Power of Arts & Sciences Event Series

Fall 2022 Events

Join Arts & Sciences for this series of virtual events celebrating the power our disciplines have to transform thinking, spread new ideas, and create changemakers. All events are free and open to the public as we hope to highlight the impact of Arts & Sciences among our worldwide network of supporters.


My 50 Years Exploring Mars: From the Viking Landers to the Perseverance Rover

7 p.m. (CDT), Wednesday, September 7

Journey with the esteemed Raymond E. Arvidson, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, as he shares his experiences and exciting discoveries from both orbited and landed robotic missions on the red planet. You’ll hear “behind the scenes” personal narratives and how studying Mars helps us better understand how to be better stewards of our world.  

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Bridging Gaps: Hometown Ervin Scholars Changing the World

5:30 p.m. (CDT), Friday, September 30

Join Arts & Sciences and Ervin Scholars alumnae Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Vice President of Social Impact at BET, NBC News and MSNBC political analyst and host of UNDISTRACTED, and Morgan DeBaun, serial entrepreneur, corporate advisor, and founder and CEO of Blavity, in a discussion moderated by Professor Rafia Zafar. This Assembly Series Event is co-sponsored by Office of the Provost and the Black Alumni Council in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Ervin Program. 

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How Disruption Drives Political Change with Clarissa Rile Hayward

4 p.m. (CDT), Thursday, October 13

Join professor of political science Clarissa Rile Hayward for a virtual Q&A session about her research into the strategic use of political disorder and its role in politics, recently featured in Ampersand magazine. Hayward is a contemporary political theorist who focuses her research on theories of power and identity, democratic theory, and American urban politics.   

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Online Rental Ads and their Impact on Housing Segregation

4 p.m. (CST), Thursday, November 10

In "The Neighborhood Branding Project," Ariela Schachter, assistant professor of sociology, combs through Craigslist ads to uncover how the online rental market reflects and intensifies inequality along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. In this virtual event, Schachter will answer questions about the project and elaborate on her work, recently featured in the Ampersand magazine article, "What big data reveals about modern-day segregation."

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Recordings from Previous Events