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Phelps Colloquium

The Phelps Colloquium was initiated in April 2004 as “Lunch with the Provost” by former provost Chuck Phelps, who sought to create a relaxed setting in which faculty and academic leaders from across the University could learn about interesting research and scholarship and interact with colleagues outside their normal spheres. Phelps’ idea was that this cross-campus mingling would engender more multi-disciplinary collaborations. Although no official data exist regarding that outcome, the Phelps Colloquium has developed a reputation for fascinating topics and high quality speakers that one faculty member recently called “routinely the best, most interesting and engaging talks I go to.” President Seligman named the colloquium in Chuck Phelps' honor upon his retirement in 2007. 

Phelps Colloquium Series 2013-2014

October 3, 2013
"What you should know about stock volatility (and how that might
help you sleep better at night...)"

G. William Schwert, Professor, Finance and Statistics
Faculty Club, 4 to 5:30 pm

November 7, 2013
"21st Century Tools for 19th Century Nanotechnology: 
Understanding and Conserving the Daguerreotype
Nicholas Bigelow, Professor Physics

Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, 4 to 5:30 pm

December 12, 2013
"To MOOC or Not to MOOC?  Opportunities and
Perils in Online Teaching"
Mark Bocko, Professor and Chair, Computer and Electrical Engineering
John Covach, Professor and Chair, Department of Music
Eric Fredericksen, Associate Vice President for Online Learning
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall, 4 to 5:30 pm

January 9, 2014
"Claude Debussy, a Diplomat's Commission, and
Rush Rhees Library"

Marie Rolf, Professor, Music Theory and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Eastman School of Music
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, 4 to 5:30 pm

February 27, 2014
"Reducing Racial and Socioeconomic School Inquities: 
Interdistrict Choice in Rochester and Beyond"

Kara Finnigan, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership
Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall, 4 to 5:30 pm

April 3, 2014
"Why do so many support organ donation
yet so few actually sign up?"

Christopher Barry, Associate Professor, Clinical Surgery
Bausch & Lomb Parlor, Memorial Art Gallery, 4 to 5:30 pm


2013 Phelps Program
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2013-2014 Phelps Program


Chuck Phelps