Jasmine Farrier, associate professor of political science, opens the series Thursday, Jan. 10, with “Rethinking the Place of Congress in the 21st Century. Farrier is the author of “Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burden of Constitutional Authority” and “Passing the Buck: Congress, the Budget and Deficits.” She will talk about how Congress has contributed to its own diminished stature during the last century and how it needs to re-establish its constitutional place.

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Feb. 7 – “Names and Naming,” Frank Nuessel, linguist and professor of classical and modern languages and author of “The Study of Names.” Often quoted in news articles and blogs about names and their meaning, Nuessel will talk about aspects of naming that identify people, places, concepts and products.

March 7 – “Studio Glass: The 50th Anniversary of an Artistic and Technological Revolution,” Peter Morrin, Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships director and critical and curatorial studies professor. Morrin, director emeritus, Speed Art Museum, recently co-curated the 50-year glass exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. He will talk about the medium’s origins, evolution and challenges.

April 11 – “Women in Racial Justice Movements: United States and South Africa,” Catherine Fosl, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research director and women’s and gender studies professor. Using oral-history interview clips from Louisville, Atlanta and Cape Town, she will compare women crossing the color line to end segregation with women who helped end apartheid.

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

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