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James Smart

Genetics and Goulash: My adventures on leave in Hungary 2016-2017

September 27th, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Humanities Auditorium

 

John Geer

Dr. Smart is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UTM. Originally from the Vancouver, B.C. area, he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University. He then joined Carl Bauer'€™s lab at Indiana University Bloomington as a post-doctoral fellow where he studied the transcriptional regulation of hem genes in Rhodobacter capsulatus. Dr. Smart then joined the faculty at UTM where he teaches a variety of courses including microbiology and molecular biology. His work has been published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, Photosynthetica, the European Molecular Biology Organization Journal, and the Journal of Bacteriology.

 

Luca Bonomi

Music and songs: A new idea of soundtracks in Italian cinema 1950s-1960s

October 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 PM in Watkins Auditorium in the Boling University Center

 

Luca Bonomi

Luca Bonomi is president of the Società Dante Alighieri, a language school in Siena, Italy. From 1999 to the present, Bonomi has traveled abroad extensively in promoting the school, making annual trips to Japan, as a guest of the Associazione Italo-Giapponese and Società Dante Alighieri in Tokyo; to Korea'€™s Centro di Studi Italiani in Seoul; to the U.S., as a guest of numerous universities and cultural organizations; as well as to Norway, Sweden, and Slovenia. In this capacity, he has held conferences on the history of Italian opera, with particular focus on the pre-Romantic, Romantic, and Verista periods. Since his association with the school began, the National Assembly of the Società Dante Alighieri elected him Revisore dei Conti (of cial auditor) for a second consecutive term (2006), he organized the LXXVI International Congress of the Società Dante Alighieri, entitled Dante e la nascita dell'€™Uomo del Rinascimento (Dante and the Birth of the Renaissance Man) (2003), he was unanimously elected president of the Società Dante Alighieri, Comitato di Siena (2001), he served as director of studies (1998), he was elected secretary of the Società Dante Alighieri, Comitato di Siena, and worked alongside the society'€™s president, Giulio Accattatis, in directing the school'€™s operations (1996), he assumed administrative responsibilities, with the specific task of promoting the school'€™s cultural activities abroad (1994), and he began teaching courses in Italian language, culture, opera, and the history of Italian cinema (1987). In 1995, he published an Italian grammar book, I perché della Grammatica italiana. Bonomi taught the history of cinema at the UNI-TRE (Università per la Terza età) of Grossetto andcollaborated with the Maggio Fiorentino and other Tuscan institutions to offer Italian linguistic training for lyric singers in preparation for performances with the opera companies of Florence and Siena (1986'€“89). He received a degree in music andtheatre from the University of Rome '€œLa Sapienza.'€ His thesis regarded the use of music in the films of Luchino Visconti, and he received a PhD in teaching Italian language and culture to foreigners at the University of Perugio in 1993.

 

Vejas Liulevicius

WORLD WAR I REMEMBERED: THE WORK OF UTK'€™S CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WAR AND SOCIETY

October 26th, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Watkins Auditorium in the Boling University Center

 

Vejas Liulevicius

Dr. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius is Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society. A native of Chicago, IL, he earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Liulevicius served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. His awards and honors include the University of Tennessee's Excellence in Teaching Award and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Dr. Liulevicius has published numerous articles and two books: War Land on the Eastern Front: Culture, National Identity, and German Occupation in World War I and The German Myth of the East, 1800 to the Present. He also has recorded seven taped lecture courses with The Great Courses company, on topics that include the First World War, dictatorships, espionage, exploration, and the history of Eastern Europe. For more info see: this page.

 

Viet Cuong

Viet Cuong Residency Concert

November 18th, 2017 at 5:30 PM (Short intro, concert starts at 6:00 PM) in the Blankenship Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building

 

Viet Cuong

Called “alluring” and “wildly inventive” by The New York Times, Viet Cuong’s music has been performed on six continents by a number of leading soloists and ensembles including the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Sō Percussion, JACK Quartet, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Albany Symphony, Gregory Oakes, and Mimi Stillman, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, International Double Reed Society Conference, US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Midwest Clinic, and CBDNA conferences. Viet’s awards include the ASCAP Morton Gould Award, Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Award, Theodore Presser Foundation Music Award, Cortona Prize, Walter Beeler Memorial Prize, Boston Guitarfest Competition, Dolce Suono Ensemble Competition, and Prix d’Été Competition. He also received honorable mentions in the Harvey Gaul Memorial Competition and two consecutive ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prizes. Viet has held artist residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was a scholarship student at the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Copland House’s CULTIVATE Institute, and the Aspen and Bowdoin music festivals. He is currently a Naumburg and Roger Sessions Doctoral Fellow at Princeton, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory www.vietcuongmusic.com

 

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