On Campus, A Taste of A&S Rewrite

Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:00am to 1:00pm
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N201 Memorial Union

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A Taste of Arts and Science is getting a new name and being rolled into our statewide community engagement series, Beyond Campus. Please join us for a fun, educational morning where you'll hear from the following five faculty members about topics that are dear to them.

The day will begin with a light breakfast, and it will wrap up with lunch and the final topic of the day.

Admission is $35/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

  • Contact Amanda Cook at 573-884-4482 to pay with credit card or
  • Please make checks payable to University of Missouri and mail them to College of Arts and Science, 317 Lowry Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address, and remember to list the name of each person who will be attending.

Saturday Night Live’s Relationship with American Politics”

Heather Carver, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
Bill Horner, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science

SNL has had a long history with political satire, which Professor Carver and Professor Horner have discussed in their two books. The professors will dive into the sketch comedy show’s relationship with the current presidency along with the influence of popular television shows on American political theater.


“Writing The Bronze Drum”

Phong Nguyen, Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing, Department of English        

In this talk, author Phong Nguyen explores how the question “Why write?” evolves with the writer and with the project undertaken. In Nguyen’s own artistic journey, this has culminated in a novel about ancient Vietnam titled The Bronze Drum, from which he will read an excerpt.


“Harnessing Natural Variation and Genetics to Improve Crop Quality”

Ruthie Angelovici, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

The phrase “We are what we eat” is literally true. Nutrients from the food we eat provide the foundation of every cell in our bodies. Yet in most of our staple crops, the levels of both micro- and macronutrients are insufficient to meet our dietary requirements. For example, corn seeds are deficient in several essential amino acids that our bodies require for proper development. Angelovici’s research focuses on understanding the genetic regulation that underlies seed amino acid composition. She will discuss the approaches used in her lab to uncover the key to creating super seeds, which involve harnessing natural diversity, quantitative genetics, and high throughput phenotyping.


Topic to be announced

Joy Powell, Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theater