Regular programs are held at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

Socializing begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Parking is available behind the Thurber Center as well as in the State Auto lot off of N. 11th Street.

March 8, 2018: Ravneberg Lecture

“The Day We Found the Universe” Presented by Marcia Bartusiak, Professor of Science Writing at M.I.T.

On New Year’s Day in 1925, a young Edwin Hubble released his finding that our Universe was far bigger than previously believed. Hubble’s proclamation sent shock waves through the scientific community. Six years later, in a series of meetings at Mt. Wilson Observatory, Hubble and others convinced Albert Einstein that the Universe was not static, as he had imagined, but in fact expanding. In her lecture on this era, Marcia Bartusiak will reveal the battles of will, clever insights, incredible technology, ground-breaking research, and wrong turns made by the early investigators of the heavens as they raced to uncover what many consider one of most significant discoveries in scientific history.

Combining her undergraduate training in journalism with a master’s degree in physics, Ms. Bartusiak has been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for nearly 4 decades. She has published in a variety of publications, including Science, Smithsonian, Discover, National Geographic, and Astronomy. The author of six books, she is currently Professor of the Practice of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

April 12, 2018

“Frankenstein at 200,” a Presentation by the Frankenstein Project of Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society presented by Robert Cook-Deegan, M.D

“Frankenstein,” a story written on a dare by an 18-year-old Mary Shelley on a gloomy summer holiday with her lover and friends, was published 200 years ago. Celebrate the bicentennial of the novel and its enduring impact with a presentation on April 12, 2018, by Robert Cook-Deegan from Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Project (https://sfis.asu.edu/), an extraordinary multi-year effort by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. The Frankenstein Project delves into the novel’s “landmark fusion of science, ethics, and literary expression.” It explores the novel’s lasting impact on issues and ethics surrounding the present day development of medicine, artificial intelligence, science, art, literature, and movies. ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society adopted Shelley’s story of unconventional creation and its eccentric creator to prompt discussion and contemporary projects while addressing the questions: What is life? What does it mean to be human? Why do we create?

Frankenstein is believed to be the first science fiction novel and certainly influenced the genre of horror literature and, later, film. Shelley likely drew from the fears and anxieties of her contemporaries, the early experimentation and fear of electricity, the resurrectionists, and study of surgery. The program will also address her legacy that leaves the issues of responsibility and ethics in what we create today. Robert Cook-Deegan is a professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University. He founded and directed Duke’s Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy 2002- 2012, and Duke-inWashington through June 2016. Before Duke, Deegan worked at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine 1991-2002; the National Center for Human Genome Research (NIH) 1989-1990; and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1982-1988. Holding an MD, University of Colorado and BA in chemistry (magna cum laude) from Harvard, he is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome https://dnapatents. georgetown.edu/genomearchive/GeneWars.htm and over 250 other publications.

If you want to read up on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein before the meeting, check out the article in Fine Books & Collections https:// www.finebooksmagazine.com/ index.phtm entitled “Mary Shelley’s Monsterpiece” by Jonathan Shipley https:// www.finebooksmagazine.com/ fine_books_blog/2017/11/ frankenstein-revived-andrevisited.phtml

May 10, 2018

“Why We Collect: Leveraging Cultural Heritage Collections for Transformational Change” Presented by Damon E. Jaggers

Learn about library and archival collections in academic libraries from the new Librarian at The Ohio State University. He’s worked with some of the greatest and broadest special collections in the country. Damon Jaggers will focus on using collections to spur change in the intellectual sphere.

Damon E. Jaggars assumed the post of Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University in 2016. He previously worked for libraries at Columbia University, the University of Texas, and Iona College. His background includes service planning and assessment, collection development and management, and facilities planning and design, as well as building and managing distinctive and unique collections and developing and overseeing information technology infrastructures within research libraries. His work has been published broadly in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and his editorial service includes board membership for portal: Libraries & the Academy, coeditorship of a special issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and a stint as editor-in chief of the Journal of Library Administration. He currently serves on advisory boards for the Digital Preservation Network, SHARE, OhioLink, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, as well as on the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity committee of the Association of Research Libraries.

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