Lecture Preview

Title: “Welcome Charlie Batch”

The Basics: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch will be coming to campus in a free lecture for all Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff to speak about his experiences in the NFL, in addition to his Best of the Batch Foundation. Best of the Batch began in 2000 and was originally started to give back to inner-city children in Detroit. However, the organization’s focus has shifted, and it now is geared toward underprivileged youths and their families in Homestead, Pa. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session.

The lecture is presented by the department of athletics and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Skibo Gym

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Title: “What is Open Access to Research?”

The Basics: Peter Suber, a research professor of philosophy at Earlham College and a senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, will discuss the complications of open access via webcast — which allows users to view scholarly and scientific works through online streaming. Also the Open Access Project director at Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C. advocacy group, Suber will speak about the consequences of open access, which is already transforming science and scholarship. The lecture is presented as part of the “Author’s Rights and Wrongs” series.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: School of Design Lecture — Joe Meersman

The Basics: Joe Meersman, a member of the Consumer Experience Design group at Motorola, will be discussing the role of design research in product development, along with his personal experiences as a consultant with Herman Miller and other Chicago-based design firms. He will talk about how he took his undergraduate training at the University of Illinois and used it to transition into a role of articulator and strategist.

When: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: “Orville M. Winsand Lecture for Critical Studies in Art”

The Basics: Lecturing for the School of Art, Caroline Jones is the director of the history, theory, and criticism program in MIT’s architecture department. She has written and edited a number of books, worked in museum administration and exhibition curation, completed two documentary films, and had exhibitions and documentaries shown at a number of venues. She is currently involved in research about modern and contemporary art, with a focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Kresge Theater

Title: Carnegie Library Lecture Series — David Weisner

The Basics: Author David Weisner credits his hometown of Bridgewater, N.J. for sparking his creative and fantastical thinking. Weisner is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning picture books, his most recent being Flotsam, a story about a journey through the ocean’s depths. He was recently named the winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal, becoming the second person to receive the award three times. Weisner’s work has been on The New York Times bestseller list.

When: Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Carnegie Library Lecture Hall