Week 2: January 15 – 21

Monday, January 15

Scholars Forum CANCELED for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Please attend the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity event on Tuesday, January 16 instead.


Genetic Engineering and Society Colloquium
Mike Jones: Surveying Americans About Gene Drives in Agriculture

Room 129, 1911 Building
Tuesday, January 16
12:00 PM
The GES Center provides mechanisms for discussion and rigorous, trustworthy analyses about how products of genetic engineering and synthetic biology may impact society and the environment. The GES Colloquiums provide campus members an opportunity to hear about a variety of topics related to genetic engineering from experts in the field. 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.

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Lecture Benjamin Jealous: The Forgotten Origins of Consequences of Race in America

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Tuesday, January 16
3:00 PM
Renowned activist, civil rights leader and community organizer, Benjamin Jealous outlines what it will take to secure true equality for all Americans and to empower the next generation to lead toward a better future.
The former president and CEO of the NAACP, Benjamin served as the youngest president in its history. Under his leadership and through various initiatives, he led the association to become the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, as well as the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Now affiliated with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, Benjamin continues to further the goal of growing opportunities for minorities in the tech economy.
During his dynamic and rousing speeches, Benjamin exposes the ways in which our country’s history of racial inequality continues, offering a powerful and empowering narrative that encourages individuals to contribute to making lasting change. Drawing from real-life stories from his efforts and the struggles of others, he rallies audiences to continue working for progress. 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 Anna Wojciechowski.

USP Discussion Series: In the Headlines

Sullivan Hall Classroom
Wednesday, January 17
12:25 PM
Join your fellow Scholars for a 50-minute discussion of local, national and international events. Free copies of the New York Times will be distributed. There are 18 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Ken Johnson.

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Darius Simpson Poetry Workshop

Room 4280, Talley Student Union
Wednesday, January 17
4:00 PM
Join us for a writing workshop by Darius Simpson. Darius is an African American writer, performing artist and activist born in Akron, Ohio. Using poetry as a tool of healing, informing and challenging his listeners, he creatively produces work on a wide variety of subjects. Darius aims to leave the listener and reader in a place better equipped to leave the world more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it. Through poetry, Darius hopes to inspire others into their individual creative expression as a tool for healing and social change. There are 9 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas.

Visual Arts Exchange Exhibit: Serving Life

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Wednesday, January 17
5:15 PM
The Visual Arts Exchange (VAE) is a hub for a diverse network of artists, a venue for artists to advance their careers, and a voice to influence positive change for the creative community. It also happens to be one of Raleigh’s hippest art spaces! Join the staff for a look at the current exhibit, Serving Life, which features works made by men serving life sentences in Central Prison. In partnership with Hidden Voices, we will also have the opportunity to meet with some of the artists and the curator as a part of this experience. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Chester Brewer.

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Performance Darius Simpson Poetry Performance

Currituck-Hatteras Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Wednesday, January 17
7:00 PM
Join us for a performance and writing workshop by Darius Simpson. Darius is an African American writer, performing artist and activist born in Akron, Ohio. Using poetry as a tool of healing, informing and challenging his listeners, he creatively produces work on a wide variety of subjects. Darius aims to leave the listener and reader in a place better equipped to leave the world more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it. Through poetry, Darius hopes to inspire others into their individual creative expression as a tool for healing and social change. 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 Lila Crick.

NCSU Libraries Lecture Where Do We Go to Discover Fascinating Microbes? Not Very Far…

Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Thursday, January 18
4:00 PM
Lurking in the microbes in kitchen sink drains there is a fascinating organism, Delftia acidovorans. This is one of countless understudied microbes with intriguing histories and features. Join us to learn about the intriguing story of Delftia and the tools we have to study this and other fascinating organisms. After the event, interested volunteers can participate in live, hands-on DNA extraction demonstrations, as well as register to collect samples around campus. 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.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences  Science Cafe: How to Tame a Fox and Build a Dog

Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Thursday, January 18
6:15 PM
For the last six decades, a dedicated team of researchers in Siberia has been domesticating silver foxes to replay the evolution of the dog in real time. Lyudmila Trut has been a lead scientist on this work since 1959, and together with biologist and historian of science Lee Dugatkin, she tells the inside story of the science, politics, adventure, and love behind it all. Like a set of Russian nesting dolls, Doug Atkin’s newest book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)” opens up to reveal story after story, each embedded within the one that preceded it. In this presentation, Dugatkin takes us inside this tale of path-breaking science in the midst of the often brutal -35° winters of Siberia to reveal a remarkable collaboration between an older, freethinking scientific genius and a trusting, but gutsy young woman. Together these two risked not just their careers, but to an extent, their lives, to make scientific history. There are 14 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Kelsey Shevlin. Please note: The event will begin at 7:00 PM at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

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

Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Friday, January 19
9:30 AM
Tropical deforestation is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas 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.

University Scholars Program: Super Scholars Stories Kenneth Erickson – Life’s a Beach: Fisheries Research from Morehead City to Honolulu

Sullivan Hall Classroom (Behind the mailboxes)
Friday, January 19
12:00 PM
University Scholars are an awesome group of individuals (as you probably guessed since you yourself are a University Scholar). This series highlights the amazing things that students just like you are doing; from cutting-edge research to backpacking around the world and more. Come learn what other students are up to and how you can do similar things. There are 18 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Caleb Drum.

NCSU Libraries A/V Geeks: One Weird Trick to Better Health CANCELED

Teaching and Visualization Lab, Hunt Library
Friday, January 19
6:00 PM
Michaela DeSoucey of NC State’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology joins A/V Geeks’ Skip Elsheimer to discuss educational films about medical quackery and nutritional fads in an homage to the annual making and breaking of New Year’s resolutions. 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.

Sangeet Saagar A Cappella Competition

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Saturday, January 20
5:30 PM
Sangeet Saagar is a philanthropic, intercollegiate South Asian themed A Cappella competition in which ALL proceeds will go to a charity of high impact. Delta Sigma Iota Fraternity, Inc. will be hosting the fourth annual Sangeet Saagar. The first three annual Sangeet Saagar competitions sold over 2000 seats and raised over $7500 to benefit the following charities: Drive Education, Ekal Vidyalaya, Sight Saving Academy India, and AID India. There are 9 spaces available for this event and advance registration is required. Attendance will be taken by Katie Lucas.