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Wed April 2, 2014
  • Alan Rabinowitz: "Saving the World's Big Cats for the Future"

    7:30 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    A profound stutter left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate as a child, and to prefer animals to people. Now CEO of the global wild cat conservation group Panthera, he has extraordinary insight into both wildlife and the human condition. Called the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Ecology” by Time magazine, Rabinowitz holds a doctorate in the field and has dedicated his life to preserving wild habitats and securing homes for endangered mammals. His work with heads of state helped establish the world's first jaguar preserve in Belize, the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar, and the Jaguar Corridor from Mexico to Argentina. In this lecture, sponsored by the Biology Department's senior capstone series, the Speaker's Bureau, and Animal Alliance, Rabinowitz will discuss his remarkable career and explain why it’s essential to save wildlife.

Thu April 3, 2014
  • Steve Stern Reading

    8 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    Steve Stern, professor of English at Skidmore, will read selections of his fiction. Winner of the O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes , he is the author of many stories and novels, including The Book of Mischief, named one of the 100 most notable books of 2012 by the New York Times.

Sat April 5, 2014
  • Saratoga Reads: "An Evening with Khaled Hosseini"

    7 p.m.
    Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall
    (sold out, but free seating is available for the simulcast in Gannet, Davis, and Emerson auditoriums, Palamountain Hall)

    The celebrated author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed will participate in a discussion moderated by Joe Donahue of WAMC radio's “Book Show” and “Roundtable.” Sponsors include Saratoga Reads, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Skidmore Student Speakers Bureau, and Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Mon April 7, 2014
  • Rami Zurayk: "Implications of the ‘Arab Spring’"

    6:30 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    Agronomist, scholar, and activist Rami Zurayk will speak about the Mideast and North African uprisings and revolutions that began in spring 2010. He will discuss declining Arab agricultural sector, the problem of food insecurity, and the plight of the Arab small farmer, with a particular focus on Palestine. Cosponsored by the Government and International Affairs Departments.

Tue April 8, 2014
  • Brainard Carey: The Art World Demystified

    6 p.m.
    Filene Recital Hall

    The author of Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money, Brainard Carey urges artists to bypass the traditional gallery system for less conventional methods of getting their art to market. In this talk sponsored by the Arts Administration Program, Carey will describe the burgeoning DIY movement among artists. He’ll ask, “What if you could create a way of working with money that was as creative as making art?” He’ll then examine some of the creative ways that artists have sold their work and managed their careers on their on terms.

Wed April 9, 2014
  • Arun Chaudhary: "Behind-the-Camera at the White House"

    7 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    Arun Chaudhary was the first official White House videographer, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Chaudhary travelled extensively with the president, capturing public events and behind-the-scenes moments and producing presidential tapings for the Internet and television. Introducing Chaudhary will be history professor Tillman Nechtman, chair of the working group that is developing Skidmore’s Documentary Studies Collaborative. Chaudhary's talk is sponsored by the Student Speakers Bureau.

Thu April 10, 2014
  • Ann Rosalind Jones: "Terrifying Strangers: The New World ‘Other’ in Renaissance Costume Books"

    5:30 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    The Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, Ann Rosalind Jones reads clothes “as a material language.” In Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory, she examinesd portraits, spinning, embroidery, armor, and literary texts to “analyze the links between what people in early modern Europe wore and who they believed they were.” In this lecture sponsored by the Art History Department, she’ll discuss her current study of the Renaissance-era French and Italian illustrated costume books, drawing on anthropology and material culture to explore European imagery of New World peoples.

  • Megan McArdle: "The Up Side of Down"

    8 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    A Washington-based journalist who writes about economics, business, and public policy, Megan McArdle is the author of The Up Side of Down. Drawing on interviews, academic research, and her own experience with catastrophic life events, she’ll discuss why failure is an inevitable- and beneficial - part of life, and how to make failure a learning experience instead of a catastrophe. (Carr Distinguished Interdisciplinary Lecture)

Tue April 15, 2014
  • David Balter ’93: "Innovating on the Web and in Business"

    7 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    Few Skidmore alumni have navigated the emerging world of social media with greater success than David Balter ’93, who in 2004 made the cover of the New York Times Magazine for his launch of BzzAgent, his pathbreaking social-marketing firm.

    Balter is now executive chair of BzzAgent as well as a member of the global executive team and global head of investments for Dunnhumby, a top “customer science” firm, to which he sold BzzAgent in 2011. A cofounder of the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association, Balter also is CEO of Smarterer, a venture-backed startup that assesses digital, social and technical skills.

    In this dialogue with Catherine Hill, Skidmore's F. William Harder Professor of Business Administration, Balter will share his perspective on the ever-shifting landscape of our virtual world and describe the wealth of opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs, marketers, interactive designers, and content creators.

    Connecting with people and their favorite brands since 2001, BzzAgent remains the nation's leading social marketing company. It puts products in the hands of hundreds of thousands of everyday consumers and helps them share their opinions of them with their friends and family via reviews, Facebook posts, photos and videos, blog posts, and more. Founded in 2010, the Google-backed Smarterer uses crowd-sourcing to help large enterprises create skill inventories; its technology can validate anyone's skill in just about any area in 10 questions, 120 seconds.

Mon April 21, 2014
  • Espen Hammer: "Temporality and the Culture of Modernity"

    6 p.m.
    Ladd Hall, Room 307

    A professor at Temple University, Espen Hammer specializes in post-Kantian European philosophy, especially ethics and politics. In this lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, he will offer an account of how the classical linear temporality of progressive modernity came to be forcibly severed from its basis in nature. His argues that postmodern culture desperately needs to retrieve elements of the modern experience of temporality, subjectivity, and its spaces for the exercise of ethical and political responsibility.

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