Lecture Previews

University Lecture Series: Edith Balas

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Carnegie Mellon art history professor Edith Balas will deliver a lecture titled “From Transylvania to Pennsylvania: My Personal Journey.” Balas was born in Cluj, Transylvania. She will speak about her experiences in a Nazi concentration camp and under the Communist regime in Romania. She will also describe the ways in which her Eastern European background has enriched her research.

Balas specializes in modern art and the art of the Italian Renaissance. She has written a number of books and articles. Her memoir was published in 2011. Balas has also curated art exhibitions in cities around the world.

Su Fang Ng

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

University of Oklahoma English professor Su Fang Ng will deliver a lecture titled “Speaking Transnationally: Early Modern European Cross-Cultural Exchanges with Islamic Southeast Asia.” In her presentation, Ng will discuss the languages used in early European exchanges with Southeast Asia, with a focus on the long-distance spice trade. She will focus on the role of Malay, the language in which much of spice trading was done, as a global language.

Ng specializes in early modern literature, with a secondary interest in post-colonial literature. Her most recent book, Global Renaissance: Early Modern Classicism and Empire from the British Isles to the Malay Archipelago, explores the ways in which Greek and Roman empirical models became part of the native histories of Southeast Asia and the early modern maritime kingdoms of England.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Liang-Shih Fan

Friday at noon

Doherty Hall 2315

Liang-Shih Fan, a professor of engineering at Ohio State University, will deliver a lecture on chemical looping technology, and how it enables carbon dioxide capture. Fan’s presentation will consider aspects of modern chemical looping technology, which uses fossil fuels and biomass for feedstock.

He will discuss the current issues with this form of technology and will illustrate the possibilities and challenges in scaling up and commercializing chemical looping technology.

Fan’s expertise is in fluidization and multiphase flow, powder technology and energy, and environmental reaction engineering. With his research group, Fan has invented seven industrially viable clean coal processes. He is an editor of multiple journals and book series.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series: Charlie Cheever

Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Posner Hall 151

Quora founder Charlie Cheever will speak about his experiences with entrepreneurship. Quora is a question-and-answer site on which users can pose questions and collaborate on the answers.

Cheever grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a degree in computer science. Before he founded Quora, Cheever worked at Facebook, where he led the team that developed Facebook Connect.