “Evolutionary Psychology” Feb. 18, Craig Delancey will present “Evolution and Reason: An Introduction to Evolutionary Game Theory” on March 4, Kristen Link will explore “Memetics: Conceptualizing Culture as a Darwinian Process” March 18, cognitive science students will chronicle “Representations of Evolution in the Popular Culture” April 1 and Craig Graci will explain “Perception as a Darwinian Process: A Case Study Involving Machine Learning, Melodic Structure and Mental Models” on April 15.

A series of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Violence talks will include SUNY Oswego professors Walter Opello on “Violence and the State” Feb. 18, Geraldine Forbes on “Non-Violent Strategies for Change” March 25 and Stephen Rosow on “Democracy and Violence” April 15.

Science topics will include Donald Prothero of Occidental College presenting “Stasis in La Brea Tar Pits: Mammals and Birds through the Climate Changes of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Cycle” Feb. 11, and Carolina Ilie of Oswego’s physics department exploring “Ferroelectric Polymers as New Competitive Memory Devices” Feb. 18.

The computer science department will host a series of faculty research talks Feb. 11, March 18 and April 8.

For locations and other information, visit the college’s online events calendar at

- END -

(Posted: Jan 22, 2009)