3 Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This November

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Bad news, brainiacs, sugar highs don't count as intellectual stimuli. So drop your Halloween loot and pick up a pencil. Here are three lectures that'll give your IQ a bump this month.

"Mars on a one-way ticket" @ ASU's Murdock Hall
If Paul Davies suggests that you take a one-way ticket to Mars, know that he's not dishing out a dorky diss. It's part of the cosmologist, physicist, and astrobiologist's plan for Earthlings to colonize the red planet. Really.

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Davies will outline his Mars plan during his talk "Mars on a one-way ticket" starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. After he explains how humanoids will populate the Martian habitat (and what that would mean for Earth), artist-scientist Angelo Vermeulen will talk about his experience living in a Mars simulation crew commander of HI-SEAS, a NASA-funded project aimed at bettering space food.

The far-out talks take place in Murdock Lecture Hall 101 on the ASU Tempe campus. RSVP via beyond.asu.edu or by calling 480-965-3240.

"Diversity in Jewish Music of Eastern Europe" @ Musical Instrument Museum
Musical Instrument Museum curator Kathleen Wiens specializes in ethnomusicology, and she has worked to digitize rare recordings of Jewish singers from the Balkans. She'll discuss obscure Jewish music from Eastern Europe from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at MIM. Specifically, Wiens will go in-depth with ritual and celebration music. Admission to the lecture is free with museum admission ($18 for adults). To only attend the lecture costs $7.

"How to Visit the Museum" @ Phoenix Art Museum
Look, we're no Emily Post. But chances are good you're doing a few things wrong. Waiting too long to send thank-you notes, saying congrats when you mean best wishes, and, real talk, you've never really known what you're doing bopping around a museum.

Good news for you: Phoenix Art Museum will host an interactive lecture that addresses such fine art basics as how to maneuver through galleries properly and how to look at art. Staffers lead the tour-talk, which begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Admission is $15 for adults.

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Location Info


Murdock Hall

450 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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4th Annual ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Symposium

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
ASU Tempe Campus, Memorial Union - Ventana Ballroom

4th Annual Lincoln Ethics Symposium : "Are We Smart Enough To Save Ourselves? Are We Kind Enough To Save Each Other?"


  • Daniel Rothenberg, Lincoln Fellow of Ethics & International Human RIghts Law: “Is Your Cell Phone Linked To Atrocities in Africa?”
  • LaDawn Haglund, Lincoln Fellow for Human Rights & Sustainability: “How Well Do We Take Care Of Ourselves and Each Other, Really?”
  • Amy Landis, Lincoln Fellow for Sustainable Development & Ethics: “Who’s Truly Green and Who’s Greenwashing?”
  • Braden Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering & Ethics:  “In Praise of Conflict”

Master of Ceremonies: Jason Scott Robert, Ph.D, Interim Director, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

Closing Remarks: Lincoln Family, Founders Lincoln Center

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but with limited seating and priority to students. Download full program here

RSVP details here: https://lincolncenter.asu.edu/events/4th-annual-lincoln-ethics-symposium

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