ALS 500 & 600 ELL #6 (Fall 1)

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 FINAL Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due. Most ELLs are due next TUESDAY, October 21st.

1) The Art of Modeling Stars: How Video Games Help Astronomy

The graphics processing power of video game hardware has turned out to be useful in predicting how complex star systems, such a contact binaries, will appear when when viewed from Earth. Nick Hill will tell participants about his research on using entertainment technology to do important science at this free event.

When: Tuesday, October 14th @ 7pm

Location: UW Space Place (2300 S. Park Street)

2) Greek Tragedy Amongst the “barbarians” in 4th Century BCE Italy

Greek Tragedy Amongst the ‘Barbarians’ in 4th Century BCE Italy. Were the pre-Roman people of Italy fans of Classical Greek theater? Come hear how imported painted vases testify to the westward spread of myth and literature. Presented by Dr. Thomas Carpenter, Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities at Ohio University, Martha Sharp Joukowski Lecturer, Archaeological Institute of America.

When: Tuesday, October 14th @ 7pm

Location: Wisconsin Historical Society (across from the Memorial Union)

3) Travel Adventure Series: Sudan – The inside story with Karin Muller

Filmmaker Karin Muller spent three months in Sudan living in villages, humanitarian aid bases, and refugee camps, and traveling with the Chadian military. After learning both Arabic and French, Muller was able to talk to and befriend an incredible range of locals and capture their stories in over 30 hours of raw footage.

This event costs $10.  Bring your WESLI ID!

When: Tuesday, October 14th @ 7:30pm

Location:The Marquee, Union South

4) Wednesday Nite @ The Lab

Professor Peter Crane, dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Science at Yale University, guides us into the intriguing natural history of one of our most amazing trees: the Gingko. Prof. Crane will also be speaking to the Biology Colloquium on October 16 at 3:30 PM in Room B302 Birge Hall. Prof. Crane’s visit is supported by the Lectures Committee of UW-Madison.

When: Wednesday, October 15th @ 7pm

Location: Room 1111, Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building

5) CREECA Lecture Series

“Three Tales of a Faculty: East German Law Professors Under Socialism,” Inga Markovits, Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin

By looking at how a small group of legal professionals managed their 40-years’ tightrope walk between the demands of their profession and the party, Professor Markovits wants to learn what law can, and cannot, achieve under the pressures of a totalitarian state. The evidence is so contradictory that one simple history is not enough to do justice to her many-faceted materials. Instead, Markovits will tell three tales, each describing the same sequence of events.

When: Thursday, October 16th @ 4pm

Location: Room 206 Ingraham Hall

6) Weston Roundtable: Paddy Woodworth

The theory that ‘novel ecosystems’ are irreversibly degraded has gained recent credibility. Our speaker argues that this theory is deeply flawed and potentially disastrous. The biggest barrier to restoration is usually not ecological, but often social, political and/or economic. When political will, resources and scientific expertise are committed to projects, restoration is now achieving unprecedented successes. Ecological restoration remains not only desirable but more feasible than ever.

When: Thursday, October 16th @ 4:15pm

Location: Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

7) Yi-Fu Tuan Geography Lecture Series

Legg engages the writings of Gayatri Spivak on the figure of the subaltern, focusing on a recurrent tension in her writings and in readings of them. The tension is between two seemingly contradictory definitions of the subaltern. He examines a report into abuse of women in some of Delhi’s ashrams in the 1930s to suggest how we can use studies of empirically verifiable subaltern space to think about the analytically subaltern spaces which must always be beyond exploration.

When: Friday, October 17th @ 4pm

Location: Room 180 Science Hall

8) Wisconsin Science Festival CAVE Tour

Come visit us at the intersection of Technology and Visualization. During your 30-minute visit, you will have the opportunity to experience virtual reality first-hand and learn about the research being done by the Living Environments Laboratory. Be ready to test out the Oculus© (the newest personal visualization experience) or slip on 3-D glassses, step into a 10 x 10 x 10 foot cube (the “CAVE”), and be transported to another world. You will leave imagining the possibilities.

When: Friday, October 17th @ 4pm

Saturday, October 18th@ 10am

Location:Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.

9) Party With the Stars

Find out what constellations and other interesting objects are visible in the night sky. Following a short indoor presentation, telescopes will be set up for sky viewing, weather permitting. Free and open to the public.

When: Friday, October 17th @ 8pm

Location: UW Space Place

10) Arboretum Walk: Red Lanterns

Free naturalist-led hike. Blackberry leaves turn bright red this month; according to Aldo Leopold, these show the best place to look for woodcock and grouse when hunting. We don’t have grouse here, so we’ll look for fall color, migrating white–throated sparrows, and other fall treats.

When: Sunday, October 19th @ 1pm

Location:Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum

11) Sustainable Energy Seminar Series

From Cows to Cars: What Ruminant Digestion can teach us about Biofuel Production

The Wisconsin Energy Institute is helping facilitate a series of seminars focused on University of Wisconsin–Madison expertise in sustainable energy. The series will allow students and the public to explore sustainable energy solutions from the small to large, learn about the challenges facing sustainable energy and interact with experts from across campus.

When: Monday, October 20th @ 4pm

Location: Wisconsin Energy Institute

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