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Core Connections - Video

University of New England

Core Connections Lectures support the University of New England's core curriculum. A new theme is chosen each year. Past themes include; "Empire, or the Illusion Thereof?", "The Problem of Happiness", "Law & Orders: Law in Nature, Culture, and Society", and "Faith, Reason, and Reality"



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Feb 12, 2014 Gregory V. Button
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Gregory V. Button, Ph.D. ,Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Button's research focuses on disasters as well as on scientific uncertainty. I have conducted in—depth research on several major disasters including Love Canal, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the 1993 Mississippi Flood, the Hanta Virus outbreak of 1993, ground water contamination in Woburn, MA, Hurricane Katrina, the TVA ash spill in Kingston, TN, the BP Gulf oil spill, and the...
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Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 10 years, Professor Richard Primack (Boston University) and his colleagues have been using Thoreau's records and other data sources to document the dramatically earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants, the earlier ice out at Walden Pond, and the more variable response of migratory birds. And most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate. While primarily a scientific study, Primack's talk...
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Oct 10, 2013 Brad S. Singer, Ph.D.
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Brad S. Singer, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison talks about how explosive silica-rich super-volcanic eruptions pose a major, recurring threat to Earth's surface environment. In the last several hundred years about a dozen moderate (more than 5 cubic kilometers of ash), yet highly destructive, volcanic eruptions have occurred. In contrast, a rhyolitic super-eruption can immediately deposit several hundred cubic kilometers of volcanic ash over...
Zoe Trodd, Professor and Chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham, draws on new research into previously uncollected photographs of Douglass to show that he was the most photographed American of the 19th century. She argues that in sitting for more photographs than any of his peers, Douglass was using photographs in multiple ways: to assert black humanity in place of the slave "thing"; to show how authentic...
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Feb 21, 2013 Ryan Moore
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Ryan Moore is an associate professor of sociology at Florida Atlantic University and the author of Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis. What is the role of music in social change-not only as protest music for social movements, but as a barometer of widespread changes in economics, politics, and culture? Rhythm and noise are crucial components of music and sound, but they also serve as sociological forces that embody community, social change, and resistance. This...
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Shanto Iyengar, Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication, Senior Fellow, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University talks about current debates over the extent of polarization among the American public focus on the extent to which policy preferences have moved. While “maximalists” claim that partisans’ views on policies have become more extreme over time, “minimalists” respond that the majority of Americans remain centrist, and that what little centrifugal...
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Sep 12, 2012 Jodi Dean
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Jodi Dean, Professor, Political Science, Hobart-William Smith ,explores the most exciting development on the US left in more than a generation, considering it as an evental site and a political form. As an event, Occupy ruptured the political setting of the US left. As a political form it introduced an arrangement of capacities and intensities suggestive of a new political subjectification (one whose viability remains fragile and uncertain).
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Mar 5, 2012 Markus Rediker, Ph.D.
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Markus Rediker, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke on "Rethinking the Amistad Rebellion" on March 5, 2012 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Nov 23, 2011 William H. Moore, III
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William H. Moore, III, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University; Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, spoke on "Why Abandon Home? Dissent, Repression & Forced Migration" on Nov. 17, 2011 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Nov 18, 2010 Maggie Jackson
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Maggie Jackson, award-winning author and journalist, spoke on "Dark Age Dawning: Salvaging Focus in a World of High-Tech Distractions" on Sept. 14, 2010 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Brian J. Enquist, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Arizona, spoke on "In the age of Darwin, are there general laws in biology and should we even care?" on Jan. 27, 2009 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Jan 23, 2009 Keith Hayward
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Keith Hayward, Ph.D., Director of Studies for Criminology & Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, UK, spoke on "Cultural Criminology: An Invitation" on Nov. 10, 2008 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Nov 4, 2008 Elizabeth Cohen
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Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, spoke on "The Orders of Citizenship and Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics" on Oct. 2, 2008 as part of the UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Oct 30, 2008 David Solan
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Much is said and written about breaking our “oil addiction.” Whether it is for reasons of energy security, environmental considerations, or a combination of both, almost everyone seems to think it is a good idea. How we go about it, though, has been hotly contested. We certainly tried to address this issue in decades past. Questions we must now consider include: Just what kind of an addict is the US? What have we learned from history? How do we address the legends and myths relating to oil...
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Feb 19, 2008 Jeff Ferrell
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In his Core Connections lecture Ferrell discusses the perspectives gained from mixing free-form survival, adventure, and field research when he resigned a tenured professorship and spent a year living as a dumpster diver. A year of dumpster diving revealed an astounding assortment of discarded objects, new and old—but it revealed even more about contemporary consumerism, and its false promises of happiness and fulfillment.
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Dec 20, 2007 Darrin McMahon
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In his Core Connections seminar, Professor McMahon considers how the pursuit of happiness in contemporary society relates to its long and often paradoxical Western history.
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Dec 18, 2007 David Myers
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David Myers, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Hope College, spoke on "The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness" on Oct. 4, 2007 as part of the University of New England's Core Connections Lecture Series.
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Dec 5, 2007 Paul Burlin
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Paul Burlin, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of New England, spoke on "Empire and the American Way of Life" on Sept. 20, 2006 as part of UNE's Core Connections Lecture Series.