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Academy in Context: 2005-2006

The Dirty Ethics of Archaeology
Thursday, April 6, 6 p.m. 

Susan E. Alcock is the inaugural Director of the new Artemis A. W. Joukowsky and Martha Sharp Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown. Her current research interests include the Hellenistic and Roman eastern Mediterranean and southern Caucasus, landscape archaeology, and the archaeology of memory and of imperialism. Dr. Alcock has recently begun fieldwork in southern Armenia, as co-director of the Vorotan Project. She is a 2001 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her books, solo authored and edited, include: Archaeologies of the Greek Past: Landscape, Monuments and Memory (2001), which won the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians; Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece (2001); Empires Perspectives from History and Archaeology (2001); The Archaeology of Memory (2003); and Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Analysis in the Mediterranean Region (2004).

Hima B. Mallampati is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan. She earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001 and a B.A. in Art History and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Before graduate school, Mallampati was an associate at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard and Reed in New York City, where she practiced art law with cases involving NAGPRA, copyright, trademark, and conspiracy claims. Her current research involves the acquisition of antiquities by non-profit museums and private collectors.

The Ethics of Punishment: Mass Incarceration and American Values
Wednesday, March 1, 6 p.m.

Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown. He has taught previously at Boston, Harvard, and Northwestern universities, and the University of Michigan. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A distinguished academic economist, Loury has contributed to a variety of areas in applied microeconomic theory (welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution). His over 200 essays and reviews on racial inequality and social policy have appeared in dozens of influential journals of public affairs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was for many years a contributing editor at The New Republic. Professor Loury's books include One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (1995), The Anatomy of Racial Inequality (2002), Ethnicity, Social Mobility, and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK (2005). A native of the Southside of Chicago, Loury currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

Looking for Truth in History and Science 
Thursday, November 17, 6 p.m.

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author of five books. A frequent commentator on broadcast media, he has written for publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to The New York Times Sunday Magazine Fortune, Newsweek, Esquire, andThe Washington Post. Currently Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities , he divides his time between New Orleans and Washington. Barry's books have won more than twenty awards. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History won the 2005 Keck Award given by the National Academies of Science for the outstanding book on science or medicine of the year, and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize given by the Society of American Historians for the year's outstanding book of American history. Barry graduated from Brown University , and did work beyond the M.A. in history at the University of Rochester before withdrawing from the Ph.D. program. Before writing his first book, he coached major college football, then spent ten years as a journalist covering national politics and economics.

Computers and Human Values 
Wednesday, October 5, 6 p.m.

Michael Chorost graduated Brown in 1987 and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Born with extremely limited hearing in both ears because of an epidemic of rubella among pregnant women, Chorost went completely deaf in on July 7, 2001, during a business trip to Tahoe. Rebuilt is about going deaf and getting my hearing back with an implanted computer," Chorost says, "but it's also an extended consideration of what computers have done to our bodies and our lives. In it I discuss how our society has misused computers, and how we might reorient ourselves so that technology makes us more human." 

Roger Blumberg teaches a first-year seminar on computers and human values, as well as The Educational Software Seminar at Brown. Before joining Brown's Department of Computer Science, Blumberg was senior hypermedia researcher at the Scholarly Technology Group, the senior fellow in technology and education at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, and a visiting scholar at Brown's Institute for Brain and Neural Systems.