Bridges Academy

Drop Shadow

Lecture Series

Fall 2015

To register for lectures over the phone, please call (619) 260-4815.

European Security: Elections Rule or Election Rules? 

Tuesday, September 15, 10-11:30 am

The way elections are organized is an important and underestimated driver of European security. Join Dr. Randy Willoughby for a look at a few European countries and the significance of election rules for issues like France's response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Germany’s “energiewiede” policy, a possible dis-United Kingdom, and Turkey's neo-Ottomania.

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The Impact of Technology on Family Communication

Thursday, September 24, 10-11:30 am

Families are complex in nature, rich in communication patterns, and diverse. There are many social factors which affect our understanding of family dynamics around the world, including marriage rituals, blended families, and the meaning of death. However, with modern advancement in technology, family communication has transformed the way we communicate and connect globally, locally, face to face and/or virtually. Technology has led to changes in how families are formed and how they communicate with factors such as birth rate, health, and values. Dr. Leeva Chung returns to continue the conversation about the changing nature of family, communication, identity and technology.

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Finding God in All Things: Pope Francis and the Gift of Ignatian Spirituality

Wednesday, September 30, 10-11:30 am

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The Developmental Course of Face-ism

Tuesday, October 6, 10-11:30 am

“Face-ism” is a type of sexism originally documented in 1989 that focuses on media portrayal of men and women. Media depictions often focus attention on men’s faces, while women’s depictions include more complete bodies, so faces appear less prominent. Independent studies have shown facial prominence related to more positive and dominant evaluations, yet no published studies have studied the developmental course of face-ism. Join class of 2016 McNair Scholar Gabriella Russo as she shares the research she has done with children and their artistic depictions of men and women.

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Art and Anatomy in the Italian Renaissance

Wednesday, October 14, 10-11:30 am

The history of Italy’s universities is truly unique, as the study of anatomy via human dissection for training medical professionals began in medieval times. Michelangelo, among other artists, brought the connection between art and science to life, becoming masters of the human form through studies of anatomy. Join 2006 alumnus, Kevin Petti, Ph.D of San Diego Miramar College for another look at art, science, culture, and the history of the university.

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Shakespeare’s Women

Thursday, November 12, 10-11:30 am

According to the Shakespearean scholar-critic Jonathan Bate, “Shakespeare loved strong women.” Did he—really? How can we possibly know that? In this presentation, Dr. Maura Giles-Watson will explore Shakespeare’s representations of women, women’s roles, and women’s discourse. In the process, she will examine a variety of plays and several of Shakespeare’s most controversial sonnets in which women figure prominently. She will also scrutinize issues related to gender and performance on Renaissance London's professional stages, where cross-dressed males played all the female roles. Dr. Giles-Watson will be joined by her student, USD Honors senior Mr. Kevin Searle, who was awarded a competitive 2015 SURE grant by USD’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Mr. Searle will discuss his SURE research project, “'Constant in all things’? Women’s Friendships in Shakespeare’s Plays.”

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For more information about the Bridges Academy Lecture Series, please call (619) 260-4815.