One of the things that bothers me about the University of Iowa is the lack of open-to-the-public lectures on topics in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. I mean, we get a great series of literary readings thanks to the Workshop and Prairie Lights, but virtually nothing from other fields I find interesting.
Today's lectures from the UI master calendar are typical fare:
A Patient's Jouney through Hypertension, Kidney Failure, and Transplant
Regulation of TrkA Signaling by PP2A
Access to Dental Care for Iowa's Children
Issues for Incarcerated Females and the Dispairty of Incarceration for African Americans
Now admittedly, that last one could be great if the title stopped after the first four words and if it included a screening of Chained Heat. But I guarantee that ain't the case.
I want some lectures that don't require me to have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering or a box of No-Doz before I walk in the door. Here's a sampling. These are all taken from the current UCLA website:
The Village that Wouldn't Confess: Ossaia, 1468
Agrarian Sovereignty vs. Coastal Economy: The Puzzle of the Wenzhou Model
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design presents Quarterly Lecture Series
What Is the Future for Democrats and Liberals?
Now those are somewhat more interesting topics. (OK, maybe I'm just a different kind of geek.) But whom do I talk to to get some interesting lectures going?