College Convocation Series: Dr. Robert Sapolsky
"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease, and Coping"
Thursday, April 10, 2008
One of the nation's finest science writers will speak on stress and stress-related disorders on April 10 at 7:30 in Mead Chapel. Robert Sapolsky is the recipient of the MacArthur ("Genius") Fellowship, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of several bestselling books including "A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons," "The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament," and "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." He is known for his animated lecture and writing style, which helps communicate intricate scientific information in a humorous and accessible way.
The College Convocation Series seeks to bring together all members of the college community to reflect upon topics of broad intellectual and cultural importance.
Sponsored by the Samuel S. Stratton Fund, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Ad-Hoc Committee on Campus Stress, departments of Neuroscience, Biology, Psychology, and Religion, and the Center for Counseling and Human Relations.
College Convocation Series:
"Redefining Environment," with John Francis
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Mead Memorial Chapel
John Francis, Ph.D., known the world over as the Planetwalker, spent 17 years in silence and 22 years without riding in motorized vehicles after witnessing an oil spill in San Franciso Bay. He will discuss how the current environmental crisis is a reflection of world-wide social and economic inequity and that any attempt to resolve the crisis must not only address the scientific issues, such as climate change and deforestation, but also the humanitarian issues. From peace and justice to everyday civility, Dr. Francis contends that our connection to the earth as well as to each other is at the heart of the environmental crisis.
Copies of Dr. Francis's book, Planetwalker (published by the National Geographic Society, 2009) will be available for sale at the event. Dr. Francis will autograph books following his lecture.
The College Convocation Series represents an effort to bring together all members of the College community to reflect upon topics of broad intellectual and cultural importance.
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Office of Institutional Planning and Diversity, The Department of Religion, the Academic Enrichment Fund, Ross Commons and Metanexus.