Conscience, Superego, and Moral Maturity
Tuesday, September 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Some moral theologians draw a helpful distinction between two inner voices that we have as moral people. One is conscience—the voice of God, calling us in love, demanding that we respond in particular acts that commit ourselves to value. The other is the voice of superego, telling us what we should do so that we will be loved. The superego plays an important role in the inner life, especially for children, but mature adults need to be able to distinguish between the voice of conscience and the voice of the superego. Join Dr. Emily Reimer-Barry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, for this interactive lecture on moral discernment.
The Science of Sports
Tuesday, October 1, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Athletes are now performing feats that were unimaginable in the recent past. Athletes run faster, jump higher, hit balls further and are stronger than ever before. Many of the advances in athletic performance have been fueled by scientific innovations along with a better understanding of metabolism, nutrition and kinesiology. Join chemistry Professor Mitch Malachowski to learn about the role science plays in creating new materials that enhance sport, how performance-enhancing drugs have created ethical questions about sport and how artificial body parts change our perception of what it means to be human.
Music in Asian Cultures (Part 2!)
Wednesday, October 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Join Professor David Harnish, ethnomusicologist and USD Music Department Chair, as he continues the journey through the music of Asian cultures, focusing this time on Japan and China. Listen to select music styles, learn about traditions, and see how these cultures have modernized their music in recent times, according to cultural and political priorities.
Knights and Chivalry in the Middle Ages
Wednesday, October 23, 10-11:30 am
Knighthood was one of the most fascinating products of the Middle Ages. Through stories of war, adventure, and the service of ladies, it has influenced the imagination of centuries. In this lecture, Dr. Stefan Vander Elst will discuss the origins of knighthood, its development through hundreds of years of history, and the eventual evolution into the code of the gentleman. Vander Elst will also share some recent research in this field that has captured the imagination of so many generations.
Presidential Power: Fact and Fiction
Wednesday, October 30, 10–11:30 a.m.
DUE TO A LARGE NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS, THIS LECTURE WILL BE HELD IN THE MANCHESTER CONFERENCE CENTER ON THE WEST SIDE OF CAMPUS.
Citizens and pundits regularly critique the leadership of modern presidents, including Barack Obama. However, casual observers often make assumptions about presidential power that do not stand up to rigorous examination. Do presidents' speeches actually affect public opinion? Can they really "lead" Congress? What can modern presidents actually do to affect public policy? Join Dr. Casey Dominguez to learn about what current research says about the limits of presidential power, and how political scientists evaluate their leadership.
Fiscal Fitness: Social Security and Medicare: How They Work and How to Make Them Work for You
Wednesday, November 6, 10–11:30 a.m.
One of the country’s foremost authorities on Social Security and Medicare, Lloyd Watnik will give an informative presentation that will encompass the history and background of these social programs, the benefits and options they provide, and what the future holds for them.
Arsenic in Public Water Supplies
Thursday, November 14, 10-11:30 am
The State Water Resources Control Board recently reported that of the 30 million California residents who rely on groundwater supplied by their municipal facilities, 21 million get their drinking water from contaminated groundwater supplies. The most common contaminant was naturally occurring arsenic, which enters water supplies when minerals hosting arsenic dissolve into groundwater. USD environmental geochemist, Beth O’Shea, PhD will talk about her research on arsenic in drinking water in the U.S., Australia, and Africa and attempt to answer that enduring question: is bottled water better than tap water?
For more information about the Bridges Academy Lecture Series, please call (619) 260-4815.