This week’s lectures to cover science and art

Lectures this week will focus on the intersection of ecology and art, as well as the development and dissolution of minority cultures. Tuesday, artist Steve Rowell will share his expertise in land usage and landscape issues. Wednesday, University of Washington professor Luther Adams will lecture on the history of the African-American community in Louisville, Ky. Thursday, Louis Gillette, professor of zoology, will discuss his research on the relationship between pollution and alligators and its implications on humans. That evening, John Gall of Vintage/Anchor Books will discuss his career in designing book covers.

Subject: Steve Rowell

The Basics: Steve Rowell, artist, photographer, and designer of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), will explain various approaches to land use and the utilization of resources and landscape via his recent individual and collaborative projects on land usage. He will also talk about his 18-month research project, the Sonic Boom Archive, which monitored sonic boom events due to military testing in the Mojave Desert.

The lecture is part of the School of Art Lecture Series.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: “Lessons From the Swamp: Contaminants, Alligators, & Your Reproductive Health”

The Basics: Louis Gillette, Jr., professor of zoology at the University of Florida, will discuss the effects of pollutants on the reproduction systems of alligators. Gillette studies the influence of environmental factors on reproduction in vertebrates. In his lecture, Gillette will apply the findings of his research on alligators to speculate on the effects of pollutants on humans’ reproductive systems.

He has studied alligators in Florida for more than 10 years and is internationally renowned for his work in reproductive biology.

The lecture is sponsored by the University Lecture Series.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: “Book Covers Unwrapped”

The Basics: John Gall, vice president and art director of Vintage/Anchor Books, will talk about the process of designing book covers professionally. Gall studied art and design at Rutgers University.

Gall has designed several award-winning covers for Alfred A. Knopf and Grove Press and CD packages for Nonesuch Records. His work was published in Next: The New Generation of Graphic Design. He recently published his own book, Sayonara Home Run!: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card, a collection of Japanese baseball card art.

The lecture is sponsored by the Design Lecture Series.

When: Thursday at 7 p.m.

Where: Breed Hall, Margaret Morrison 103

Title: “Upon This Rock: African American Migration, Urban Renewal and the Struggle for Equality in Louisville, Kentucky”

The Basics: Luther Adams, assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington–Tacoma, will discuss the development of the African-American community in Louisville. Specifically, he will speak about the destruction of the Walnut Street business district, a once-segregated community, as a result of continuous suburbanization and urban renewal. Adams will explain the systematic process by which African-Americans were pushed out of downtown areas and, consequently, the disintegration of the community and struggle for equality.

The lecture is the last in the 2006–2007 Center for African-American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) Lecture Series.

When: Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A53