Lecture Series

Fall 2020

We are excited to share that Bridges Academy will be offered remotely and virtually, via the Zoom platform, for Fall 2020. Due to the continued impacts of COVID-19, it is not possible to gather in person. When you register for the lectures on the registration page, please provide a current email address. 48 hours before the lecture, you will receive a reminder email with a link and details regarding joining the lecture online. We look forward to a great series of lectures featuring engaging speakers from across campus, in a new format!

The Artist as Social Critic: Case Studies from USD’s Print Collection

Thursday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Throughout history, artists have protested war and injustice, struggled for peace and progress, and imagined Utopian futures. Spanning the 18th century to the present, this talk by John Murphy, PhD, the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints, will offer a brief overview of art and activism, drawing on examples from the University of San Diego’s growing collection of fine art prints. We will consider how artists such as William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, Käthe Kollwitz, Elizabeth Catlett, and Charles White have used printmaking as a medium to critique society, to encourage empathy and action, and to promote positive social change.

Lessons From the Field: Four insights into how the pandemic has affected the wealth of real families & what they are doing about it

Wednesday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Join us for a lecture offered by guest speaker, James F. (Buddy) Thomas, Jr. CFP, AEP, President and Chief Planning Officer of Superior Planning, Inc. Buddy will share four insights into how the pandemic has affected the wealth of real families and what they are doing about it.

Lesson #1 – Cash Flow is King - Refocusing on sustainable income

Lesson #2 – Investment Policy Matters - Total return in unpredictable markets  

Lesson #3 – Goals are like magnets - The importance of vision in chaos

Lesson #4 – It is not about you - Advantages of premature estate settlement

The New Foundation: Exploring Human Psychology from an Evolutionary Perspective

Tuesday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

At the end of his classic text, The Origin of Species, Darwin argued that "psychology will be based on a new foundation," recognizing the value of connecting human psychology with an evolutionary perspective. However, psychologists did not begin to apply evolutionary theory to the understanding of human psychology with any regularity until the 1980s. Join Rebekah Wanic, PhD, from the Department of Psychological Sciences, for an introduction to the *relatively* young discipline of evolutionary psychology, designed to provide insight into the approach and clarify common misconceptions while exploring specific topics such as altruism, imagination and family conflict.

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

Wednesday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 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, Mark Heckman, PhD, 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.