Lecture Series

Spring 2017

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

Underdogs in Competition: Explorations into Sports and Politics

Wednesday, February 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

When people observe competitions, they are often drawn to figures that are seen as disadvantaged or unlikely to prevail. This presentation will discuss the scope and limits of people’s support for underdogs. Join Dr. Nadav Goldschmied, from the Department of Psychological Sciences, as he shares his findings.


U.S.–Mexico Relations in a New Era

Tuesday, February 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

While the U.S. and Mexico have often been on opposite sides of a number of policy issues, the two countries also have a long history of working together for mutual benefit. What is in store for the relationship moving forward? Dr. Emily Edmonds-Poli, of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, will discuss the prospects for continued bilateral cooperation. She will also focus on the implications of non-cooperation in the areas of trade, immigration, and security.


Word of Thunder: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantatas 101, 20, and 76

Wednesday, March 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

O eternity, you word of thunder…Thus begins one of the most dramatic Cantatas of J. S. Bach. Perfectly suited to the Lenten Season, the music vividly addresses the seminal battle humankind wages between hell and heaven, darkness and light, sin and redemption. First evoking terrifying images of purgatory’s torments, howling and gnashing of teeth, the music then calls humanity to change, to come to its senses, to renounce the dark forces of the world. Ultimately, faith offers deliverance. This cantata inspires both, awe, even terror vis à-vis eternal suffering and death, and comfort of redemption through faith. Join the Department of Music’s Dr. Marianne Pfau as she offers recorded musical examples and demonstrates her instruments live. The lecture provides a preview of the concert on the ‘Angelus Series of Sacred Music,’ to be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Founders Chapel.


Environmental Justice in the Flint Water Crisis: Moving Toward a People Over Parts Approach

Wednesday, March 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join USD McNair Scholar Jane Henderson for a look into the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Over the past three years, Flint is but one of the newest sites of an instance of environmental injustice and man-made environmental crisis. As a low-income, majority Black city, Flint represents the ways that class, race and political power converge with environmental issues in a deep way. This lecture will approach the issues in Flint from an environmental justice perspective in order to delve deeper into the causes, consequences and solutions to the crisis, as identified by residents of Flint themselves.


The Energy Challenge — Here and Beyond

Tuesday, April 4, 10-11:30 a.m.

As efforts to combat climate change increase worldwide, one of the key leverage points is the decarbonization and decentralization of the electric grid. At the local level, solar PV and wind at both the consumer and utility scale have been a major part of this strategy. The addition of these decentralized generation sources can be challenging because of their intermittent nature. Join Dr. Jae Kim, of the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, to characterize the problem on a local scale (i.e. the University of San Diego campus) and highlight potential solutions based on data analytics and operations research approaches.


Fact, Fiction, and Filter Bubbles

Wednesday, April 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

After this bitter election period, if you feel like we are all living in two distinctly different Americas — you are right. At least on social media. Nearly half of adult Americans get their news from Facebook. The problem is — Facebook knows your beliefs based on your activity and then shows you more of the same. This creates something called filter bubbles. You begin to see only the content you like and agree with, while Facebook hides dissenting points of view. Does this undermine democracy by creating confirmation bias and providing a context ripe for propaganda and misinformation? Join Dr. Mary Brinson, from the Department of Communication Studies, to discuss where and how this is happening and the possible impact it had on the 2016 election.


The Circus and the Tombs: Explorations Beneath the Vatican

Wednesday, April 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

Dr. Florence Gillman, from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, returns to Bridges Academy to share insights into the Vatican underground. This lecture will survey the fascinating — and controversial — excavations that have taken place beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in the area of the traditional location of the tomb of St. Peter. This material brings to life much about the beliefs and struggles of the earliest Christian community in Rome.


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

Contact Information

Bridges Academy
Degheri Alumni Center
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4523