September 22, at 12:30 PM in the Library Tower North Room, Steven LoBello of the Department of Psychology will give his lecture, "Reason for Skepticism regarding Seasonal Affective Disorder?" Dr. LoBello has provided the following abstract for his lecture: Many people are aware of seasonal or winter depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very common topic in news, magazines, and on the web, particularly in winter. Our research looks at large samples distributed across the U.S. to determine if the prevalence of depression is related to seasonal changes, latitude of residence, or amount of sunlight exposure. Contrary to expectations, we found in two studies that depression is unrelated to these variables.
October 20, at 7:30 PM in the Library Tower South Room, Timothy Henderson of the Department of History will give his lecture, "Taming Religion in Turkey and Mexico, 1920-1940." Dr. Henderson has provided the following abstract for his lecture: Beginning in the 1920s, leaders in Turkey and Mexico—leaders who are frequently described as “enlightened despots” or “authoritarian populists”—undertook remarkably similar reform campaigns aimed at rapidly modernizing their war-torn countries. Mustafa Kemal in Turkey—later better known as “Ataturk”—and Plutarco Elías Calles in Mexico both identified religion as the single most important obstacle to progress, and both mounted multi-pronged efforts to eradicate it from the public sphere. Both projects sought to eliminate vestiges of the past and to substitute nationalist sentiment for religious faith. Both projects engendered resistance, though resistance was far more pervasive and violent in Mexico. Both projects helped lay the groundwork for the emergence of dictatorial single-party states.