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Lectures & Guest Artist Visits

lecture - "Race, Sermons and Politics in America"
Wednesday, March 28, 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Field House 2040
Admission - FREE

Photo of speaker, Dr. R. Khari BrownSPEAKER - DR. KHARI BROWN, Associate Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University

In Dr. Khari Brown’s new book, he examines the association between race, religion and commitment to social justice and political activism. Brown is a leading expert of religion and American politics. He is also an adjunct research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where he develops national surveys on race, religion, and politics. He serves on the board of the Religious Research Association and the editorial board of the Politics and Religion Journal. His published work examines race differences in how attending worship settings in which clergy and lay persons discuss political matters reinforces beliefs about the American government’s role in addressing; poverty, racism, immigration, criminal justice and defense issues. This work appears in numerous academic journals and is featured on NPR’s The Academic Minute.

Voice Master Class with Soprano, Kirsten Chambers
Thursday, March 29, 6-8 p.m.
Recital Hall - UT Center for Performing Arts
Admission - FREE

Photo of speaker, Kirsten Chambers, sopranoSPEAKER - KIRSTEN CHAMBERS, Soprano

Kirsten Chambers, made her Metropolitan Opera house debut on short notice in 2016 in the title role of Salome. Her Carnegie Hall debut came on just two days’ notice when she sang the fiendishly difficult role of Maria in Richard Strauss’ Friedenstag with the American Symphony Orchestra. Her 2016-17 season started when she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time that fall as a cover of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde. ​

Kirsten and her husband Keith Chambers will also present a recital at the Toledo Museum of Art, "It's Friday!" on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Free event. Keith Chambers is a pianist and the Artistic Director for the New Amsterdam Opera (NY). 

Presented by the UT Opera Ensemble.

Lunch with a Purpose "Do Positive Feelings Increase Physical Activity? A Cross-Cultural Study""
Wednesday, April 11, 12:10-1 p.m.
Eberly Center - Tucker Hall
Admission - FREE

SPEAKER - KELSEY O'BRIEN, Jesup Scott Honors College Psychology Major, Spanish Minor

This research examines the relationship between affective associations (i.e., how one feels about something) and levels of health behaviors (e.g., frequency of physical activity). According to prior research, positive affective associations are more likely to predict intentions of health behaviors than cognitive variables (e.g., one’s beliefs). Interestingly, the desired affective state has been found to differ cross-culturally. For this study, data was collected from two sampling populations, one among undergraduate students at The University of Toledo, and the other among undergraduate students at the University of Ghana. The results have the potential to innovate health interventions on a more global scale.

Last Updated: 3/22/18