Week 15: April 16 – 22

Scholars Forum presents Bruce Claxton: User-Centered Design Thinking

Witherspoon Campus Cinema

Monday, April 16

3:00 PM

Bruce Claxton will address Design Thinking approaches with examples from his 30+ years as the Senior Director of Design Integration at Motorola Solutions. He drove a transformation of this industry leader from technology first to end-user first that is design centric at its core.
During this hour, Bruce will focus on design thinking models centered on value-added breakthroughs. Collaboration across design, engineering, psychology, anthropology is at the core of the toolsets that will be discussed. He will refer to these experiences/ case studies from his multi-disciplinary team. Counter-intuitive thinking and user-centered thinking is at the core of this value-added approach to business. His talk is highly visual and draws from his experience as a design leader.


How to Repay Your Student Loans

Room 3210, Talley Student Union
Monday, April 16
5:00 PM
As part of Financial Literacy Month, Michelle Thompson, Senior Associate Director of The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, will take the mystery out of how to repay your student loans. She will cover loan forgiveness, repayment plans, how to make payments and what to do if you cannot afford your payments. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Kelsey Shevlin.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind – A Discussion on blindness

Room 201, Witherspoon Student Center
Monday, April 16
5:00 PM
Come learn about blindness, accessibility, and equal access education from a lineup of blind & disabled speakers and educators, as well as a panel of blind students. We’ll be talking about everything from service animals to Braille to misconceptions about blindness & disabilities. We will also be answering audience questions, and we will also be hosting optional demos of assistive technology for a little while after the panel is over. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Graham Whitehouse.

Save Your Green by Going Green

Room 3222, Talley Student Union
Tuesday, April 17
12:00 PM
Going green is good for the planet and can also be good for your wallet. The University Sustainability Office shares tips on sustainable actions that can save you money! This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas.

Face-to-Face Digital Games with Kaho Abe NEW!

D. H. Hill Library, Auditorium
Tuesday, April 17
4:00 PM
Kaho Abe is a game designer and media artist based in New York City interested in improving social and personal experiences through the use of technology, fashion and games. She designs games and builds custom controllers with the hope to bring people together in new ways, face to face, in public spaces. Kaho will be discussing her practice and what the future may hold for digital games. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Marian Fragola.

Scholars Council Presents: ASL Session

Room 1140, Nelson Hall
Tuesday, April 17
5:00 PM
Learn about American Sign Language, what it is, some of its history, as well as an introduction to its everyday vocabulary! There are 13 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by a member of Scholars Council.

Creative Code: An Exhibition

Teaching & Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Tuesday, April 17
6:00 PM
Students in the Creative Coding Collective at NC State will be showcasing selected pieces they have coded this semester that include digital imagery, animated graphics, music compositions, and virtual reality experiences. Each creator will present their piece and provide background on their motivation and methods. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Marian Fragola.

The Demons in my Sleep: Sexual Assault, The DREAM Act, and Uncertainty

Room 4140, Talley Student Union
Tuesday, April 17
6:30 PM
Pierre Berastain is an undocumented, DACA recipient who’s lived in the United States for twenty years. His family left Peru after socio-political instability due to armed conflict and settled in Dallas, TX before he moved to Boston to attend Harvard University for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is also a sexual assault survivor and a national expert on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. His lecture–The Demons in my Sleep: Sexual Assault, the DREAM Act, and Uncertainty—will focus on the intersection of culture, experiences of violence, and his current status as an undocumented, DACA immigrant. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Jamal Alexander.

NCSU Libraries presents: A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet

Hunt Library Auditorium
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM
Larry Levis has ultimately become one of America’s essential poets, as his work has continued to grow in popularity and influence among a broad range of readers and writers. Featuring an original score by the well-known singer/songwriter Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, A Late Style of Fire, celebrates the story of a flawed yet immensely talented writer, capturing the risks and triumphs of a life devoted to making powerfully memorable art. Co-presented by the MFA in Creative Writing and the NCSU Libraries. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Marian Fragola.

