Davidson College Podcasts

  • John Mather

    NASA’s John Mather: “The History of the Universe from Beginning to End”

    John Mather, chief scientist of the Science Mission Directorate of NASA and a 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics, delivers the Smith Lecture.

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    Rachel Herz: “The Scent of Desire”

    Rachel Herz’s research has shown how odor-evoked memory is emotionally unique and evocative compared to other memory experiences, how emotional associations can change odor perception, and how odors can be conditioned to emotions and subsequently influence motivated behavior.

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    Yochi Dreazen – “Out of Africa: Why the World’s Newest Terror Groups are Threatening Africa and the U.S.”

    Senior writer at Foreign Policy and writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security, Yochi Dreazen discusses his current project at the Pulitzer Center and focus on the broader issue of terrorism in Africa and its potential impact on American foreign policy. The lecture …

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    Seyyed Nasr: “Islam in the Modern World”

    The Dean Rusk International Studies Program welcomed Seyyed Hossein Nasr to discuss the role of Islam in the modern world. Nasr is professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University and considered to be one of the foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies, Nasr …

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    Hansford M. Epes Lecturer Brian Leiter – “The Truth is Terrible: Nietzsche’s Idea of an Aesthetic Justification for Existence”

    Brian Leiter is the University of Chicago Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of Law, Philosophy and Human Values. Leiter’s scholarly writings have been in two main areas: legal philosophy and Continental philosophy. Philosophical naturalism has been an abiding theme in both contexts. In …

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    Stephen Lewis: “The Millennium Development Goals and Public Health Challenges”

    Stephen Lewis kicked off the Dean Rusk International Studies Program’s Bank of America Lecture Series with his talk, “The Millennium Development Goals and Public Health Challenges.” Lewis is co-founder of the nonprofit organization AIDS-Free World, former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDs in Africa, and former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations.

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    Al Young Poetry Reading

    Widely translated, former McGee Professor Al Young’s many books include poetry, fiction, essays anthologies and musical memoirs. Appointed in 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Young served as California’s poet laureate. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships, The Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and most recently, the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. Young currently teaches at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has completed Offline Love, a new poetry collection.

    Young’s visit was funded by the Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program which is designed to engage students in innovative, stimulating and meaningful ways. The foundation was formed after a gift from Brett Berry ’89.

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  • Gun rights Panelists

    Gun Rights, Responsibilities, and Regulations – A Panel Discussion & Ethics Forum

    A panel discussion featuring Chief Rodney Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Chief Jeanne Miller of the Town of Davidson Police Department, Interim Acting Chief/Captain Carolyn McMackin of Davidson College Public Safety, Lance Stell, Ph.D., Thatcher Professor of philosophy and director of medical humanities, and …

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  • DaronAcemoglu Podcast1

    Cornelson Distinguished Lecture in Economics: Daren Acemoglu

    Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivers the annual Cornelson Distinguished Lecture in Economics. Professor Acemoglu was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005 as best economist under age 40, and was named one of …

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  • Dr. Tom Marshburn

    Video Chat with NASA Astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn ’82

    Davidson alumnus Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, M.D. ’82, talks about his experiences aboard the International Space Station, 230 miles above Earth.

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