Biologist and filmmaker to lecture this week

Lectures will run the gamut this week as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh welcome guest lecturers in science, history, and the arts. Dr. John Myers will speak about endocrine disruption research this afternoon. Tuesday brings filmmaker Sadie Benning as well as Soviet historian Marko Dumancic. On Thursday, James E. Clingman will share his knowledge of African-American entrepreneurship.

Title: “A Revolution In Environmental Health Sciences: New Opportunities to Prevent Genetic Diseases”

The Basics: Dr. John Peterson Myers, founder and CEO of Environmental Health Services and author of Our Stolen Future, will speak about new research concerning environmental factors that may be the cause of certain genetic diseases, with emphasis on fetal origins of adult disease and transgenerational impacts on disease. He will also explain the potential effects of the research on current exposure standards, which he believes are too weak to protect public health.

The lecture is the first in an environmental lecture series titled “Endocrine Disruption: Extending Rachel Carson’s Legacy,” in which noted experts will speak about endocrine disruption and its causes.

The lecture is sponsored by the University Lecture Series and the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science.

When: Today at 5:00 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, BH 136A

Title: School of Art Lecture Series: Sadie Benning

The Basics: The School of Art presents Sadie Benning, who will discuss her work as a filmmaker. Benning’s videos have been exhibited in museums around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Walker Arts Center. A filmmaker since age 15, Benning is also a photographer and a co-founder of music group Le Tigre. Her first full-scale museum exhibition is currently on display at the Wexner Center for Arts.

When: Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: “A Recipe for Destroying a Civilization: How On-Screen Masculinity Reshaped the Stalinist Social Order”

The Basics: Marko Dumancic will share his assessment of on-screen masculinity in the post-Stalin period in the Soviet Union. He is completing a dissertation titled “Thawing Soviet Masculinity: The Contested Masculine Archetype in Soviet Mass Culture, 1956–1968” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies.

When: Tuesday at noon

Where: Posvar Hall 4217, University of Pittsburgh

Title: “The History of Black Entrepreneurship”

The Basics: James E. Clingman will share his perspective on the history of African-Americans’ participation in the U.S. business world. Clingman is one of the foremost promoters of economic freedom for African-Americans, having written five books and a nationally syndicated newspaper column on the topic.

The lecture will be presented by the Tepper Black Business Association.

When: Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rachel Mellon Walton Auditorium, Tepper School of Business