2017 Presentations
All events are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

Col. Anthony Deane Army (Retired)
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
April 13, 2017

Col. Anthony Deane Army (Retired) will describe his time in command in the 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division (Ready First Combat Team) and the pivotal Battle of Ramadi. Their efforts, took back the city, fostered the start of the Anbar Awakening and the eventual defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

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Wizards, Tributes, and Factions: The Young Adult (YA) Fiction Phenomenon

Dr. Lisa Perdigao
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
April 27, 2017

Young adult (YA) fiction has a particularly interesting place in literary studies; it is not quite children’s literature yet it is not quite for adults. With foundations in 19th-century literature, YA fiction came of age in the 1950s with the publication of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951) and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (1954). The late 1990s and early 21st century saw phenomenal developments in the field with the publication of J.D. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (1997-2007), Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy (2008-2010), and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (2011-2013). These works reflect speculative turns within YA fiction, departing from its roots in realist fiction and introducing radically divergent ideas about adolescent identity. Ultimately, these works depict adolescent protagonists “disturbing the universe,” redefining their roles in society and effectively changing the future.

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The Virtues of Reason

Dr. Andrew Aberdein
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
May 11, 2017

Rational persuasion through argument is fundamental to civil society. But ill-tempered and obnoxious arguers are all too familiar. This talk investigates the history of argument and asks whether arguing can ever become virtuous.

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Tissue Engineered Tumor Models for Drug Discovery and Development

Dr. Michael Fenn
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
May 25, 2017

Biology is dynamic and 3-dimensional, therefore, why are we still using static, 2-dimensional models? Moving away from 2D tissue culture towards more physiologically relevant 3D tumor models is required to bridge the gap between in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Such models should provide physiologically predictive results, direct more efficient and effective in-vivo studies and improve translation for clinical trial safety and effectiveness. Significant efforts have focused on a cell-centric understanding of cancer, yet much less effort has been placed on fully characterizing the relationships and interdependence among invasive metastatic behavior and the physicochemical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM).


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Serial Killers: Our Deepest Fears or Darkest Desires?

June 22, 2017

Do we enjoy narratives about violent crimes because we wish to see the criminal captured and brought to justice or is there an impulse within ourselves to experience the darker side of life? This talk will examine how well such theories describe the appeal of narratives featuring several popular serial killers, including Norman Bates of the Psycho franchise, Dexter Morgan of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter novels and the successful Showtime series based on them, and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic killer from Thomas Harris's novels and their screen adaptations.


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