English Language & Literature
Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University professor in philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, will present the 2007 Frederic Ives Carpenter Lectures. In this series of three lectures, titled “Ethics in a World of Strangers,” Professor Appiah will speak about “Global Citizenship” (on Monday, May 21), “Understanding Moral Disagreement” (on Wednesday, May 23) and “The Cosmopolitanism of W. E. B. Du Bois” (on Friday, May 25). A renowned philosopher, cultural critic, editor and novelist, Appiah is the author of many books, which include: In My Father’s House, Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (with Amy Gutmann), The Ethics of Identity, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers and the forthcoming Experiments in Ethics. People who may need assistance should call (773) 702-8536 in advance.
Oriental Institute Museum
This exhibition will present the distinctive artistic traditions of the Persian city of Rayy. Predecessor of today’s Tehran, Rayy was renowned for its famous glazed ceramics and its prominent position at the crossroads of major trade routes in Iran. The collection of ceramics on view in the exhibit dates from the 12th to the 14th centuries A.D. The ceramic fragments come from vessels that range from etched cooking pots to brightly colored luxury ware. All fragments reflect the culture’s fascination with decoration in many aspects of everyday life and link the patterns of life at Rayy to an Islamic culture that spanned the Middle East. The curators have assembled about 150 of the pieces and 30 exquisite watercolors made to illustrate whole pots. The watercolors are matched with a number of the pieces. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call (773) 702-9514.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
The dual performances that comprise Mass Appeal: A Three Choir Festival will take place 8 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. James Kallembach and Paul French will conduct the combined choirs of Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Choir and the William Ferris Chorale along with organists Thomas Weisflog and Richard Hoskins.This program will feature Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle for two organs and choir, Gerald Finzi’s anthem God Is Gone Up and many other works. Each choir will sing a small sample of its standard repertoire. Tickets for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel performance range from $20 to $30 and may be purchased by calling (773) 325-2000. Tickets for the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel performance range from $10 to $20 and may be purchased by calling (773) 702-7059. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is located at 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is located at 690 W. Belmont Ave.
The Chicago Society colloquium will aim to broaden understanding of the complex effects of oil on America and the world, both economically and politically. The speakers and panelists will explore policy options for responding to the challenge oil poses for international stability. The speakers will include Michael Klare, professor in peace and world security studies in Five College and author of Blood and Oil: The Dangerous Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum; Scott Nauman, manager of economics and energy in corporate planning for ExxonMobil Corporation; David Archer, Professor in Geophysical Sciences and the College; and many others. The keynote address will be made by Alan Hegburg, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Energy Policy. For the complete conference schedule, visit http://chicagosociety.uchicago.edu/petroleum/proceedings.html.