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Listen Up: September 3-6

The weather is cooling down, but university events are heating up. Here’s a taste of what the academic scene has to offer in the next week.

WHAT: Modern Critical Theory Lectures, hosted by the Unit for Criticism and Theory (first lecture: Bruce Rosenstock, Religion/Philosophy Departments, on Kant’s thinking)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1092 Lincoln Hall (702 South Wright Street, Urbana)

From the Unit for Criticism and Theory’s website:

Each fall the Unit for Criticism sponsors a series of lectures intended to
introduce graduate students to foundational texts and thinkers of Modern
Critical Theory. These lectures, which usually move from Kant and Hegel to
Queer Theory and Postcolonial Studies, generally take place on Tuesday
evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Lecturers include specialists from on and off
campus. The series is open to all graduate students. Although the series is
associated with for-credit seminars, typically offered through the English
Department and the Program in Comparative and World Literature, the series
itself does not require registration.

WHAT: Little White Houses: Displaying Jewish Identity in the Postwar American Home,” Dianne Harris, Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

WHEN: Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Levis Faculty Center (919 W Illinois Street, Urbana)

WHAT: Film screening, “Zorba the Greek” (1964)

WHEN: Wednesday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (707 S Mathews Avenue, Urbana)

This film is based on the novel of the same name, by Nikos Kazantzakis. An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle-aged Greek with a real lust for life.

WHAT “Separating Hype from Reality: Current Working Strategies for Securing Critical Electrical Energy Systems,” Mark Fabro, President and Chief Security Scientist, Lofty Perch, Inc.

WHEN: Friday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: NCSA Auditorium (1205 W. Clark, Urbana)

From the host department’s website:

As the levels of interest regarding cyber security of the North American bulk power system increases, a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing issues is sometimes impeded to the amount of available industry information. Co-mingling domains of research, private-sector initiatives, and the influence of successes in other infrastructure sectors can complicate otherwise simple security initiatives for electric sector asset owners. An understanding of current activities in these domains and their interdependencies can provide clarity for asset owners in developing their cyber security programs. This short and non-technical discussion will provide insight to some of the more interesting cyber security research impacting the electric sector and discuss its influence on how asset owners are enhancing their security resiliency programs. The session will also look at recent assessment findings and review emerging strategies and compensating controls that have shown great promise. The session will conclude with an overview of current gaps that need to be addressed to ensure today’s research has a positive influence on the cyber security of future bulk power system operations.

We live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Here’s a sampling of the talks and events you can find in the not-so-ivy-covered buildings near you. These events are free and will fill your brain with yummy knowledge (and sometimes will fill your stomach with free eats).

If you have an event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to rebecahpulsifer [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by the Friday prior to the event.

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