North American Railroad System

January 3, 2011

4:00 PM, Saturday January 8th 2011

Location: Ryerson
Talk by Steven LaRue
Abstract

“The North American Railroad System is the undisputed world leader in freight transport.” This contentious (and really quite bold) statement has been passed around for the past few decades, but is rarely substantiated, and in the near future may be in serious jeopardy. You may be more affected by freight transport than you think, and a loss of world superiority would necessitate changes to everyday life and contribute to the disappearance of certain modern conveniences. I hope to enlighten all in attendance to 1) reasons why this statement is currently true, 2) the dangers that institutional reforms pose to the status of North American Railroads, and as a related subject, 3) the impact from the proposed initiatives in high-speed rail and the dangers posed to the freight rail industry.

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Julian the Apostate

November 12, 2010

4:30 PM, Friday November 12, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Talk by Dan Iopollo
Abstract

Emperor Julian (aka “Julian the Apostate”) was the last pagan ruler of Rome. His paganism is significant because he reigned in the mid fourth century – after Constantine initiated the cultural reversal that would elevate Christianity to favored status within the empire. In this talk I will give an outline of Julian’s biography and present some of the key arguments in his anti-Christian treatise “Against the Galileans.” By observing what considerations Julian takes to count against Christianity I hope to show what it was that motivated die-hard pagan intellectuals to persist in their beliefs even as it become clear that the Empire would soon be dominated by Christians.

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Digital Security

October 21, 2010

4:30 PM, Saturday October 23, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Talk by Christopher Schuster
Abstract

How to protect oneself on the world wide web both from impersonal, amateur attacks up to attacks funded by nation states; some theoretical discussion on ‘Demigod’ level attacks (i.e. attackers possessing computational power in excess of 10^100 computations per second). Further discussion will center on privacy and the application of cryptology in the new digital era with a focus on nation-state levels of infiltration. Questions may wander into related topics as appropriate.

Pickup Artists: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Women

October 8, 2010

4:00 PM, October 9, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Talk by Andrew Hastie
Abstract

This talk will be about the theoretical basis of attracting women as portrayed by the pickup artist community largely relying on the techniques espoused by Mystery and David Shade. In this talk we will endeavor to take a light-hearted look of the people and ideas that inhabit the shady world of professional promiscuity. Also I will include a short self-defense course on how to recognize and fight the more manipulative techniques used to control and seduce men or women followed by a question and answer session.

The New Left

October 1, 2010

5:00 PM, October 3, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Lecture by Watson Ladd
Abstract

The 1967 Citroen strike initiated a wave of student uprisings around the world that lasted well into the 1970’s. Politically these groups were most definitely against the structures of industrial capitalism, and had a clear idea of what was required to seize power. Governments in China, France, and the US toppled in response. Yet, when the smoke cleared nothing had changed. The increasingly violent tactics of protest, together with even stranger politics, ultimately failed to change anything. This talk will explore the politics of the New Left, and how the roots of their defeat were rooted in their politics.

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Muon Colliders: The Next Generation of Particle Accelerators?

July 22, 2010

5:00 PM, Sunday July 25 2010

Location: Ryerson
Lecture by Richard Ruiz
Abstract
The LHC has turned on! Yes, it works and data is being collected at record rates and energies. Hadron colliders, however, have limitations and the US is preparing to retire its current fleet of colliders. What does this mean for the US? What does this mean for Physics in and around the world? A basic introduction to collider physics, and the physics potential of various types of colliders will be discussed. Additionally, how international relations affect global physics programs will be mentioned.

Liquid Olives and Coconut Styrofoam

June 3, 2010

5:00 pm, Sunday, June 6, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Lecture by Alex Cottrill

Abstract:

A talk on molecular gastronomy, possibly with practical demonstration.

Origins of The Final Solution

June 3, 2010

4:00 pm, Saturday, June 5, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Lecture by Keith Jamieson

Abstract:

Popular images of the genocide of Europe’s Jews inevitably consist of filthy barracks, cattle cars, and Zyklon-B. Yet major deportations to the first Nazi extermination camp, Chelmno, did not begin until the middle of 1942, when a quarter of those killed in the Shoah were already dead. In this talk, I will examine the role of mass killings in the destruction of European Jewry and explore how German policy transitioned from the exclusion of the Jews, to widespread shootings, to the gas chambers of Chelmno, Treblinka, and Auschwitz.

“It Radiates From My Forehead”: Babylonian civilization and comparative theories of awesomeness

May 28, 2010

5:30 pm, Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Abstract: What constitutes awesomeness? This talk will attempt to show by example the different guises under which the awesome can be found, what their similarities and differences are, and exactly how many sheep are needed to determine the future.

Also, there may be some form of FOOD.

History of Black Chicago

May 19, 2010

5:00 pm, Sunday, May 23, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Lecture by Alla Hoffman

Abstract:

I’ll run through the history of the African-American experience of the city of Chicago, starting with the Great Migration and ending with the crumbling of the civil rights movement (possibly with the ’80s epilogue if there’s time). I’m going to focus mainly on the period from 1940-1970, specifically on organized crime, civil rights, and the places where they blurred into each other.