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Lecture Series

Spring 2015

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

Thinking Critically About Neuroscience

Thursday, February 12, 10-11:30 am

Neuroscience is in the news and everyone seems to be excited by neuroscience findings, especially when they are accompanied by colorful brain images. Unfortunately, many of these findings come from non-peer-reviewed studies, and with the quickly expanding popularity of brain imaging comes quickly expanding misinformation. Dr. Annette Taylor will provide background information on brain imaging, some examples of good studies, a few examples about the misguided use of brain scans and other neurotechnologies, and how we all have to be cautious about the interpretations that pervade the media.

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Measures of Grace: Moments from three Bach Cantatas

Wednesday, February 25, 10-11:30 am

Beneath all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred works, we find the motto “S.D.G.” It stands for  “Soli Deo Gloria,”  meaning “to the glory of the only God.” All Bach’s compositions, it suggests, are to be understood as praises of the Divine.  In this lecture-demonstration, Dr. Marianne Pfau will probe three Bach Cantatas for musical moments that show us how Bach shapes his art in accordance with the Protestant tenets of faith, gratitude, the meaning of scripture, and the veneration of Christ. These three cantatas will be performed live at the ‘Angelus Series’ in USD’s Founders Chapel, offered on March 21 at 7 pm.

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Who Represents Children and the Future?  The Story of USD’s Children’s Advocacy Institute – Its History and Current Battles”

Wednesday, March 4, 10-11:30 am

The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) has been based at USD’s School of Law since 1989, and is California’s premiere academic, research, and advocacy organization seeking to improve the lives of children and youth. Law students represent children through a Dependency Clinic, Delinquency: At Risk Youth Clinic, and Policy Clinic, and many have engaged in research projects that have resulted in statewide or national policy changes to ensure children’s health and safety. Join CAI Founder Robert Fellmeth, USD School of Law professor, for a look at children’s political status, current case examples such as Fraley v. Facebook, and an overview of CAI’s work in the fields of child abuse and foster care regulations and legislation.

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Family Communication

Tuesday, March 24, 10-11:30 am

Author Alex Haley wrote, "In every conceivable manner, the family is our link to our past, our bridge to our future." The family plays a significant role in shaping our identities, our primary socializing agents, teaching kids right from wrong, and a system where lives are formed developed and changed across time. The concept of the Family has significantly changed over the past 50 years, as the nuclear family has been expanded and reshaped through adoption, scientific technologies and reality of more adult children living at home. Join Dr. Leeva Chung to explore the impact of culture, technology, and identity shifts in roles of parents and children.

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 The Invasion of the Manila Clam in Mission Bay

Wednesday, April 1, 10-11:30 am

Since the mid-1990s, the Manila clam in Southern California estuaries has increased from absent or sparse to common, possibly due to seafood sales, aquaculture, and the spread of established northern populations. A research project was undertaken at USD to identify the clam's post-settlement habitat preferences and factors contributing to high population density. Alexander Blanco, McNair Scholar and recipient of the Award of Excellence in Student Research from the National Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division, will share his experience on this project and the future areas of study relating to the patterns of establishment of Manila clam. Learn more about Alex in this USD News article.

(Due to a scheduling conflict, "The Developmental Course of Face-ism" has been moved to Fall 2015.)

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Fray Antonio, California Exploration and the Gray Whale

Tuesday, April 7, 10-11:30 am

Fray Antonio de la Ascención left the Port of San Diego on May 5, 1602 to search with SebastianVizcaino for the Strait of Anián and to locate California, that mythical “Island of the Amazons.”  Fray Antonio named the Bay of San Diego and was the first European naturalist to describe the presence of hundreds of gray whales in the Bay of San Diego in 1603. Gray whales still make the long and perilous journey through our waters, and face new threats from today’s technologies. Join Dr. Jorge A. Vargas for a journey through history and a closer look into the interesting activities of the California gray whale in the coastal lagoons of Baja California, Mexico.

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An Immigrant Church in the United States? Past as Prologue

Wednesday, April 22, 10-11:30 am

The Catholic Church in the United States has always been an immigrant church. Waves of immigrants from England, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, and nearly every place in the world have enriched the Catholic Church in the US. The process was not always an easy one. A hostile US culture was not very welcoming, and interethnic conflict was a regular occurrence. How did the Catholic Church respond? This talk with Dr. Jeffrey Burns will reflect on the historical record to inform current discussions about immigrants, the Church, and culture.

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