The University of Evansville is always striving to extend its educational experience beyond the classroom. As such, the University is proud to present a variety of speaker series for the benefit of its student body and the entire Evansville community. These speaker series include on-campus lectures, such as the Crick Lectures in the Cognitive and Neural Sciences, the Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture Series, and the Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences among others. In addition, the University's Institute Speaker Series has brought in highly regarded individuals like Thomas Friedman, David Sanger, Khaled Hosseini, and others. The goal of all of the University's speaker series is to enhance the academic experience of its students while benefiting the entire Evansville community.
The Secret Life of a Tin City Bead
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
On October of 2017, while excavating near Moore Residence Hall, two archaeology majors at the University of Evansville uncovered a glass bead that was less than one centimeter long. The site at which they were working is the only on-campus, on-going archaeological excavation in the United States. For several years students from the Department of archaeology and art history have been uncovering evidence for College Courts Apartments, student housing built in 1946 for veterans attending Evansville College on the GI Bill and their families. The military-surplus buildings were not as stately as their name implies leading contemporary students to dub the aluminum-clad residences “Tin City.” The university administration tore down the buildings in 1962 to make way for the construction of Moore Residence Hall and Wheeler Auditorium, burying a surprising amount of evidence about evolving attitudes towards gender, class, and childhood in post-war Evansville and America.
Amid the thousands of artifacts students have uncovered, however, that one tiny glass bead stands out. Learn about the circuitous, decades-long journey it took from where it was created in Czechoslovakia to where it was lost, and ultimately found again, by two sharp-eyed UE students.
This virtual event is FREE; donations are gladly accepted.
Alan Kaiser, PhD
Professor of Archaeology, University of Evansville
Alan Kaiser, who earned a Doctor of Philosophy in archaeology from Boston University, specializes in Roman archaeology and the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to site analysis. He has conducted fieldwork at a number of sites in Spain, Italy, Greece, England, and on the Caribbean island of Nevis as well as in the US in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Indiana. Kaiser is the author of three books, The Urban Dialogue: An Analysis of the Use of Space in the Roman City of Empuries, Spain (Archaeopress, 2000), Roman Urban Street Networks (Routledge, 2011), and Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman’s Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them (Rowman and Littlefield).
Professor Kaiser teaches courses in Roman and Etruscan archaeology, as well as courses in Roman history and the Latin language. He has also conducted training excavations in connection with the archaeological field techniques course. The most recent excavation was on the Evansville campus, at the site of the post-WWII "Tin City."
Virtual Lecture Series - Neuroscience of Stress and Resilience During a Covid 19 Holiday Season
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
We look forward to the winter holidays when we gather with friends and family to reflect on the year and share the joy of the season. This is also a time that can be very stressful! All of the planning, negotiations, family disagreements, and loss of loved ones can make this season of joy quickly turn to a season of anxiety and stress. This year is bringing a new challenge to the holiday season, COVID-19.
Presented by Dr. Lora Becker, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program, University of Evansville
She earned her MA in Psychobiology in 1995 and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2022. She teaches a variety of neuroscience topics at UE including Sensation and Perception, Neuropharmacology, Neuropsychology, and a variety of special topics courses including Neuromechanisms of Stress and Resilience. Dr. Becker has published primary research in the areas of stress response and developmental effects of phytoestrogens. Her neuromarketing work has benefited several local Evansville companies. She has been recognized at UE with the 2017 Eykamp Prize, the 2009 Dean's Teaching award and the 2002 Dean's Student Advising award. Dr. Becker serves on the executive committee for several national neuroscience organizations, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience and Nu Rho Psi, the honor society for neuroscience. She is the President-Elect for the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest, largest, and most selective academic honor society.
This virtual event is free and donations are gladly accepted.