Lecture Series

Spring 2018

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

‘Angelus 2018’ Lenten Concert: On Hearing Bach’s Cantatas

Wednesday, February 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Bible contains some well-known paradoxes, such as exaltation through humility, receiving through giving, gaining through losing, even living through dying. Such statements appear either contrary to conventional wisdom or seem absurd. However, Bach’s Lenten Cantatas are drawn to such rhetorical paradoxes. We will ask how Bach’s music helps ponder their puzzles. Join the Department of Music’s Dr. Marianne Pfau, Director of the ‘Angelus Series of Sacred Music,’ for a lecture and demonstration. The lecture provides a preview of the ‘Angelus Series,’ which will be performed live on February 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Founders Chapel.

You May Already be a Victim: Essential Computer Security Practices for Home Users

Tuesday, March 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

Even if computers were made to be perfectly secure (they are not) and Internet companies maintained perfect security over our data (they do not), each of us would still be responsible for following good computer security practices to protect ourselves as much as we can. In this talk, Dr. Mark Heckman, from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, will explain some of the basic good computing habits that everyone should practice on their home computers, tablets, and phones.

Rigs to Reefs: Exploring the Future of Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Tuesday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join Emily Callahan and Amber Jackson for a special Bridges Academy guest lecture. After meeting at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where they received their M.A.S. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, they co-founded Blue Latitudes. Blue Latitudes' mission is to unite science, policy, and communications to create innovative solutions for the complex ecological challenges associated with offshore energy structures. In California, there are 27 oil and gas platforms found off the coast, each home to a thriving, unique ecosystem. A recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that, “...the oil and gas platforms off California are among the most productive habitats globally.” As the world’s natural reefs continue to disappear due to overfishing, run-off, and pollution, Emily and Amber believe that repurposing offshore energy structures as artificial reefs may be the best decision for the future of our oceans. It's time to think creatively about the resources we have, and proceed forward boldly with radical new tactics for ocean management. 

Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money and American Philanthropy

Tuesday, April 10, 10-11:30 a.m.

In 1926, philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps (1836-1932) appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, having given away the equivalent of $100 million dollars to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Scripps Memorial Hospital, and Scripps College, among other institutions. She never married, but spent her life helping her brothers make a fortune in the newspaper industry. This lecture explores her career as a journalist and her social advocacy. It also emphasizes the importance of women in philanthropy, a tradition of leadership that continues to the present day. Join the Department of History’s Dr. Molly McClain as she shares more about the subject of her recent book—Ellen Browning Scripps.

Environmental Protection in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 25, 10-11:30 a.m.

The U.S. takes an exceptional approach to environmental protection, bucking many of the policies adopted by other developed nations. We'll discuss the various environmental policymaking arms of the government, as well as ways in which the courts help to determine the course of American environmental protection. We'll then consider the role of citizens and civil society in shaping government responses to environmental challenges. Join Dr. Andrew Tirrell, from the Department of Political Science and International Relations, to learn more.

Deconstructing Racial Stereotypes

Tuesday, May 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

In acknowledgement of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Racial stereotypes are all around us, too often shaping our assumptions about others and influencing the decisions we make. Few of us, however, pause to study their origins and question their validity. Join Dr. May Fu, from the Department of Ethnic Studies, as she deconstructs the Asian American model minority myth and situates it within a longer history of anti-Black racism and xenophobia. We will not only explore the power of racial stereotypes to shape ideas, interactions, and institutions, but also how to counteract them.