Event Archives

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.

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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 …

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USP Seminar Thurs. Nov. 3 with Larry Moneta on “Implementing Recommendations from the Task Force on Hate and Bias”

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for our next USP Seminar with Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs.  Dr. Moneta joined Duke in 2001 after nearly 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was most recently associate vice president for campus services. Moneta has responsibility for a variety of services and programs that support undergraduate, graduate and professional students, including housing, dining, health care, career services, student activities, cultural centers, and event and media services. He has also been recently charged with implementing the recommendations from the Task Force on Hate and Bias, especially of interest given the hate speech found on the East Campus bridge last week.  Moneta holds adjunct faculty appointments at Duke in the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Hart Leadership Program and at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches in the Higher Education Executive Doctorate Program. He has written numerous publications, presents frequently at professional meetings and serves on a number of corporate boards. He received his Ed.D. and B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and his M.Ed. from Springfield College. NOTE:  We will spend the first 30 minutes during dinner discussing possible contributions for the USP “Relativity” symposium.  Grad …

USP First Friday Breakfast November 4

November 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm

Join the University Scholars for November’s First Friday USP Breakfast.  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 Tues. Nov. 15 “Undergraduate Enrichment Presentations”

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for a USP seminar on undergrad enrichment funding opportunities.  Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 11. Undergrads considering applying for USP funding are especially encouraged to attend.  Others are invited to give feedback to the presenters and suggest ideas for the future. NOTE:  We will spend the first 30 minutes during dinner discussing possible contributions for the USP “Relativity” symposium.  Grad Consuls will be there with laptops to sign up to present. Zach Heater (Trinity ’17) is majoring in Classics and minoring in both Religion and History.  Zach spent the summer engaging with Ancient Greek in two different contexts. First, he captured images on Greek inscriptions on a wall at the archaeological site at Delphi for a digital epigraphy lab here at Duke. Second, he spent two weeks with other classicists reading Greek literature and discussing it IN ANCIENT GREEK. Does it sound like a dead language to you?           Greg Lyons (Trinity ’17) is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in philosophy.  Greg spent last summer doing a paid internship with Box.  During his internship, Greg and his team worked on modernizing the software infrastructure that powers Box behind-the-scenes. In addition to learning to navigate a …