Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series

The Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, is presented by award-winning faculty with artistic, scholarly, or innovative achievements. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend, as well as members of the community.

Please see below for the Fall 2019 schedule. Lecture abstracts will be posted as they are received from presenters.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 4 – 5 pm | Drinko Library 402

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Wilson, Professor in the Physics Department and recipient of the 2018-2019 Marshall University Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award (Senior Recipient for Sciences & Technology)

Lecture Title:  Serendipitous Discovery of a "Terahertz Acoustic Phonon Phase-Conjugate Oscillator" with Potential Quantum Computing Applications

Lecture Abstract:  Award-winning Dr. Thomas Wilson, Professor of Physics, will describe how the four-wave mixing, within a cryogenically-cooled nano-layered charge structure (a nipi doping superlattice) in crystalline silicon, of two terahertz optical, and two ("phase-conjugated") terahertz acoustic waves, has surprisingly lead to observations, in S154, of a self-starting, mirrorless, acoustic parametric oscillator (APO). The APO is in effect a sound laser or "saser". A new approach for quantum memory might be realised using two-pulse "phonon echoes" produced by saser radiation in the two-level boron-doped silicon within the superlattice. His incipient idea for a research proposal, borrowed from studies using two pulse "photon echoes", is based on the coherent transient interaction between sound, instead of light, and the ions in a semiconductor.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 4 – 5 pm| Drinko Library 402

Presenter:  Dr. Slav Gratchev, Associate Professor in the Spanish Department and recipient of the 2018-2019 Marshall University Distinguished Artists & Scholars Award (Senior Recipient for Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business)

       Lecture Title:  In His Own Words: Meet Mikhail Bakhtin One Hundred Years Later

Lecture Abstract:  Who was Mikhail Bakhtin and what was his legacy? A renowned Russian philosopher and literary critic who wrote in many disciplines, Bakhtin rose to fame after his death. Because he was not interested in writing a memoir, in spite of receiving encouragement to do so, we previously knew few details of his professional life. That began to change in 1973 when Viktor Duvakin taped six interviews (over twelve hours) with Mikhail Bakhtin. These interviews, recently translated and annotated by Dr. Slav Gratchev (Marshall University) and colleague Dr. Margarita Marinova (Christopher Newport University), serve as the "primary source of Bakhtin’s personal views: on formative moments in his education and exile; his reaction to the Revolution; and, his impressions of political, intellectual, and theatrical figures during the first two decades of the twentieth century." Through these interviews, we are introduced to a "fuller, more flexible" Bakhtin – a man with a deep passion for poetry and music. Furthermore, his ideas and observations increase our understanding of the context of one of the most important historical events of the 20th century – the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 4 – 5 pm | Drinko Library 402

Presenter:  Dr. April Fugett, Professor in the Psychology Department and recipient of the 2018-2019 Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award

Lecture Title: The Language of Turning Frustration Into Beauty

Lecture Abstract: An all too common theme on campuses nationwide is the need to do more with less. Lower enrollments, reductions in funding, hiring freezes and cuts, rising student loan debt, and a myriad of other issues seem to permeate the language and the atmosphere of a once pristine ivory tower. There is little denying the impact that these components are having on higher education, and unfortunately that means that many of the beautiful things that so many of us love about being in academia are being forgotten or missed in our rush to fill the holes and to do more with less. We forget that we have the ability to choose what we research when we hear “publish or perish”, we see service to committees that make little progress as time consuming rather than as an opportunity to have a voice, we see assessment and learning objectives as a constriction on academic freedom rather than as a license to be creative, and we see our students asking for an extension as laziness when we should feel honored that the single mother of two working a full time job cares enough about our classes to be brave enough to come to office hours and ask. In this presentation, Dr. Fugett will discuss how language shifts can help us cognitively reframe some of our negative experiences to find the beauty and the opportunities in them.


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