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USP Seminar Weds. Sept. 21 with Prof. Kristin Goss on “Guns, Gender, and Giving: Politics, Policy-Making, and Philanthropy”

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Professor Kristin Goss is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Director of the “Duke in DC” semester-in-Washington program through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  Her work focuses on how everyday Americans’ participate in public life and why it matters. Professor Goss describes her work on her website as follows: “I think, teach, and talk about guns, gender, and giving. Each of these topics illuminates a different aspect of democratic engagement – or non-engagement – in contemporary America. These topics and the larger questions they raise have fascinated me since my days as a reporter covering the intersection of civil society and public policy for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.” For more on Professor Goss teaching, research, and role as public intellectual, visit her website at http://kristingoss.com/

USP Seminar Tues. Oct. 4 “The Wandering Path: Perspectives on Changing Directions in College, Grad School, and Beyond”

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Feeling pressure by friends, family to follow the pre-professional path but your heart is not in it?  Thinking about grad school?  Considering taking a gap year (or two or three) after college?  Discovering a new hitherto unconsidered intellectual pursuit that’s taking you off the beaten path?  Unsure what your path is and how to even get there? Then, please join us for our next USP Seminar, USP Seminar Tues. Oct. 4 “The Wandering Path: Perspectives on Changing Directions in College, Grad School, and Beyond”  in room 240 John Hope Franklin Center. We’ll have a panel of graduate and professional school Unis sharing their stories about their own “wandering paths,” the detours they’ve encountered, the bumps they’ve navigated, the perspectives and resilience they’ve developed along the way to get to where they are now – which is just another point along the road.  Panelists may include: Aimee Chabot, PhD candidate, Fuqua School of Business Thomas Corson, PA candidate, School of Medicine Tina Davidson, PhD candidate, History Lydia Greene, PhD candidate, Ecology Kevin Kiley, PhD candidate, Sociology Hannah Ridge, PhD candidate, Political Science Kavya Sekar, MPP candidate, Sanford School of Public Policy Meg Shea, PhD candidate, Physics Brian Smithson, PhD candidate, Cultural Anthropology Nathan …

USP First Friday Breakfast October 7

October 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Come celebrate Fall Break at the first USP Breakfast of the fall semester.  USP Breakfasts will be on the first Friday of each month.  Come stop by the Edge Kitchen (aka Lounge) in Bostock Library to grab some fruit, a donut, and say hello or hang out with fellow Unis for longer to talk about anything ranging from the (seemingly) mundane to the esoteric.


USP Seminar with Dr. Arya Roy: “Einstein’s Special and General Relativity: Introduction to Spacetime and Gravitation”

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for our next USP Seminar with Prof. Arya Roy on “Einstein’s Special and General Relativity: Introduction to Spacetime and Gravitation – Blending and Bending Space and Time.” Professor Roy was trained as a theoretical physicist — a string theorist to be more precise– but ended up getting a Ph.D in pure mathematics (Algebraic Geometry) from Duke in 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Presidency College in India. His interests lie in the intersection of pure mathematics and theoretical physics, more specifically in how geometry is used in studying fundamental physics. Professor Arya Roy consistently receives glowing reviews on “Rate My Professor” for his ability to make difficult concepts in physics and mathematics easy to understand.  His accessibly and charismatic personality augment his passion for physics and math and ignite enthusiasm in his students.  As the University Scholars have chosen the topic of “Relativity” for our annual spring symposium, what better opportunity to learn about what relativity means in physics, especially for those outside the field, than to hear it explained by one of Duke’s outstanding teachers.  As one student described him:  “He is the only professor I can think of who can incorporate Plato’s Republic with …

USP Undergraduate Assembly @ GA Down Under

August 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

New and returning undergraduate University Scholars come together to build community through strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones.  Saturday, August 27, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm in Gilbert-Addoms Down Under.

USP First-Year Undergrad Breakfast @ East Campus Marketplace

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

First year undergraduate University Scholars are invited to join the Director of the University Scholars Program, Victoria Lodewick, for an informal welcome breakfast at the East Campus Marketplace on Wednesday, August 25th at 9:00 am.

USP Fall Retreat 2016 @ Camp Chestnut Ridge

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - September 3 @ 5:00 pm

USP 2016 Fall Retreat Schedule Friday, September 2, 2016 5:00 – 5:15pm      Meet at Smith Warehouse Bus Stop, 114 S. Buchanan Street 5:30 – 6:15pm    Bus trip to Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC 6:30 – 7:30pm     Dinner and Get to Know Each Other – Morris Center 7:30 – 8:30pm    “Introduction to the USP: What Does It Mean to Be a Uni?”– Morris Center  (introduction by Director, Victoria A. Lodewick, followed by Q&A) What is the University Scholars Program?  || Mentoring  || USP Seminars & Breakfasts  || USP Symposia 8:30 – 9:30pm     Fun and Games – Pub-style trivia quiz 9:30 – 11:30pm    Smores and campfire and/or other games following in Morris Center Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:00 – 8:50am        Breakfast – Morris Center 9:00 – 9:15pm    Group Photo in Front of Lake 9:15am – 10:45am    Discussion (moderated by Tori and Grad Mentors) – Morris Center USP Spring Symposium, “Relativity” 10:45am–12:00pm    FREE TIME (yoga, hike, games at Morris Center, lawn games, study, nap, hang out) 12:00pm-12:30pm    CHECK OUT OF ROOMS (pack up and leave stuff in outdoor shelter) 12:30 – 1:30pm    Lunch – Morris Center 1:30 – 2:15pm    Mentoring in the USP Mentor pairs meet, get to know …