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VISION Lecture Series Announced, beginning September 25

August 24, 2006
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Eight evenings of thought-provoking discussion.
Eight minds grappling with the important issues of our day.
Eight voices.
Eight visions.

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, August 8, 2006The Vision Series at George Mason University is designed to shed light on the kinds of real world research and idea generation going on on the Mason campus today. During the fall and into next year, through a series of eight lectures, top researchers and scholars illuminate their work for an audience as diverse as the Northern Virginia and George Mason communities.

George Mason University provost, Dr. Peter Stearns, invites this group of outstanding colleagues to lecture on topics relevant to today’s issues; with answers and hypotheses based on their research and its applications in today’s society. As Stearns explains, the lectures aim to “draw from diverse sectors of the university, that will stimulate creative discussion and interest students, faculty and staff, and the wider reaches of the community.”

The inaugural Vision Series kicks off on September 25, 2006 when bestselling author and Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason, Richard Florida, presents The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent.


The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent
Richard Florida, Hirst Professor of Public Policy.
Monday, September 25, 2006 at 8 pm
In The Flight of the Creative Class, the follow-up to his 2002 bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class, Florida paints a picture of a global giant on the verge of one of the toughest economic battles of its life.

Towards Virtual Brains
Giorgio Ascoli, Krasnow Institute
Monday, October 16, 2006 at 8 pm
How computer simulations based on detailed experimental data can advance our understanding of how the brain works, with potential benefits for both biomedical and computational science.

Shame and Guilt: The good, the bad, and the ugly
June Tangney, Professor of Psychology
Monday, November 6, 2006 at 8 pm
This lecture offers a summary of current research on the positive aspects of shame and guilt, conducted with children, families, and incarcerated offenders, and discuss implications for parents, teachers, and our criminal justice system.

Computational Sciences: The Third Pillar of the Empirical Sciences
Rainald Lohner, Professor of Computational Sciences
Monday, December 4, 2006 at 8 pm
This talk will explore the reasons for these developments, as well as an outlook for the future, along with a consideration of the wider, philosophical implications the computational sciences are having on the way we perceive the world.

Air Transportation: A Tale of Prisoners, Sheep and Sociopaths
George Donohue, Director, Air Transport Systems Research Center
Monday, January 29, 2007 at 8 pm
This lecture will expain why the current US governmental policies are creating myriad problems in air transport today (like long security lines, delays, unexplained cancellations, bankruptcies and more) and what you as a citizen can do about it.

Childhood Obesity: Our newest global epidemic?
Lisa Pawloski, Associate Professor of Health and Human Services
Monday, February 26, 2007 at 8 pm
America is not alone in battling this crisis; researchers are now finding childhood obesity rates soaring in nations still plagued with hunger and poverty. In this presentation, global trends of childhood obesity will be explored by Pawlowski highlighting her research in Mali, Nicaragua, and Thailand.

Words into Music: or, How an Old Play Becomes a New Opera
Rick Davis, Associate Dean/Professor of Theater, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Monday, March 19, 2007 at 8 pm
Rick Davis and a company of actors and musicians demonstrate how he and composer Kim D. Sherman approach their new operatic adaptation of Love’s Comedy, an early work by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Side-by-side performances of excerpts from the play and the opera illustrate the role music plays in storytelling and characterization.

Legacy of Life: Creating Healthy Futures
David Anderson, Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health
Monday, April 30, 2007 at 8 pm
Imagine a society where individuals are healthy, productive, energetic, and compassionate. This session highlights seven convictions for healthier living, incorporating practical strategies for individual and collective action. A challenge to become inspired move beyond policy and awareness strategies, to emphasize root causes of behaviors of concern.

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All VISION lectures are free and open to the public and take place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required. Visit to reserve tickets, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) For information call 703-993-8888. The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit for more information on this and other Center for the Arts events.