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January 19, 2018

Distinguished University Professors

November 6, 2017

Sarah Thomason will speak on world's vanishing languages

Speakers of the endangered Andean language Aymara view the future as behind us and the past in front of us.

"It's a whole different way of viewing time," said Sarah Thomason, professor of linguistics in LSA. "If Aymara had died before anyone had noticed this, we would never know that humans might classify time that way."

April 10, 2017

Joel Blum will consider the two faces of mercury in lecture

The element mercury has long held a fascination for people.

As the only metal that is liquid at room temperature, "quicksilver" was the star of medieval alchemy, and in recent times has been used in everything from thermometers to batteries, electrical switches, lightbulbs and dental fillings.

March 23, 2017

Omenn lecture to focus on bridging science and policy world

The future of federal science funding and the role of scientific evidence in policymaking has rocketed into the public spotlight in recent weeks. Many who work in science, medicine and engineering may find themselves pondering whether and how to enter the fray.

January 23, 2017

Lectures set for seven Distinguished University Professors

Seven faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures about their work starting Thursday.

Recently appointed DUPs typically offer an inaugural lecture during the first or second full year of their appointments.

April 1, 2016

Susan Gelman to talk on how humans glean knowledge

How do we come to know the world? Susan Gelman's research examines this question by exploring the roots of human cognition as it develops in early childhood.

Contrary to classic theories of human learning, her work has found that young children readily consider hidden, internal, abstract entities in numerous domains of thought.

February 22, 2016

Sparling to explore the moving body on stage, screen and canvas

Back when Peter Sparling began dancing 46 years ago, the concept of creating and performing across media wasn't widely accepted or practiced.

He began to challenge this notion as a young violin student at Interlochen Arts Academy, when he decided to take a dance class during his sophomore year.

March 23, 2015

Lieberman's lecture to examine why ‘Nationalism Was European’

North Korea's official name includes "Democratic People's Republic." The full national title of Laos is the "Lao People's Democratic Republic." And yet neither of these countries has a government that appears, to our American eyes, to be a democracy.


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