University Lecture Series
Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the University Lecture Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty—scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events will be aimed at entering first-year students. The series is funded by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.
Upcoming Lecture Series
Tuesday, Mar. 21
Bob Dylan: The Next Generation – Prof. Tom Palaima, Michael Chaiken, & Tom Staley
Texas Union Theatre
Tom Palaima is Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP). He received the UT Alumni/ae Association’s Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003-2004 and the Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award in 2004-2005. A MacArthur fellow for his work on ancient archives, Aegean prehistory and early Greek language and culture, he has long studied, written and taught seminars about the human response to experiences of war and violence. This includes folk and popular songs from Homer to Bob Dylan and beyond. From his perspective as a scholar of ancient archives and of the music of Bob Dylan, Palaima will lay out the particular challenges connected with creating an archives of the most fully documented poet and songster in human history in “Introduction: How Do We Archive America’s Homer?”
Michael Chaiken is the Curator of The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, OK. He is an archivist, film programmer, and Curator of the Bob Dylan Archive at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His archival work includes the collections of Nicholas Ray, Pennebaker-Hegedus Films and Renata Adler. As a film programmer, he has organized touring retrospectives of the work of Norman Mailer, Luc Moullet, Dick Fontaine, Albert and David Maysles, and Pierre Clémenti. Chaiken will discuss his experience over the past decade as an archivist with emphasis on the unique characteristics of the Dylan collection.
Tom Staley was director of the Harry Ransom Center from 1988 to 2013. He is professor emeritus of the department of English and Fellow of the C. B. Smith, Sr., Nash Phillips, Clyde Copus Centennial Chair honoring Harry Huntt Ransom. A noted James Joyce scholar, in his 25 years as director of the Harry Ransom Center he orchestrated the acquisition of the papers and archives of figures who define our culture: Norman Mailer, Jorge Luis Borges, Robert De Niro, Tom Stoppard, Stella Adler, Doris Lessing, Bernard Malamud, David Mamet, Tim O’Brien and the Watergate materials of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. In “What Did HR See?: UT’s Harry Huntt Ransom Center Vision and Realization.” Staley will discuss what the archives means for Texas, American and western culture and what it will mean going forward from his unique perspective as director of the HRC for a quarter century.
Tuesday, Apr. 11
Engineering the Body’s Ability to Heal Itself – Prof. Laura Suggs
Texas Union Theatre
Dr. Laura Suggs earned her undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials and tissue engineering from Rice University in 1998. Following an industrial position as a Senior Scientist and a Research Associate position at the University of Minnesota, she returned to Texas to join the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in her field and is the Associate Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at UT Austin. Her education portfolio includes classes in engineering biomaterials, tissue engineering, cell engineering, and senior design projects.
Dr. Suggs will discuss the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. While pluripotent stem cells have not yet reached the clinic, the therapeutic use of adult stem cells, which has been ongoing since 1995, has not generally been as successful as hoped. This may be largely attributed to our lack of understanding regarding the mechanisms for tissue repair. There is a complex relationship between the host immune system and the stem cell compartment. A critical scientific gap in our ability to understand and promote tissue regeneration is a lack of understanding of the interplay among the stem cell reservoir, the host immune system and the contribution of human movement towards cellular function.