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The campus is hosting a number of upcoming lectures and academic presentations—the public is invited to all:

“General Relativity Made Generally Clear”
Dr. Peter Groves, assistant professor of physics
Sunday, April 3, 7 p.m.
UTC Jones Observatory, Brainerd Road

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday April 3. Come celebrate this event with us at the UTC Jones Observatory. We will have a special guest star for the evening. Our very own Dr. Peter Groves will be presenting, “General Relativity Made Generally Clear.” What better way to commemorate the day we readjust all our clocks than by discussing how time flows about the cosmos?

We will be starting our new springtime hours. We will open the gates at 6:30 PM. Program starts at 7:00 PM. If the weather is clear, we will offer telescope viewing until approximately 9:00 PM. Call 622-5733.

“Hovering Friars, Flying Witches: Writing a History of the Impossible”
Professor Carlos Eire, Yale University
Monday, April 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
UTC University Center, Signal Mountain Room

In 17th century Europe, the Scientific Revolution was not the only thing getting off the ground—at no other time in the history of Western Europe had there ever been so many men and women who supposedly flew or levitated. In witchcraft trials, witness after witness reported seeing witches fly. How can one culture believe in the possibility of something that is considered absolutely impossible in another?

Sponsored by: Judaic Studies and the Department of Philosophy and Religion

“Waiting for Snow in Havana; Confessions of a Cuban Boy”
Professor Carlos Eire, Yale University
Tuesday, April 5, Noon-1:30 p.m.
University Center Auditorium

Carlos Eire is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. His memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana (Free Press, 2003) won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2003.

Sponsored by the Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies, the SunTrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities, and Speakers and Special Events.

“China and India Outsourcing in a Global Economy”
Dr. Richard Rice, professor of history
Tuesday, April 5, 7:00–8:30pm
UC Auditorium

For decades industrial jobs have been outsourced to Asia, raising fears of lost jobs and security issues. The most recent case is the pending sale of IBM's PC business to a Chinese firm, Lenovo. India has taken a lead in Information Technology (IT) outsourcing, from airline reservation and credit card processing to back office processing and even design. A boom in English language instruction in China will allow the Chinese to compete in an increasingly global market for IT jobs. Will highly skilled and compensated IT jobs follow industrial production to Asia? Or is IT different? Is the outsourcing trend reaching its practical limits, or will it continue?

This visual presentation will show the history and present state of global IT in India and China, offering a context for the audience to discuss and debate these important economic questions.

“The Topography of Chattanooga”
Dr. Habte Churnet, professor and head of physics, geology and astronomy
Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Bretske Hall

The Chattanooga Geology Club invites the public to a lecture by Dr. Churnet on the topography of the Chattanooga area—how and when the mountains and valleys were formed. Bring your questions, bring your rock samples, bring your friends. Dr. Churnet teaches the Geology of Tennessee, he wrote the textbook, and he is a fascinating speaker. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of those involved in the evolution crossfire. Come learn the science and enjoy the exciting evidence that we have here in Chattanooga.

UTC Graduate Research Day
Graduate Students
Wednesday, April 6, 1-4 p.m.
University Center

Presentations of research papers, slide shows, and poster sessions will be offered on Graduate Research Day on Wednesday, April 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the UTC University Center. The public is welcome.

For more information, please contact Dr. Deborah Elwell Arfken, Dean of The Graduate School and University Registrar, (423) 425-5369.

“David Hume (1711-1776), The Great Scottish Skeptic”
Dr. Brian Ribeiro, assistant professor of philosophy and religion
Wednesday, April 6, 3 p.m.
308 Holt Hall

Hume is best known for his development and defense of various arguments for radical skepticism. Yet Hume was bothered by the tension between his “abstruse” philosophical reflections and ordinary life: If he often felt intensely skeptical in his study, he nonetheless felt genuinely unable to take these skeptical views seriously when he returned to the concerns and activities of everyday life. Hume’s published work shows a deep and ongoing preoccupation with this tension. Dr. Ribeiro believes that it also shows that Hume’s view about the livability of skepticism (i.e., the extent to which one can actually live out the insights of radical skepticism) underwent an evolutionary development throughout the course of his publishing career. Dr. Ribeiro proposes to trace these textual developments in detail, as well as to demonstrate that the changes are all in the direction of increased insight, that is, that Hume’s final view of the matter was also his most sophisticated. In particular, he will argue that Hume’s concern for intellectual stability is what drives the evolution. Beginning with his most disconcerting and oscillatory conception of skeptical insight (at the end of Book 1 of the Treatise), moving through the more refined but still not fully unsatisfactory account in the First Enquiry, we arrive at Hume’s final attempt (in the posthumously published Dialogues) to sketch a stable and reflectively appealing account of skepticism’s effect on our cognitive lives.

April 1, 2005

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