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Title: “High Tunnel Technology: A Tool for Economic Development, an Increased Quality of Life through Urban Agriculture”

The Basics: William James Lamont, a graduate professor of horticulture at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss the potential impact of agricultural technology on economic development and quality of life.

Lamont has written about the use of plastic mulches for vegetable production and is the co-author of the 2003 High Tunnel Production Manual from Penn State’s Center for Plasticulture in the College of Agriculture.

This lecture is part of the University Lecture Series.

When: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rangos 1 and 2, University Center

Title: “Understanding Venture Capital Industry”

The Basics: Sean Sebastian, founding partner of the Pittsburgh-based venture capital company Birchmere Ventures, will explain how venture capital companies obtain their money and how they use it to generate returns. Sebastian will also discuss what the industry looks for in people and companies as well as its standard practices and terminology.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation.

When: Wednesday at noon

Where: Dowd Room, University Center

Title: “Social Solutions to Poverty”

The Basics: Scott Myers-Lipton, an associate professor of sociology at San Jose State University, will discuss ways in which communities can reduce poverty.

Myers-Lipton specializes in the study of factors of community change, including race and ethnic relations and social action. He is the author of Social Solutions to Poverty: America’s Struggle to Build a Just Society, which was published in July 2006 by Paradigm Publishers.

This lecture is part of the University Lecture Series.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Title: “Challenges to Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Unexpected Consequences in Bolivia”

The Basics: Nancy Postero, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California–San Diego, will discuss the Bolivian residents’ protest against neoliberal economic policies in 2003 that resulted in the resignation of the president and election of current president Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous leader, in 2005. Postero argues that the Bolivians’ actions and indigenous pride are not a “rebellion” but the results of neoliberal multicultural reforms implemented a decade earlier.

Postero is most recently the author of Now We Are Citizens, Indigenous Politics in Post-Multicultural Bolivia, which was published this year by Stanford University Press.

The lecture is part of the Humanities Center’s Speaker Series.

When: Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Where: Wean Hall 7500

Title: “The Future of Physics”

The Basics: David Gross, the Frederick W. Gluck professor of theoretical physics at the University of California–Santa Barbara, will predict developments in physics over the next 25 years.

Gross is the winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is also the director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical physics.

This lecture is the 2007 Buhl Lecture.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Mellon Institute Auditorium