The Third Gender: A Discussion on Gender in Mesoamerican Indigenous Communities

Room 3221, Talley Student Union
Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM
In multiple cultures throughout the world, there exists a concept of the Third Gender. It is meant to represent people who do not necessarily fit in the norms and ideals of a male or female. These members are held at higher regards, and to some extent, are considered holy. This program is meant to educate on this idea of a third gender to promote awareness and acceptance for people who do not fit in the female/male dichotomy. After this program, students will have a better cross-cultural perspective on what it means to be a third gender and how it applies to today’s society. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Rachel Finkelstein.

NC State LIVE presents: LA Theatre Works – The Mountaintop

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Tuesday, April 17
7:15 PM
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls radio-theatre artists L.A. Theatre Works, “a national theatrical treasure.” With Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play, they give us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. in the hours after his famed final speech. There are 21 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Alex Hsain. Please note: The performance will begin at 8:00 PM in Stewart Theatre.

University Scholars Program Book Club: Salvage the Bones

Sullivan Hall Classroom (Behind the mailboxes)
Wednesday, April 18
6:00 PM
A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart–motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce–pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.
Interested in reading this book and signing up for this event? If so, please stop by the USP Office [102 Sullivan Hall] to pick up a copy of this book and sign-up with Ken Johnson (kejohns2@ncsu.edu; 513-2449) as soon as you can. Attendance will be taken by filling out a USP Attendance Card which will be distributed at the beginning and collected at the end of the event

Defining Inspirations Artists Talk

Gregg Museum
Thursday, April 19
12:00 PM
NC State’s Art2Wear presents wearable art inspired by the Gregg Museum’s collection, with Project Runway designers Dom Streater, Mondo Guerra, and Justin LeBlanc. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Andrew Kristof.

*Prairie Ridge Ecostation: Guided Prairie Walk

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, April 19
2:15 PM
Prairie Ridge is a 45-acre reserve that includes Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape. We’ll tour the reserve and learn about the natural history of the Piedmont and the plants and animals that make this landscape unique. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Kiera JonsonPlease note: The event will begin at 3:00 PM at Prairie Ridge.

Undergraduate Research Slam

Fishbowl Forum, DH Hill Library
Thursday, April 19
4:00 PM
NC State undergraduate students will present lightening talks on their exciting research and projects. You’ll be impressed by what these undergraduate scholars are accomplishing. The program will be followed by refreshments. Co-presented by the NCSU Libraries, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Undergraduate Research Student Advisory Council. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Marian Fragola.

Koh Lecture: Andrew Belmonte on Games, Decisions, Evolution, and Chance

Room 2203, SAS Hall
Thursday, April 19
4:30 PM
Andrew Belmonte will examine how humans play games. Sometimes we roll the dice or buy lottery tickets — sometimes we play chess or mind games of manipulation. History gives us two examples of the development of new mathematical ideas and directions from our playful habits: games of chance, which led to the formulation of probability theory, and games of strategy, which led to game theory.
Belmonte will discuss how these two theories come together to provide a mathematical approach to conflict and other interactions for populations in biology, economics and other situations where simple optimization does not explain what we see. Along the way, we will grapple with the challenges of cancer and the dynamics of social media.  This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Ali Davis.

2D Layer

Room 210, Park Shops
Thursday, April 19
5:00 PM
Come listen to William Douglas talk about the startup out of NC State’s MSE Department, 2D Layer. Some projects they are working on include atomically-thin semiconducting materials that will provide the foundation for next-generation microelectronics, synthesizing wafer-scale materials for industry to push the application of their materials beyond a research level, and replacing silicon-based computing on a global scale. William will talk about these projects as well as his own journey in becoming a part of the company, from his background as a textile engineering student here at State to teaching himself about solid-state physics and being hired. This will be a talk about emerging technologies and professional growth, and there will be time for questions at the end.  This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Alex Hsain.

Thomas Jefferson Scholars Lecture: Andy Curliss – The Fact of the Matter

Room 301, Riddick Hall
Thursday, April 19
6:00 PM
Andy Curliss, CEO of the NC Pork Council will give a talk entitled The Fact of the Matter: How Anti-Agriculture Advocacy Can Obscure the Truth.  This event requires advance registration. Seating may be limited. Attendance will be taken by Anna Stewart.

