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The mission of Arts & Sciences is to be a leading center for teaching, learning and research, extending the reach and effect of a liberal arts education while promoting excellence in scholarship and research.

    • video
    Exploring Mars: Environments, Habitability and Life

    Exploring Mars: Environments, Habitability and Life

    Recorded for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, this inaugural public lecture of the Robert M. Walker Distinguished Lecture series was delivered by Professor Raymond E. Arvidson and sponsored by the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. It focuses on evidence of water and life on Mars, with an emphasis on data from recent NASA missions Spirit, Opportunity, and Phoenix.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    • video
    Michelangelo Artist and Aristocrat

    Michelangelo Artist and Aristocrat

    Faculty Teaching AnthologyRecorded for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, this is an introductory lecture for the course, Michelangelo taught by Professor William E. Wallace, this presentation highlights the biography of the artist. Though at home in the community of local craftsmen, Michelangelo considered himself a kinsman to the ruling Medici family in Renaissance Florence. The mundane and sublime are juxtaposed through images of such artifacts as a stonecutting template used as a time-sheet for workers, and his great works of art and architecture.

    • 50 min
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    Plate Tectonics I

    Plate Tectonics I

    FIlmed for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, this is the first of two lectures on plate tectonics for the course Earth and the Environment by Professor Jennifer R. Smith, describes the impact of our Earth's composition on surface activity. It connects such phenomena as earthquakes, volcanoes, coastlines and mountains to our planet's hot interior. Key to understanding subduction (or pushing downward) of colder, lighter tectonic plates by warmer, denser plates is the simple idea that heat rises and cold sinks.

    • 1 hr 20 min
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    Plate Tectonics II

    Plate Tectonics II

    Filmed for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, this second lecture on plate tectonics by Jennifer R. Smith for Earth and the Environment, the global crust "recycling" system and its effects on Earth's history and future are discussed. The drivers behind plate tectonics include the hot planetary core, "slab pull" of older crust and the positive feedback of suction in the mantle, creating new crust at divergent plate boundaries and melting old crust at convergent boundaries.

    • 1 hr 16 min
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    Population, Politics and the Environment

    Population, Politics and the Environment

    Recorded for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, in his last lecture before taking on his new duties as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Professor Richard J. Smith exhorts undergraduates in Introduction to Human Evolution to take on the environmental challenges that beset the earth. In doing so, he defines the role and responsibility of a University, and urges us all to be "the people we've been waiting for."

    • 51 min
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    Reflection on the Undergraduate Experience

    Reflection on the Undergraduate Experience

    Recorded for the Faculty Teaching Anthology, In her address to the class of 2012 at the 2008 Arts & Sciences Freshman Convocation, Professor Tili Boon Cuillé draws parallels between eighteenth-century French philosophers’ search for truth and the “question at the end of every answer” to the experience of 21st –century university students. Note: this talk is audio only.

    • 15 min

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