ALS 500 & 600 ELL #3 (Fall 2)

Welcome to ALS 500 & 600! You are in the right place if you are looking for your extensive listening opportunities. If you are not an ALS 500 or 600 student that’s ok – you can still attend these events if you would like. If you are an ALS 500 or 600 student, you need to attend one of the events from the list below. After you attend one of these events, write a brief summary and reaction – you can ask your teacher if you have any questions about this. This is the THIRD Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due.

1) A Life in the Margins by Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton, eminent historian and pioneering scholar of the history of reading, tracks the history of the field and explores how the material traces that readers have left in their books can be used to reconstruct the rich and complex experience of reading over time.

When: Thursday, November 13th @ 7:30pm

Location: Elvehjem building, Room L160

 2) Weston Roundtable: James Tinjum – EPIC Geothermal Exchange Field

Low-temperature geothermal exchange can reduce energy usage for space heating and cooling needs. Epic Systems in Verona is the largest cooling-dominated commercial geothermal exchange site in North America. This talk will introduce geothermal exchange with a full discussion of the life cycle benefits for residential- and district-scale deployments. With Wisconsin having near zero extractable fossil energy resources, this topic is particularly relevant in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

When: Thursday, November 13th @ 4:15pm

Location: Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

3) Information, Architecture, Interaction by Molly Steenson

What does architecture in the traditional sense have to do with computer architecture? What happened when architects began to see buildings and cities as processors of information, and how these gave rise to contemporary notions of interactivity? What started as a way to deal with the increased complexity of architectural and urban planning practice influenced contemporary digital practices that we use every day.

When: Friday, November 14th @ 3:30pm

Location: Room 180 Science Hall

4) Wakf and the Social Logics of Urban Development in Zanzibar

This seminar is based on my dissertation, which examines the historical role played by Islamic charitable endowments in Swahili cities during the late precolonial to early colonial period (roughly late 1700s to early 1900s). Specifically following the development of wakf (Islamic endowments) in the burgeoning capitol port of Zanzibar and its cosmopolitan competitor Mombasa, my research argues that over time inhabitants of Swahili towns articulated notions of charity both deeply rooted in African social discourse but also responsive to a variety of trans-oceanic strains of Islamic morality. These intersections demonstrate how centrally charitable behavior was inscribed upon Swahili ideas about moral citizenship in their world and how they imagined the topography of the city in moral terms. Tracing the changes ushered in by successive Omani and British regimes also challenges the problematic ways modern historiography has linked the western notion of caritas with philanthropy, which effectively envisions charity as a modern concept. Rather, my project opens up the possibilities of investigating African altruism prior to European intervention.

When: Monday, November 17th @ 3:30pm

Location: Room 212 University Club

5) Distinguished Lecture Series: An Evening with Bill Bryson

Author Bill Bryson comes to campus to give a free lecture, presented by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series.

DLS presents a lecture by author Bill Bryson. Bryson is one of the world’s most beloved and prolific writers, chronicling everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail in the immensely popular A Walk in the Woods to his experience of moving from England to the United States in I?m a Stranger Here Myself. For his quirky observations and comic sensibility, the New York Times declared Bryson “the most literate [travel] guide you’ve ever had,” and the Chicago Sun-Times claims, “Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” Bryson’s most recent books include his memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, and One Summer: America, 1927. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Monday, November 17th @ 7:30pm

Location: Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

6) WUD Film and The MAcc Ethics Committee Present: The Social Network (2010)

In this sweeping tale of Internet success, nerdy, awkward Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates the Web site Facebook and becomes a billionaire, but ends up embroiled in legal disputes as the friends who helped him during his rise to the top are now eager to see him fall. Directed by David Fincher.

When: Tuesday, November 18th @ 7pm

Location: Union South, The Marquee

7) Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: Making the Movie: “Neutrino: Measuring the Unexpected”

Director Javier Diez of Valencia, Spain and neutrino pioneer Francis Halzen of IceCube discuss the making of a documentary on the inspiration, conception, planning & building of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

When: Wednesday, November 19th @ 7pm

Location: Room 111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building

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