Category Archives: Lecture

Noam Chomsky

Friday, April 13th

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.”

One of the most cited scholars in history, Chomsky has influenced a broad array of academic fields. He is widely recognized as a paradigm shifter who helped spark a major revolution in the human sciences, contributing to the development of a new cognitivistic framework for the study of language and the mind. In addition to his continued scholarly research, he remains a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, neoliberalism and contemporary state capitalism, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and mainstream news media. His ideas have proved highly significant within the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements. –via wiki

Chomsky will deliver “American Exceptionalism: Reconsidered,” a lecture which is free and open to the public. The lecture will offer a timely and important discussion of some of the ways in which American society has departed from the world, sometimes in extreme and hazardous ways. Included will be a look at gun culture, a topic that has dominated headlines in recent years.

Joel D. Valdez Main Library | 101 N Stone Ave | 7pm

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Wild Wild West Con

Friday thru Sunday

Now in its 7th year the WildWild West Con
is 3 days of Cosplay and Victorian era science fiction.  This year’s Convention theme is Robots vs Dinosaurs. Friday and Saturday night nightlife in the for of concerts, burlesque and drinking games.
Old Tucson | 201 S Kinney Rd | 11am

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Wild Wild West 4

The Airships have landed and Old Tucson is once again home to the largest gathering of Steampunk in the southwest.  Professional Steampunk troops, costumers, pin up models musicians, filmmakers artists and artisans bring the late 1800 western theme park to surreal life, as the thread of alternative “what if” history is explored in this genre of cosplay.

With a workshop being held on just about every aspect of the pursuit Wild Wild West Con is the best place to check out the DIY revolution of Steampunk.
Old Tucson Studios | 201 S Kinney Rd | wildwestcon.com

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Life in the Universe

Life on Earth: By Chance or By Law?

Brian J. Enquist, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Life on Earth is amazing and multifaceted. Ultimately all of life has descended from one common ancestor and has been guided by evolution by natural selection. On the one hand, the evolution of modern-day diversity and ecosystems may have been contingent on the initial chemical building blocks of life and the historical events that have characterized our planet over geologic time. On the other hand, there are numerous aspects of life pointing to regular and deterministic processes that shape the complexity and diversity of life. This talk will touch on those examples where the laws of chemistry and physics, in addition to evolutionary rules, have resulted in general properties of life. These properties ultimately determine how long we live, the diversity of life, the function and regulation of ecosystems and the biosphere, and how life will respond to climate change.
Centennial Hall | 1020 E. University Blvd | 7pm + Free to the Public

FYI-
Each lecture is streamed live by Arizona Public Media On Demand. Each lecture will also air on television after a one-week delay on Mondays, beginning February 2 at 8 PM. The broadcast will repeat: Tuesdays at 2 AM, Fridays at 1 PM, Sundays at 1 PM and again on Mondays at 12 AM and 2 PM.

Comcast Subscribers: Channel 76
Cox Subscribers: Channel 116

Look for podcasts of the lectures to be made available on this website 1-2 weeks after each lecture.

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