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Professors to headline community enrichment programs


January 11, 2010

Four professors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University have been selected to speak this spring in the President's Community Enrichment Programs (PCEP) presented by the ASU Foundation, ASU President Michael Crow and honorary chair, Sybil Francis.

The programs are premier educational events that connect the Greater Phoenix community to ASU's visionary scholars and ideas through multi-week courses, single lectures and campus tours.

Among the ASU professors scheduled for the spring 2010 program are four from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They are:

Jonathan Fink, a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Sustainability. He also is director of ASU's Center for Sustainability Science Applications and will speak on "The Urban Genome Program: Deciphering cities' DNA to solve sustainability challenges" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The cost is $20. This presentation will summarize some of ASU's key research on urban systems and describe an ambitious new attempt to pull together information from cities around the world in order to help them achieve sustainability goals more quickly.

Roger Adelson, a professor of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. He will teach a five-part course titled "The impact of 20th century British and U.S. policies in the Middle East." The classes will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17, in the Northern Trust Bank-Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale. The cost is $175. There also is a single-class session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March 25 at SkySong in Scottsdale. The cost for the single-class session is $20.

Peter Lehman, a professor and director of the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture. He will present a four-part series on "Classic Hollywood cinema: A critical look at four timeless films" from noon to 3 p.m., each Monday in February (Feb. 1-22), in the ASU Fulton Center in Tempe. Lunch and free parking are included in the ticket price of $140. The four films to be examined are "Scarface" (1932, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Paul Muni), "Citizen Kane" (1941, directed by and starring Orson Welles), "The Searchers" (1956, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne) and "Victor/Victoria" (1982, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Julie Andrews).

Kyle Longley, the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. He will present a four-part course in March titled "Close neighbors, distant friends: Contemporary U.S./Mexican relations." The purpose of the course is to provide context to the development of this relationship, with special emphasis on its continued evaluation since 1990. Class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, March 1, 8, 22 and 29 at the Northern Trust Bank-Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale. The cost is $140.

Details about these events, as well as others offered in the President's Community Enrichments Programs, are available online at www.asufoundation.org/pcep or by calling 480-965-3759. To register, click here.