Beyond Campus—Bringing MU to St. Lou in 2017

Beyond Campus St. Louis series poster

Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome. 

To register for any of these events, or if you have questions, please contact Amanda Cook at 573-884-4482 or

Monday, February 20

Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Cortex, Havana Room (see below*)

Prof. J.C. Pires, Biological Sciences
"Evolution for Everyone: Darwin's Radical Idea"
Darwin’s radical idea was not the process of natural selection, but that species are related by common ancestry. In other words, that Aristotle’s ladder of life should be replaced by an evolutionary tree that scientists call a phylogeny. We will explore how phylogenetic tree thinking impacts our everyday life with examples from forensics, medicine, and agriculture.

Tuesday, April 18

Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Cortex, Havana Room (see below*)

Assoc. Prof. Joanna Hearne, English
"Digital Storytelling—the Newest and Fastest-Growing Major in A&S
Digital storytelling combines ancient practices of narrative with computer-based technologies in a variety of media—including images, text, audio and video, animation, and networked communication. Program Director Joanna Hearne shares the story of digital storytelling at Mizzou and invites us to think about how certain forms of media, such as animation, can help communities tell their stories.

Asst. Teaching Prof. Joseph Erb, Art
"From Digital Storytelling to Lightning Paper: Telling Ancient Stories at the Speed of Light"
Digital storytelling faculty member Joseph Erb is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an artist working in digital animation. He created the first computer-animated film and the first planetarium show in a Native American language and led major projects—working closely with Apple and later with Microsoft, Google, and FaceBook—to embed the Cherokee syllabary on the iPhone, iPad, and social media sites as well as Gmail and the search engine Google. He will talk about animating traditional stories in Cherokee and share insights from his recent work designing Cherokee language fonts for digital platforms.

Thursday, June 1 (Sorry! Sold out.)

Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.

James S. McDonnell Planetarium, 5100 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis

Prof. Angela Speck, Physics and Astronomy
"Eclipse of a Generation: Don't Get Left Out of the Dark!"
On Aug. 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from a large swath of the U.S., and much of Missouri will have a front-row seat. This is the first total solar eclipse across the Midwest in nearly a century, and the first one to be seen from Missouri since 1869 (the first in the St Louis area since 1442). Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy at MU, will explain why solar eclipses happen, why this one is such a big deal, and how to observe them safely. Attendees will recieve a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses, while supplies last.

Tuesday, September 12

Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Cortex, Havana Room (see below*)

Asst. Professor Julija Šukys, English
"Writing the Real"
Šukys’s work has taken her across Siberia, to Israel, all over Europe and North America, and on imagined voyages to the Sahara desert. She has spent hundreds of hours not only reading the diaries and letters of the dead but also in conversation with the living. In each of her three books (Silence is Death, Epistolophilia, and the forthcoming Siberian Exile), Šukys follows the traces of her subjects—a writer, a Holocaust rescuer, and her own grandmother—and resurrects the stories of small, forgotten lives. The author will read from her work and talk about how and why writers write from reality.

Tuesday, November 14

Reception 6:00 p.m., presentation 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Cortex, Havana Room (see below*)

Prof. Michael Budds, Music
"Why The Beatles Matter"
More than 50 years ago, American popular music in the form of rock and roll was ironically given a fresh boost of energy in the second decade of its existence by foreigners: four lads from Liverpool! In a remarkably short span of time, the Beatles made an indelible impression on American youth and music history. Nonetheless, their rather brief career unfolded in a way unexpected for popular musicians: their music, thanks to the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney and the talent of producer George Martin, evolved from innocent teenaged love songs to powerful anthems with social and political implications—making the emotional journey from holding hands to revolution. In the process, their musical materials grew from electric guitars and drums to the classical tradition of India, the orchestral instruments of the fine-art realm, and studio effects. In fact, their example greatly expanded the expressive possibilities of rock and roll.

For a few stolen moments, accompany Budds on “a magical mystery tour” and remember the tempestuous 1960s by sampling the evergreen songs of the Beatles. Their claim on history, it will be argued, is based on their roles as innovators, refiners, and popularizers. Roll over, Beethoven! Do you want to know a secret?

Location information for events at Cortex: 

Havana Room, 4240 Duncan Ave., Ste. 200, Cortex Innovation Community.
Click here for directions to Cortex. Once inside @4240, to get to Havana, take the elevator to the second floor, then go left and the room will be on your left.

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