Robinson Professor Candidates to Give Public Lectures

Posted: February 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Carl Smith of Northwestern University will give the first of two public lectures presented by candidates for a Robinson Professorship this semester. The author of Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman and Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920, Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern. His lecture, “City Water, City Life: The Philadelphia Waterworks and the Vision of the Healthy City in Urbanizing America,” will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Mason Hall, Room D3 and 4, and will be followed by a reception.

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Hugh Gusterson, assistant professor of anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give his lecture, “The Second Nuclear Age,” in the Mason Hall Board Room at 3 p.m. Gusterson received the Levitan Prize for his project, “Labs in Crisis: Nuclear Weapons Scientists After the Cold War” (1994), and was a center fellow at the Harvard Center for Psychological Studies in the Nuclear Age (1988-92).

The first two candidates, Joan Slonczewski, professor of biology at Kenyon College, and Patricia Hill Collins, the Charles Phelps Taft Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, gave lectures in the fall.

Since 1984, a large bequest from the late Clarence J. Robinson has allowed George Mason University to appoint to the faculty distinguished professors in the liberal arts and sciences. Clarence J. Robinson Professors are outstanding scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching and whose teaching and scholarship concern broad and fundamental intellectual issues.

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