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February 2010 Events


February 2, 2010
Crooked Roads: A Solo Performance Piece

Written and Performed by Mark Moore
Developed with and Directed by Rod Menzies
7 p.m.
Village Gate
RSVP Closed

Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius. William Blake

From the halls of MIT to the shores of The Tempest a creative spirit spins between the expectations of his labor-organizer father and his jet-setting international economist mentor in a life-and-death struggle to stay on a road of his own choosing. Actor? Playwright? Economist? Creative polymath? All of the above? Can Crooked Roads lead this adventurer to his heart's content? 

The Village Gate
3223 S. Hoover St.

Just north of USC in the University Village shopping complex. Free parking available in University Village.
For a local map, click here and type Village Gate in the search box.

February 9, 2010
The Science of Treasure Hunting

4 - 6 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, 240
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In recent years, shipwrecks have gone from being the stuff of mystery to being technological, scientific, and downright geeky – and yet, few things bespeak a mystery more powerfully than the idea of treasure, buried at sea and unravaged by time. In this forum, Sean Fisher, grandson of the late Mel Fisher, who now runs his family’s Historic Shipwreck Salvage business which operates out of Key West, Florida, will discuss his family’s decades-long adventure of searching for the Nuestra Seniora de Atocha, a Spanish Galleon laden with gold and silver from the new world that sank in a hurricane in 1622, just 35 miles west of Key West. In July of 1985, Mel Fisher and his crew discovered the main cultural deposit of the Atocha, over 37 tons of silver bars and coins. The search for her remaining treasure still continues today.

Sean Fisher will discuss the many facets of the search and the technology used over the years to make the search possible. Technology has always played a key role in historic shipwreck salvage, and over the years, Fisher has seen that technology evolve from simple mechanical innovation to the highly technical integration of GPS technology, anomaly location technology, and charting and mapping technology. These technological advances have increased the efficiency of historic shipwreck salvors today, and yet the core questions remain: are shipwrecks something we find at the end of a treasure map, or do they, instead, also “map” the world of the past for curious seekers, historians, and treasure-lovers? What is the secret of the treasure map?

Sean will be available after his presentation for a short Q&A and will have a number of authentic artifacts to show and discuss.


February 16, 2010
Transnational Connections:  Africa and Asia
12 - 2 p.m.
University Club
Space is limited and it is expected that seminar participants will read the paper ahead of time. Please RSVP by Feb. 14 to, and a copy of the papers will be emailed to you.

Guest Speakers:
Sionne Neely, USC (American Studies and Ethnicity): “Listening to Another’s Wound: The Afro-Tune and Kologo as Black Sound Technologies in Ghana and the U.S."

Thien-Huong Ninh, USC (Sociology): "Transnational Religion:  California Caodai Congregations and Co-Religionists in Indochina"

February 18, 2010
Who Owns Ideas?:  Intellectual Property and the Future of Ideas
4 – 6 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, 240
To secure your spot please RSVP to:Event Code: CC218

One of the most significant ways we have of mapping the world is the boundaries of individual property — but what happens when that boundary meets the “free exchange of ideas”? Join Yochai Benkler (Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and the author of The Wealth of Networks), Michael B. Eisen (Professor of Computational and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Berkeley and the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and co-founder of the Public Library of Science) and Jennifer Urban (Professor and Co-Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley Law) for a wide-ranging conversation about the relationship of ideas to property, and the enormous changes that are shaking the world of media, the entertainment industry and the boundaries of science.


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