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February 29, 2008

Upcoming Nexus discussions focus on Social Science Research March 3

The educational and cultural Chautauqua Nexus series continues its 2008 spring semester roster with scheduled discussions in early to mid-March.

ULM’s Social Science Research Lab will lead Monday, March 3rd’s presentation, titled “Perspectives on Economic and Cultural Development.” The SSRL will address two issues: the relationship between economic and cultural development, and how a research and development based economy impacts both measures.

Monica Bontty will discuss “Ancient Christianities” Thursday, March 6, leading “an introduction to the development of Orthodox and Non Orthodox Christianities and the importance of the Gospels of Mary, Thomas and Judas.”

On Thursday, March 13, Phillip Greenwood will speak about “The Ring and its Power: A study of Richard Wagner’s opera cycle and how it shaped the twentieth century.” The talk will specifically focus on Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen” opera cycle and its effects upon music and politics, especially its full repercussions during World War II.

Nexus presentations are free, informal and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend. ULM FRYS students are encouraged to attend and sign in.

“The Nexus is an opportunity for intellectual and cultural exchange,” said Joe McGahan, ULM psychology professor and Chautauqua Nexus organizer. “This year we're focusing on a change in scheduling (with Mondays being the primary meeting day) intended to free us to develop a think tank, or multiple think tanks, that, like the Nexus, will build on the cultural resources of our community. Whereas the Nexus series will continue to be about virtually any topic that people find interesting, the think tank will focus on economic security and economic development—to a large extent, we’d like to focus on the potential of research and development.”

For more information call (318) 342-1338 or go to for the complete schedule of upcoming Chautauqua Nexus events.

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