Coe Thursday Forum calendar set

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2010-08-12 10:57:56 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series opens Sept. 2 with a serious discussion of humor. "This Is No Joke: Taking Humor Seriously" is the first of seven topics scheduled for a busy 2010-11 academic calendar.

Professor of Psychology Dan Lehn opens the year with a four-part series exploring the experience of humor from a variety of psychological perspectives. The series will include the origins and evolution of humor, personal and interpersonal aspects of humor, and the consequences of humor for both physical and mental health.

Beginning Sept. 30, psychology professors Tom Moye and Michael Baker team up with biology professors Randy Christensen and Paul Storer to present "It's All in Your Head: Issues in Contemporary Brain Science." The series will present an overview of some important aspects of the human brain, ranging from historical perspectives to current revelations.

Louie J. and Ella Pochobradsky Associate Professor of Business Administration David Hayes takes the Thursday Forum lectern before and after Thanksgiving with "Does America Lead or Follow? Two Studies of International Law." In examining the shifting landscape of international legal systems, Hayes will explore international legal developments involving climate change and compare two of the newest constitutions in the world, those of Iraq and Kosovo.

Assistant Professor of Religion Meira Kensky rings in the Thursday Forum new year Feb. 3 with an exploration of the Gospel of John. The series will investigate the unusual literary and theological features of the Gospel in their historical context along with an eye to how this Gospel has been instrumental in the development of Christian theology on issues such as the identity of Jesus, the crisis of the present age, and the relationship between Christians and Jews.

In March, Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato presents "Pseudoscience: A Modern Disease." Each lecture will explore cases of fraud by scientists, the junk science used to befuddle the public, and the generalized, genuine delusion of pseudoscience.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss will explore the work of three of the most influential film stylists during Hollywood's "golden age" of the 1930s in April. Short sequences from the work of immigrant directors Rouben Mamoulian, Ernst Lubitsch and Josef von Sternberg will be screened during in-class discussions. Additionally, special full-length screenings will be scheduled outside of the forum classroom.

Professor of Philosophy John Lemos closes out the Thursday Forum academic year in May by considering foundational questions addressed in Plato's "Republic."

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. Each series concludes with a luncheon on the final Thursday.

The courses are open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost is $10 per week or $30 for a four-week course. Gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "This Is No Joke: Taking Humor Seriously" - Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23.
  • "It's All in Your Head: Issues in Contemporary Brain Science" - Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 21 and 28.
  • "Does America Lead or Follow? Two Studies of International Law" - Nov. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 2.
  • "The Gospel of John: Christ, Crisis and Community" - Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24.
  • "Pseudoscience: A Modern Disease" - March 3, 10, 17, 24.
  • "Great Hollywood Film Directors of the 1930s: The ‘Foreign' Influence" - April 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • "Plato and the ‘Republic'" - May 5, 12, 19, 26.