NCSU Music presents: Jazz Ensemble II

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, April 19
6:15 PM
Enjoy a performance by NC State’s Jazz Ensemble II. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Anna Wojciechowski. Please note: The event will begin at 7:00 PM in Stewart Theatre.

University Theatre presents: Harvey

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, April 19
6:45 PM
In this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, Elwood Dowd introduces Harvey, a six-foot three-and-a-half-inch tall invisible rabbit, to everyone he meets. Finding Elwood’s erratic behavior increasingly embarrassing, his social-climbing sister Veta decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. A comedy of errors ensues when a very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead. When the truth comes out, the search begins for Elwood and his best “pooka” friend, Harvey! There are 11 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas. Please note: The performance will begin at 7:30 PM.

Engineers Without Borders International Development Panel NEW!

Room 4101, Talley Student Union
Thursday, April 19
7:00 PM
Engineers Without Borders, NCSU is hosting their final general body meeting of the semester, open to all students! Hear from a panel of three awesome professors – Dr. Andrew Grieshop, Dr. Josh Kearns, and Dr. Veronica Augustyn – who have done extensive research and field work to improve the lives of people across the globe, from India to Uganda. This will be an interactive panel, so bring any questions you have about their field research or international development. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Caitlin Cassidy.

ASCII Poetry NEW!

Teaching & Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Thursday, April 19
7:00 PM
Behind every letter of every word you tweet, every text you text, and everything you type on any computer, is a number. That number is part of the modern version of a code known as ASCII, a code that traces its origin all the way back to the telegraph. As a way to celebrate this unappreciated workhorse during National Poetry Month, artist and Senior Editor of Jalopnik Jason Torchinsky is working with poets and musicians on a project where every letter of a poem is translated to its ASCII value and then turned into a musical tone on an old ‘70s/’80s-era Apple II.
Jason will talk about the history of ASCII, and the poets and musicians will present their compositions: poems who’s ASCII codes will be turned into music, of a sort. This will be weird. But fun. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Marian Fragola.

Scholars Council Presents: North Carolina Zoo

Room 1140, Nelson Hall
Friday, April 20
8:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Have you had the opportunity visit the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro? Join a group of University Scholars as we explore the zoo together. This will be a full day event. There are 10 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by a member of Scholars Council.

Coffee & Viz – Tropical Forest Conservation: The View from 700 Kilometers

Teaching & Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Friday, April 20
9:30 AM
Tropical deforestation is the second largest contributor of greenhouse emissions and has important impacts on global climate, biodiversity, and human well-being. Strategies for preserving tropical forests range from local-scale interventions, such as the establishment of protected areas, to national- and larger-scale economic (dis)incentives. New methods using time series of remotely sensed images allow us to map land-use change and evaluate the effectiveness of these various strategies. In this talk, Dr. Joshua Gray will show how this approach was applied to assess the impact of logging concessions in Indonesia. This event does not require advance registration. Seating may be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Attendance will be taken by Ali Davis.

NCSU Music presents: Grains of Time

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Friday, April 20
6:15 PM
Enjoy a performance by NC State’s acapella group, Grains of Time. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Kiera Jonson. Please note: The event will begin at 7:00 PM in Stewart Theatre.

NCSU Music presents: Wolfgang A Cappella

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Saturday, April 21
6:15 PM
Enjoy a performance by NC State’s co-ed acapella group, Wolfgang A Cappella. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Jamal Alexander. Please note: The event will begin at 7:00 PM in Stewart Theatre.

University Theatre presents: Harvey

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Saturday, April 21
6:45 PM
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Elwood Dowd introduces Harvey, a six-foot three-and-a-half-inch tall invisible rabbit, to everyone he meets. Finding Elwood’s erratic behavior increasingly embarrassing, his social-climbing sister Veta decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. A comedy of errors ensues when a very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead. When the truth comes out, the search begins for Elwood and his best “pooka” friend, Harvey! There are 11 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Bryana Polk. Please note: The performance will begin at 7:30 PM.

NCSU Music presents: Raleigh Civic Symphony

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Sunday, April 22
3:15 PM
Enjoy a performance by the Raleigh Civic Symphony. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Justin Kuhn. Please note: The event will begin at 4:00 PM in Stewart Theatre.