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Coming to Campus

- February 12, 2007

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

Economist to speak about game theory on Feb. 16

Ariel Rubenstein, acclaimed economist and game theorist, will lecture on “John Nash, A Beautiful Mind and Game Theory” on Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

The talk is the annual Distinguished Lecture in Economics organized by the Association of Graduate Economics Students and sponsored by the association and the economics department.

Rubinstein, a professor at Tel Aviv University and New York University, is known for his research on non-cooperative bargaining and negotiations, labor economics, and theory of finance.

His theoretical work has led to a better understanding of the way political coalitions are created.

His work is at the interfaces of economics and law and economics and information science.

He has published on economic psychology and on language and economics.

Those who plan to attend are asked to participate in an online game theory experiment at http:// gametheory.tau.ac.il/Connecticut.

The site has a series of questions that take about 15 minutes to answer and do not require an economics background.

Rubenstein will refer to the results of the experiment in his lecture. 

Day of Remembrance event to focus on historical images

“Barbed Wire Beauty: Freeze-Framing Domesticity & Gender Politics in the War Relocation Authority, Photographs of the Internment Camps,” will be the topic of a multi-media presentation by Elena Tajima-Creef marking this year’s reflection on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The event will take place in Konover Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.

Tajima-Creef is an associate professor of women’s studies and director of the American studies program at Wellesley College. She is also the author of Imaging Japanese America: The Visual Construction of Citizenship, Nation, and the Body (New York University Press, 2004), a contribution to the critique of historical visual representations at moments of social crisis.

Tajima-Creef’s work on race and citizenship, and gender and the racialized body challenges and reshapes constructions of what an American looks like and how individuals are constructed by the state, to produce a more nuanced understanding of both the past and the present.

Her current book project, “Visual Legacies of Representations of Asian Women in America,” unearths and analyzes multiple photographic archives, beginning with Japanese Ainu at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and include Japanese Picture Brides, the wartime mythology of “Tokyo Rose,” and the “‘youtubing’ of Connie Chung.”

She is also at work on a mother-and-daughter ethnography, “Notes of a Fragmented Daughter / Memories of a War-Bride Mother,” that explores family stories and legacies of multiracial identity in multicultural America.

The summary removal of Japanese aliens and American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their homes was authorized in an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Without due process of law, nearly 120,000 Japanese-American citizens and permanent residents were incarcerated in remote areas of the United States.

The event is sponsored by the Asian American Studies Institute, Asian American Cultural Center, Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Center.

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