The College of Arts and Sciences’ Meet the Professors series highlights the college’s research and cultural offerings during the first Thursdays of most months.

The 2010 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 or call 502-852-2247  no later than the Monday before each event.

Here are the fall semester talks:

Sept. 2 – Peace Studies Primer, Russell Vandenbroucke, theater arts department chair. The director’s interest in peace and justice is reflected in his plays, including Eleanor: In Her Own Words, Atomic Bombers and Holiday Memories. He will discuss his travels and peace research in Bangkok and at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.   

Oct. 7 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Exotic Species Movements and Their Ecological and Economic Impacts, Margaret Carreiro, biology professor. The scientist will discuss how human travels and trade have affected other species and changed ecosystems, bringing unintended social and economic costs. She also will talk about how individuals’ yard care can affect local conservation.

Nov. 4 – Justice and the Global Environment, Avery Kolers, philosophy professor and director of UofL’s social change minor. He will approach global climate change not only as an environmental problem but also as a fundamentally moral question, as the number of climate refugees from coastal cities and desert regions increases each year.

Dec. 9 – Rites of Appraisal and Questions of Value: Public Television’s ‘Antiques Road Show’, Dennis Hall, English professor. Author of The Greenwood Guide to American Popular Culture, Hall will analyze the popular TV show’s rituals between the appraisers and the people bringing in objects, as well as a consideration of what constitutes value in those circumstances.