Maps of India are presented in conjunction with the winter 2014 Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) theme semester “India in the World.”
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Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at Kansas University, reads from his translation of Homer's Iliad (1997), and Sarah Ruden, poet and translator, reads from her translation of Virgil's Aeneid (Yale 2008). They discuss the creative process of translating classical epic poems from ancient Greek and Latin into English for modern readers. Moderated by U-M Professor Yopie Prins and sponsored by Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan.
Miles Kimball, professor in the Department of Economics, speaks on the future of the economics blogosphere.
The University Library's Engaged Learning Task Force hosts its final program for the semester with a conversation with James Holloway, Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, and Amy Conger, Assistant Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education.
Nine songwriters perform new music, written this semester as part of the course Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners. Each student has written between seven and ten songs, many of which have been workshopped with the class, and in this final showcase concert each student plays two songs. A seven-week one-credit course that keeps expanding--eight, nine, ten weeks!--UC 170 Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners takes novice songwriters through techniques that help produce solid lyrics, beautiful harmonic progressions, and winning melodies.
Mary Sponberg Pedley, adjunct assistant curator of maps at the Clements Library, discusses how "A New and Accurate Map of the English Empire in North America by a Society of Anti-Gallicans," published in London in 1755, demonstrates how jealousy, greed, and commercial rivalry can drive foreign affairs. With this illustrated talk, Dr. Pedley looks carefully at the map's sources, publishers, and historical context of intense commercial and political rivalry between France and Great Britain both in Europe and in North America.