with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Fall 2003

December 3, 2003

The World Bank and International Investment: What’s in it for US?
William Partridge,
Professor of Human and Organizational Development

November 5

A Question of Planets
David Weintraub,
Associate Professorof Physics and Astronomy
In the last decade, astronomers have discovered over 100 planets orbiting other stars. These profound discoveries may teach us a great deal about our place in the universe. What we learn may surprise you.

October 8, 2003

The Supreme Court and the Promise of Liberty
Rebecca Brown,
Professor of Law, Allen Chair in Law
The talk will discuss the Supreme Court's role in protecting the individual's right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution, with special attention to the recent case of Lawrence v. Texas.

September 3, 2003

Lemuel Gulliver and the Lives of Animals
Jonathan Lamb, Andrew W. Mellon
Professor of Humanities
A brief illustration of the connections between the fourth book of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, and The Lives of Animals, a short fiction by J.M. Coetzee. Professor Lamb shows how seriously both authors entertain the possibility of a human being acting, or even being, like an animal, and what the implications are for their human audiences.