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Women’s Board September Luncheon
Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Future of Human Computer Interaction

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Pedro Lopes, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will present on the Human Computer Integration Lab, a research group focused on developing interactive devices that integrate directly with the user’s body. These devices are the natural succession to wearables and are intentionally designed to borrow parts of the user’s body for inputs and outputs, allowing computers to be more directly interwoven in our body’s senses and movements. This work has all kinds of applications, including developing therapeutic exoskeletons, and giving users new physical abilities such as smell.


Women’s Board October Luncheon
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Russian Media and the War in Ukraine: How the Power and Perspectives of the Media Influence and Shape Thinking on the Conflict

William Nickell, Associate Professor, Department Slavic Languages and Literature, regularly teaches a course on Russian Media and Power, and will discuss how the war has been characterized by Russian and Western media. He will also offer a set of alternative perspectives that, though rarely considered, are proving increasingly relevant as the war has continued.

Ania Aizman, Assistant Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, is completing a book on Russian anarchism, and will present material from her research on Russian groups that attempt to sabotage their own government’s war on Ukraine––and on the media narratives that surround them.


Women’s Board Annual Dinner
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Impacting Millions of Lives with Economic Innovation: A Discussion with Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer

Michael Kremer is the University Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the 2019 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Professor Kremer’s research examines how experimentation and innovation can be used to improve lives around the world. Covering areas including education, health, water, agriculture, and climate change, Professor Kremer will share the challenges and some new approaches to obtaining reliable answers about the best way to fight global poverty.


Women’s Board Holiday Cocktails
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Entertainment or Edification? The Paradox of the 20th Century American Musical

Thomas Christensen, Avalon Foundation Professor of Music and the Humanities, will discuss the making and meaning of the modern American Musical. Often dismissed as a light genre of entertainment and escapism, the American Musical over the past hundred years has also served as a vehicle of serious social criticism at important points of our country’s history. Taking several examples from various musicals ranging from Show Boat to Hamilton (including excerpts that Professor Christensen will play himself on the piano), we will explore the paradoxical position of the musical in American culture.