The College of Arts and Sciences and the Liberal Studies Project offer the monthly Meet the Professor series to highlight the college’s research and cultural offerings.

            The Thursday luncheon talks begin at noon in the University Club. Reservations are required, with $14 payment in cash or check. To reserve a spot, contact Janna Tajibaeva at 502-852-2247 or no later than the Monday before each event.

            Here are the spring 2015 semester talks:

Jan. 15 – Gender and Politics in Contemporary Turkey,” Gul Marshall, sociology associate professor. She will talk about how gender-equality policies take shape in Turkey amid various political agendas as well as the significant roles that Turkish women’s groups, the Turkish state and the European Union play in this process.

Feb. 5 – “Vladimir Putin: Tsar of All the Russias,” Charles Ziegler, political science professor. He will discuss the latest Russian political developments, Putin’s motivation and the likelihood that annexing Crimea is the start of a more confrontational foreign policy and perhaps a second Cold War.

March 5 – “The Art Market for the Other 99 Percent,” Susan Jarosi, art history and women’s and gender studies associate professor. She will explore the ways most people buy art, far outside the record fine-art auction sales at Christie’s. Her talk about contemporary markets will include the Dafen Art Village in Shenzhen, China, and ways the golden age of Dutch art set a profitable precedent. 

April 2 – “Sacred Skins: The World of the Medieval Manuscript,” Andrew Rabin, English associate professor. He will talk about production and artistry of the handwritten books, which were the primary means of passing down texts to future generations, and how those tomes provide insight into the cultural and intellectual world of the Middle Ages. The audience also will see authentic medieval manuscripts from UofL’s Pzena Manuscript Collection.

Judy Hughes
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