“The Dadaab Suite and Other Poems”

English Professor Major Jackson’s Full Professor Lecture, “The Dadaab Suite and Other Poems,” Tuesday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m. Dadaab, Kenya is the home of the oldest and largest refugee camp administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The camp was built for 90,000 refugees in 1991 as a consequence of the civil […]

“Mapping the Everyday: Geographies of Power and Marginality in Urban Contexts”

Tracing the contours of power in cities, Professor Cope discusses ways that socially marginalized groups are subject to – and act upon – spatial constraints and restrictions in everyday life. Focusing on women, youth, and people of color, she draws on the idea of the mutual constitutions of society and space to illuminate intersections of […]

“Central Banking before the Federal Reserve”

One reason the U.S. was late to create a central bank was that earlier renditions of central banks, the First and Second Banks of the United States (1791-1811 and 1816-1836, respectively), drew political fire as large, financially powerful corporations. Although both institutions performed well, it proved impossible for either to convince both a congressional majority […]

“Running from Anxiety: How Exercise Changes the Emotional Brain”

It is well known that exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, promotes a stable and healthy body weight, and strengthens the immune system. There is now growing evidence that exercise also improves emotional health. Studies of humans and other animals have shown that voluntary exercise reduces many of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and promotes stress […]

“The Social Organization of Technology: Vermont Perspectives on American Innovation”

The United States came to lead the world economy by the early 20th century. As symbolized by Henry Ford’s automobile production, it was the world’s most mechanized country. Among the factors accounting for the ascendance of this once-backward colony, the rapid diffusion of technological knowledge was particularly important. Supported by effective government policies and civil organization, networks of highly mobile machinists spread knowledge widely and generated broad ranges of new techniques, forming a distinctive American technology in the process. Professor Thomson will discuss how several prominent Vermonters played pivotal roles in this development.

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“From James Marsh to Computers in Backpacks: UVM and Romanticism in the 21st Century”

Building on his recent book, The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet- a study of the role of culture in the social construction of internet technology-Tom Streeter looks at the persistence of romanticism in the twenty-first century. Communities as diverse as computer programmers, CEOs, and college students at times demonstrate a fondness for self […]

Michael Zvolensky, “Anxiety, Smoking and Smoking Cessation”

Professor, Department of Psychology Tobacco use and dependence rates are disproportionately high among those with anxiety and its disorders. Professor Zvolensky provided an overview of the scientific literature on anxiety, smoking, and smoking cessation. He also discussed current promising treatment and prevention approaches for smokers with anxiety risk factors and disorders. The College of Arts […]

Keith Klepeis, “The Geology of Mountain Ranges: A View from Deep beneath the Earth’s Surface”

Mountains form some of the largest and most beautiful geological features on our planet. Yet despite their occurrence on all the continents we still don’t understand much about the forces and processes that shape the evolution of mountain ranges and operate deep within their interiors. One of the reasons for this lack of knowledge is […]

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Julie Roberts, “Disappearing or Only Different: Vermont Speech in the 21st Century,”

When Fred Tuttle exposed the rest of the world to Vermont’s unique dialect in the 1996 film Man with the Plan, it seemed the classic accent was alive and well. Not so, according to Julie Roberts, professor of communication sciences, who says most young Vermonters today display very few elements of the state’s folksy way […]

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F. Gregory Gause “Oil, Politics and Democracy in the Middle East…and What That Might Tell Us about Iraq”

Professor F. Gregory GauseTuesday October 7, 2008
Political Science Professor Gregory Gause examines the various arguments in the academic literature about the relationship between oil and domestic politics in oil-producing states . . .
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