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Feb. 21, 2014 |
Mac Gilcrest, a percussion student in UM’s School of Music, plays a vibraphone solo during the recent Fusion V Concert.

Philosopher to Deliver Talk on Arab Spring, Israeli Spring for President's Lecture Series

Avishai Margalit, one of the foremost living philosophers and a brilliant commentator on contemporary moral issues facing Western societies, will deliver a lecture about the Arab Spring and the Israeli Spring as part of the UM President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Center Ballroom.

Margalit’s lecture, “The Arab Spring and the Israeli Spring,” also will be the Henry Bugbee Annual Lecture on Philosophy. Earlier that same day, he will deliver a seminar titled “Betrayal: Political and Personal” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.

Read more: Philosopher to Deliver Lecture on Arab Spring, Israeli Spring at UM 

Analyst Kicks Off Big Data Lecture Series

Dan WagnerDan Wagner, CEO and founder of the Chicago-based big data analytics firm Civis Analytics, will kick off UM’s Big Data Lecture Series, sponsored by GCS, with a talk titled “Big Data in Electoral Politics and Beyond: Revealing the Science of Political Science.” The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.

In 2012, Wagner and his team of big data scientists revolutionized electoral politics by applying big data technology to the Obama re-election campaign. Rather than solely focus on large demographic blocks, Wagner developed new analytical tools that mined massive electoral and social media data sets to identify likely Obama voters.

Read more: Analyst to Kick Off UM Big Data Lecture Series

Online, Library Exhibits Highlight Women in Montana Politics

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Montana, and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library is showcasing exhibits documenting the history of women in Montana.

An online exhibit is available at A physical exhibit has been installed on the fourth floor of the Mansfield Library. The exhibits feature a timeline highlighting the role of women in Montana and UM politics and political activities from 1882 to the present. The online exhibit also includes a guide to collections held in Archives and Special Collections at the Mansfield Library by and about women.

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Tunnel of Oppression Returns to UM

The Tunnel of Oppression will return to UM March 3-6 in the University Center Ballroom.

This year the topics include ableism, privilege, homelessness, transgender identity issues, human trafficking, first-nations peoples’ representation, class inequity and the environment.

The 2014 Tunnel of Oppression will include an appearance by Laverne Cox, transgender activist and star of series “Orange is the New Black;” the Montana premiere of the film “Boom;” and a mattress vigil for the awareness of human trafficking benefiting iEmpathize, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate child exploitation.

Read more: Tunnel of Oppression Returns to UM

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Harlem Globetrotters Bring 'Fans Rule' Tour to Adams Center Feb. 28

Jazz Ensemble Hosts Special Guests

The Oval Literary Magazine Submission Deadline Feb. 22

Global Public Health Lecture Series Features 'Global HIV/AIDS'

Gloria Flora Delivers Next Installment of Wilderness Lecture Series

'Industry of the Ordinary'  Presents Visiting Artist Lecture
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