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December 22, 2009 Judy Hughes
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judy.hughes@louisville.edu

Learn about memory, synagogues, stigmas and natural history at lectures

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville professors will share topics from their expertise in history, biology, sociology and psychology in a 2010 lecture series that covers a wide range of subjects.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Meet the Professor series highlights the college’s research and cultural offerings during the first Thursdays of most months.

The 2010 luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu no later than the Monday before each event.

Here are the spring semester talks:

Jan. 14 — “Synagogue Buildings and the Patterns of American Jewish Life,” Lee Shai Weissbach, history professor. His illustrated talk will examine U.S. synagogues and how they become information sources about the American Jewish experience. Weissbach wrote the books “Jewish Life in Small-town America: A History” and “The Synagogues of Kentucky: Architecture and History.”

Feb. 4 — “Ghost Women of Chennai: A Study of the Stigma of Face Disfigurement in India,” Allen Furr, sociology department chair. The professor has studied the psychosocial aspects of face transplantation surgery as well as the stigma reported by Indian women whose faces have been disfigured by acid and fire through violent attacks.

March 4 — “Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose,” Lee Dugatkin, biology professor. As the author of a recent book by that title, Dugatkin will discuss the clash between Thomas Jefferson and French naturalist George-Louis Leclerc Buffon. Buffon’s claim that life in America was degenerate, plus Jefferson’s refutation of his theory, had many implications for the next century.

April 1 — “Mysteries of the Human Memory,” Edna Ross, psychological and brain sciences professor. Ross will talk about the memory system’s basic components and whether memory can be fooled. The professor will share tips on how to best “retrieve” accurate memories.

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