Henry L. Roediger III: The Study of People Who Deliberately Memorize

Henry L. Roediger III, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University, will provide a quick history of interest in mnemonics and then discuss modern research. He will discuss the usual processes involved in mnemonic training and how these processes support the validity of conclusions derived from laboratory research, albeit in magnified form. Then, he will report results of a program of research on performance of expert mnemonists and report research on some of the top mnemonists of our time using a standard battery of tests.

The Science of Successful Learning and Memory

Henry L. Roediger, III, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University, will report on a program of research about the benefits of retrieval practice through quizzing as an aid to learning. Testing or quizzing is a practice usually considered only to measure what a student knows, but experimental research shows that retrieving information helps to stabilize the knowledge and make it easier to recall on future attempts.

Lunchtime Time Machine: Why did everybody expect the Spanish Inquisition?

This installment of the Department of History’s undergraduate lecture series features Dr. Benjamin Ehlers. Professor Ehlers teaches courses on the history of early modern Spain and England, European encounters with Islam, and transnationalism. He is the author of Between Christians and Moriscos: Juan de Ribera and Religious Reform in Valencia, 1568-1614. 

Free admission, free pizza. 

Guest Lecture: Robert Wyatt

UGA biology professor Robert Wyatt will discuss "Sex in the Garden" in the next event of the Georgia Natural History Museum Lecture Series.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, a nonprofit organization that supports and advances the mission and programs of the museum by increasing public awareness, supporting service and outreach programs, fundraising and mobilizing other resources. The series is co-sponsored by the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

The talk will be preceded by a reception.

The Virtual Roach Project

Joseph McHugh will discuss the Virtual Roach Project, a Web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool.

The project links morphological terminology with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs and photomicrographs. Users are able to explore the anatomy of a cockroach through a virtual dissection.

Charter Lecture

The 2016 Charter Lecture, "Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe in an Age of Terrorism: A Conversation with Bill Perry and Sam Nunn," will feature Senator Sam Nunn, CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and William Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense. Perry will join the conversation via videoconference. Reception to follow.

Guest Lecture: Tammy Ingram

"Driving Dixie: The Politics of Early Automobile Tourism," Tammy Ingram, author of "Dixie Highway: Roadbuilding and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930." Ingram will give a talk focused on the ways that automobile tourism reshaped both the physical and political landscapes of the South and Georgia from the 1910s through the 1930s. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. A screening of the GPB documentary "Down the Dixie Highway" will follow. 


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