Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

All lectures begin at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building. The lectures are free and open to the public. A reception follows each lecture.

Professor Hal Grotevant, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Monday, February 22, 2016

New Worlds of Adoption: Navigating Contact between Adoptive and Birth Families from Placement to Adulthood
Since the mid-1970s, U.S. adoption practices have changed dramatically. The confidentiality traditionally maintained between the child’s adoptive family and birth relatives has given way to “openness,” in which—either directly or indirectly, as through an adoption agency—contact occurs. This lecture will frame research findings on the nation’s changing attitudes and values about adoption. Professor Grotevant will draw from four waves of longitudinal data to trace findings regarding such outcomes for the children as mental health, identity, and adjustment, and trace the dynamics of relationships within adoptive kinship networks.




Professor Banu Subramaniam, Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Interdisciplinary Hauntings: The Ghostly Worlds of Naturecultures
What do morning glories or alien plant and animal species have to do with gender, race, or eugenics? Professor Subramaniam will trace the genealogies of ecology and evolutionary biology to demonstrate how foundational ideas of “variation” in biology are inextricably connected to ideas of “diversity” and “difference” in the humanities. She will make a passionate case for interdisciplinary work across the humanities and the natural and social sciences and explore how histories of gender and race have shaped contemporary biological theories and what we can learn about the relationships between natures and cultures.




Professor Cynthia L. Baldwin, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Monday, April 11, 2016

Responding to Infectious Diseases: Next-Generation Vaccines
Animal-source food is often the only readily available protein source in developing countries and is important for physical growth and cognitive development. However, infectious livestock diseases limit its availability and are considered to be a key contributor to poverty. In addition, some of these diseases can spread from animals to humans, further threatening human health. In both developed and developing countries, vaccines are the most effective means of control but are often difficult to develop. Professor Baldwin will explore how a unique population of cells in the immune system may help overcome some obstacles to livestock vaccine development.