Emerging Technology Applications & Workflows in Archaeology 3/28, 4:30 p.m.

Emerging Technology Applications & Workflows in Archaeology

Ian Roy, Head of Brandeis MakerLab and Director of Innovation at Brandeis University Library

This Wed Mar 28, Downey Lounge, 4:30pm

Come see how 3D scanning and printing, drone photogrammetry and VR visualization helps us to better study, understand and experience the past!

In addition to being a passionate advocate for teaching technology as a liberal art, Ian Roy is a brilliant technologist who has worked with our archaeological team on sites and materials from Greece and Crete. In his talk he will demonstrate how new tools, techniques and workflows are being employed to better document and study archaeological sites and artifacts (and perhaps an opportunity to try the VR goggles).

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia with Dr. David Abramson ’87 — Today, 4:30 p.m.

The Proof is in the Pudding: Putin’s Pivot to Asia

Monday March 26, 4.30 pm, PAC 001

Dr. David Abramson, Senior Analyst in the Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of State. will discuss the drivers of Russia’s outreach in Asia and its prospects for success.

Putin initiated his pivot to Asia policy even before the West began imposing sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine in 2014.  Putin’s reaction to the U.S. and European-led condemnation was to double down and demonstrate that Russia had partners other than the West and would not remain isolated.  Consequently, Moscow has been reaching out actively to both familiar and nontraditional partners in Asia, but has a long way to go in building trust and following through on its commitments beyond the optics of trying to reestablish itself as a global power.

Dr. David Abramson (Wesleyan Class of 1987, Russian Language and Literature) is senior analyst covering Russia’s relations with Asia for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Analysis for Russia and Eurasia.  He previously worked for many years as a Central Asia analyst, focusing primarily on Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Islamic trends in Eurasia.

During 2001-2005, Dr. Abramson spent four years in the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, monitoring and promoting religious freedom in the Middle East as an element of U.S. foreign policy, advising on outreach to the Muslim world, and engaging with Muslim-American communities.

Dr. Abramson also teaches courses on Central Asia at Georgetown University and has published on Islam, national identity, and foreign assistance in Central Asia, and on anthropologists working on national security.  He received his doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University where he specialized in community and conflict in post-Soviet Uzbekistan.


Lecture: “The Science of Unconscious Bias” with Dr. Keith Maddox March 9, Noon

Dr. Keith B. Maddox, Tufts University

Friday, March 9      12:00 – 1:10 pm    open discussion to follow

Tishler Lecture Hall, Exley 150

Implicit or unconscious bias is a fascinating, and sometimes confusing topic that is highly relevant given the increasingly polarized political climate of today. The near constant drumbeat of events and statements that may be perceived to be motivated by bias can be overwhelming, and, paradoxically, can make it difficult for well-intentioned people to address the role their own biases may play in perpetuating unfair systems and practices. As scientists and scholars, we strive to act with impartiality, but it is important for us to be aware that even the most rational among us is subject to unconscious bias that can impact our decisions. In this lecture, Dr. Keith B. Maddox, Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University, will provide a thought provoking discussion looking at the science surrounding these issues and offer advice on confronting and overcoming bias.

Dr. Maddox founded the Applied Diversity Science Initiative at Tufts, and he is an expert in social cognition who carries out research into racial phenotypicality bias, the interplay of racial and spatial categories in memory, stereotype threat, and confronting bias.

This lecture is presented with the support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

CHUM Monday Night Lecture Series–“Neither Grand nor Modest: Critique as a form of historical analysis” with Joan Scott, Institute of Advanced Studies, 2/5/18, 6 p.m.

Neither Grand nor Modest: Critique as a form of historical analysis
Joan W. Scott • Institute for Advanced Studies
FEBRUARY 5 @ 6 P.M. | Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

This talk will argue that critical approaches to history need neither endorse grand narratives nor restrict themselves to small case studies. Using material from my new book, Sex and Secularism, I will try to formulate what I take to be a vision of theoretically informed critical histo.

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