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March 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Hall, room 127, Newark Campus

Join us for a half-day experience for all members of the community craving intellectual stimulation. Alums will enjoy a return visit to campus, current students will enjoy great lectures with no need to take notes, and everyone will relish a morning filled with the pleasure of learning.

Thought-provoking lectures by excellent faculty--and no test at the end!

The event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. RSVP here.

For more information, please call 302-831-4130 or write to

David Teague
David Teague, Tripping the Light Ekphrastic:  Poetic Form, Public Art, and Community Engagement

Ekphrasis is the act of creating a work of literary art in response to another work of art.  Think "Ode On a Grecian Urn," by John Keats or "Mona Lisa," by Evans and Livingston, sung by Nat King Cole.  Ekphrasis provides a rich and deep nexus of engagement between imaginations, cultures, and creative traditions, as it provides a form in which artists can explore, honor, and ultimately exalt one another's accomplishments.  In "Tripping the Light Ekphrastic," we will encounter the work of UD students and Delaware artists meeting in just this way, and we will explore what they've created.

Ellis Wasson
Ellis Wasson, The Great Divergence: China, India and Europe in the Late 18th Century

The talk is focused on industrialization and modernization. Historians debate both the causes of the economic transformation of Europe and particularly Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries and why the largest and richest states in Asia took a different path. The "Great Divergence," as it is called, had huge consequences for the global economy in the 20th century and reverberates through the political and cultural history of modern times. What can we learn about the world and our own society and economy through understanding different responses to innovation, technology, and change?

Karen Rosenberg
Karen Rosenberg, Why Do Humans Have Difficult Births and Helpless Babies?

 Anthropologists traditionally interpret infant helplessness as a result of selective pressures for early birth to allow large-brained infants to pass through the bipedal pelvis. Cultural adaptations such as fire, clothing, shelter and child care allow them to survive. Rosenberg argues that in addition to these costs, early birth and helplessness have the benefit of exposing infants to social, emotional and other stimuli in the rich extra-uterine environment and that this has important implications for cognitive development.

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