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The OrJames Lab Honors Black History Month

  Alice Augusta Ball - February 7, 6:30pm

   Born in Seattle, Washington in 1892, Alice would go on to earn two degrees from the University of Washington, one in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1912, and pharmacy in 1914, before becoming the first woman and African American to earn a master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Hawaii in 1915. Upon graduating from the University of Hawii, Ball took a teaching post while conducting research there until her death at age 24. Ball created a highly effective method to produce an injectable treatment for leprosy, for which she recently, posthumously received full credit, as her ideas were stolen upon her death by the then chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Hawaii. Come learn more about this great individual and her works. Presentation by Orin James.
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  A Reading of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - February 21, 6:30pm

   Ralph Ellison himself wrote: "In our society, it is not unusual for a Negro to experience a sensation that he does not exist in the real world at all. He seems rather to exist in the nightmarish fantasy of the white American mind as a phantom that the white mind seeks unceasingly, by means both crude and subtle, to slay." Though this was written in his review of Myrdal's An American Dilemma, it serves as the premise for one of the greatest English novels written, namely, Invisible Man. This novel eloquently demonstrates the ruinous force and power racism has to render one invisible. This novel addresses a variety of themes: conformity/identity, black masculinty, leftist ideology, nationalism, contructed perceptions, among others. In discussing this book, I will reference key theories and historical events that may render the life of the protagonist not only possible but inevitable. The Novel can be found here. In addition to the novel, I will also provide supplementary material, from which I will draw several ideas and theories in my analysis and discussion
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  Ernest Everett Just - February 28, 6:30pm

   Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1883, Ernest Everett Just would became a pioneering figure in biology. Charles Drew is quoted as saying "Ernest is a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field." Indeed, Ernest Just would go on to make significant contributions in the areas on the physiology of development. This includes fertilization, experimental parthenogenesis, dehydration in living cells among other things. come learn more about this important individual and his works. Presentation by Orin James.
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The OrJames Lab Honors Women's History Month

   Rosalind Elsie Franklin - March 14, 6:30pm

   Born in London, England in 1920, Franklin undoubtedly remains a scientist of great intrigue and controversy. It was her famous Photo 51 that led to the discovery of DNA's structure, but she was not listed as one of the discoverers, raising questions among scientists and non-scientists alike. Come learn more about this great individual and her experiments. Presentation by Orin James
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A Reading of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Undine & Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome - March 21, 6:30pm

It is accepted among a wide range of individuals that the notion of gender and the behavioral expectations and patterns found therein is heavily a social construct. However, some may argue that biological factors alone contribute to the behavioral patterns we observe, while some may suggest it is combination of both. A close reading of Fouqué's Undine and Wharton's Ethan Frome may reveal a perpetuation of social expectations that is founded in the development of an aesthetic ideal. Undine was written during German Romanticism and it can be classified as a Kunstmärchen (loosely translated as "artful tale"), as opposed to the Volksmärchen (Folktale). One notable difference between the two is the presence of an author actually creating a tale (Kunstmärchen), while the other is traditionally passed down orally and is merely transcribed by someone usually following a particular format (Mayer, Tismar). The line between the two may begin to blur as the author of the Kunstmärchen may borrow well established motifs from the traditional folktales with minor modification to produce a desired effect, as may be the case in Undine. One of the key philosophers of German Romanticism was Friderich Schlegel. Schlegel sought to achieve infinite perfectibility through a synthesis of contrary forms (Carol Tully). In doing so followers of Schlegel may have used the Kunstmärchen as a vehicle for the symbolic expression of the ideal as the artist might image. The behavior of the key characters reflect expectations and what may happen if those expectations aren't met. A similar trend is seen in Ethan Frome...During this talk, I will explore ways in which the "ideal" is generated with emphasis on gender. I will reference theories and historical events that may demonstrate the presence of the "ideal" in our society and its perpetuation.
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Barbara McClintock - March 28, 6:30pm

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1902, and studied at Erasmus Hall High School and Cornell University, McClintock would go on to become the first female to win the Nobel Prize unshared. Her work led to the discovery of "jumping genes". Come learn more about this great individual and her work. Presentation by Orin James.
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All Roads Lead To Austria 2018

Meet The Habsburgs - April 11, 2018 6:30pm

For over six centuries Austria and much of Europe was ruled by the Habsburgs Dynasty. Their influence is clearly found throughout much of Europe today. Come learn a bit of Austrian and Slovenian history. Emphasis will be placed on Maria Theresia and Joseph II. We will explore Schonbrunn and the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. We will also practice German greetings. Presentation by Orin James.
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