March 2019

Daniel Horns - March 28, 1pm

I Feel the Earth Move: Evolving Thoughts on the Dynamic Planet

Bingham Gallery

Throughout history, all societies that dealt with earthquakes and volcanoes knew that the earth was dynamic, but only to a point. Alfred Wegener famously hypothesized “continental drift” in 1912, but his proposed mechanism for movement of the continents was physically unrealistic. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, however, science reaped abundant data about the earth from two surprising sources: naval surveys that revealed the shapes of the ocean basins and the nature of the ocean floor, and a series of seismometers that were deployed to detect nuclear weapons testing. These data led to development of a theory by which the outer shell of the earth is composed of a series of plates that ride atop a ductile interior, and these plates move on the order of a few centimeters every year. The theory of plate tectonics rapidly became the single most important and unifying theory in the earth sciences. Recent technological advances in surveying, such as GPS, have allowed us to directly track the movement of the plates, elevating plate tectonics from scientific theory to observed fact.Plate tectonics impacts human society on many levels. The theory is crucial for any understanding of the great benefits we receive from the earth, such as the distribution of mineral and energy resources. A knowledge of tectonics is also essential for understanding the terrible threats posed by the dynamic planet, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


Professor, Geology & Associate Dean for College of Science

Dr. Horns earned a B.S. in Geophysics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Geology from UC Davis. Dr. Horns’ scientific work focuses on assessment of geologic hazards. His administrative work focuses on increasing the numbers of students pursuing science majors and careers, with particular attention to students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. Before joining UVU in 1997, Dr. Horns worked as a consulting geologist for Kleinfelder Engineering, where he worked on projects related to geologic hazards, water resources, and water quality.



Kate McPherson - April 11, 1pm

Shakespeare: Soul of An Age

Bingham Gallery

This lecture will explore Shakespeare’s reputation in his own time and ours, as well as why Shakespeare matters now by exploring his engagement with topics ripped from our headlines: power-sharing, tyranny, sexual misconduct, anti-Semitism, and refugees.


Professor, English & Honors Program Director

Pursuing a focus on Shakespeare in performance, Kate participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, “Shakespeare’s Blackfriars: The Study, the Stage, the Classroom,” at the American Shakespeare Center in 2008. She also serves as Resident Scholar for the Grassroots Shakespeare Company, an original practices performance troupe begun by two UVU students. She currently serves as Play Seminar Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a scholar, she participates regularly in digital humanities projects, most prominently as co-editor for a full-scale revision of Shakespeare’s Life & Times for The Internet Shakespeare Editions with Dr. Kathryn M. Moncrief (Washington College), with publication of the new site expected in 2020. More than 75 undergraduates will contribute content to the new site. She and her students also co-wrote an article on The Curtain Theater for The Map of Early Modern London site.Dr. McPherson has published widely on the English early modern period, including commentary on Periclesand The Comedy of Errors(Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-edited four collections of scholarly essays including Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England(with James Mardock, Duquesne University Press, 2014); Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (with Kathryn M. Moncrief and Sarah Enloe, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013); Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction, and Performance (with Kathryn M. Moncrief, Ashgate, 2011); and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England(with Kathryn M. Moncrief, Ashgate 2008). She has also published articles on digital humanities and early modern maternity in scholarly journals.

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