Bridges Academy

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Lecture Series

Spring 2014

Making Medicare Work For You

Thursday, February 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Lloyd Watnik, one of the country’s foremost authorities on Social Security and Medicare, returns to USD to focus on Medicare. Watnik will facilitate an in-depth discussion on the history and background of Medicare, the options it provides today, and what the future holds for this program.

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The Passion in Music and Image: Bach Cantatas for Lent

Wednesday, March 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

With Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten period. J. S. Bach wrote much music for this special time in the Church year. In his musical reflections on the Passion of Christ, he paints vivid images in sound that are deeply stirring and as moving as are contemporary visual images. This lecture with Dr. Marianne Pfau looks at images we hold in USD's print collection and at moments from four of Bach's Lenten Cantatas, which will be featured in USD’s yearly Angelus Early Music concert on March 29.  

Ash Wednesday mass is being offered on campus at 8 am in the Immaculata Church and 12:15 pm in Founder's Chapel. For more information on the Angelus Early Music Series, click here

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Anatomia Italiana: The Cultural History of Art and Anatomy along the Italian Peninsula

Wednesday, April 2, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Italy's medieval universities established the study of human anatomy for medical professionals. Toheighten their art, Renaissance masters clandestinely studied anatomy through human dissection. Thistalk, presented by USD alumnus Professor Kevin Petti of San Diego Miramar College, will examine the profound nexus between art and science, and the history of anatomy education inthe university.

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The Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming, Climate Change, and the Nature of Science

Wednesday, April 9, 10-11:30 am

Dr. Thomas Herrinton, associate professor of Chemistry and vice provost of USD, will discuss the greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change in terms of the underlying scientific principles behind these phenomena. The strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge in doing so will be described. Join in for a discussion and presentation that will provide a factual basis on which to decide for yourself the validity of these controversial topics.

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Dred Scott: The Racism of Slavery and the Helix of Federalism

Thursday, April 17, 10–11:30 a.m.

The Dred Scott case presented a power struggle between federal and state laws that led the judicial branch to overturn federal legislation for the first time in US history. Since then, there have been many cases of racism and civil rights that have depended on judicial interpretation of the separation between state and federal law. Join Megan Huynh, a McNair Scholar of the class of 2015, as she presents her research on the interpretation of constitutional law and how it materialized into the racism of slavery.

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The History and Science of Selling- The World's Oldest Profession

Thursday, May 1, 10–11:30 a.m.

Everyone has been a buyer or a seller at some point in their lives. From shopping for consumer goods, organizing group activities, recruiting members to social or other organizations, fundraising for a favorite charity, or even deciding where to go to lunch, we all use the root skills of selling or are sold to on a daily basis. Join Professor Carlton O’Neal of the Marketing department for a lively lecture on the history, evolution, and current methods of the selling profession, including the power of the elevator speech, cultural issues that affect international methods of selling, and the best methods for presentation, negotiations, and closing a deal.

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Making the World a Better Place - Developing World-Class Engineers at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Thursday, May 8, 10-11:30 am

How can you develop engineering graduates to solve the toughest problems facing the world? USD’s unique dual B.S./B.A. program combines technical skills with social awareness, helping our students become effective Changemakers.Join Associate Dean Rick Olson for a presentation on the newly established Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the accomplishments of our students, our vision for the future, and the plans for realizing that vision.

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