October 2010 Archives

Wed., Oct. 27, 4:15 PM -- Founders Room, 2nd Floor, Honnold/Mudd Library
Laura Skandera Trombley, President of Pitzer College

In his last decade, Mark Twain's writings took a sharp turn in tone from colorful satire to outright bitterness. Some people point to the death of his wife and two of his daughters, but in her 1994 book, Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Laura Skandera Trombley decided to focus on a hidden figure: Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. In her latest book, Mark Twain's Other Woman, President Skandera Trombley describes Twain's relationship with Lyon--who might variously be described as Twain's companion, secretary, and nurse--and how that relationship went from dependency to Twain's furious and public denunciation of Lyon.

This lecture is free, open to all, and is followed by discussion and light refreshments.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz

It's Open Access (OA) Week @ Claremont

OA articles and images are online, freely accessible, and free from copyright restrictions. Enter the coloring contest to win an iPod Shuffle, attend the panel discussion on OA publishing opportunities at the 7Cs, or check out our OA website for more info on finding OA resources.

FMI: See our guide to Open Access or email Allegra Gonzalez

Library Open Regular Hours During Fall Break

Free Concert by Anonymous 4 in Little Bridges

Tues., Oct. 12, 8 PM

This program by the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 will combine pieces from two of their CDs, "A Medieval Ladymass," containing British chant and polyphony in honor of the Virgin Mary, and "Gloryland" filled with sacred music from the American folk tradition.

Anonymous 4 has performed in major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia and has sold over two million albums.

Sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library/Claremont University Consortium through the Seymour Memorial Concert Fund with support from the Pomona College Music Department.

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FMI on Anonymous 4

FMI on the Concert or on the Library's Seymour Memorial Concert Fund

Claremont Discourse: Robots for All!

Thursday, October 7th, 4:15pm - Honnold/Mudd Library, Founders Room
Zachary Dodds, Professor of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College

Once the purview of science fiction, machines that "think" for themselves are now so common that we no longer even give them a second thought. But machines that "act" for themselves are much less common - and less capable. This difficulty comes largely in sensing how the robot gathers data about a its surroundings. To date, robot sensors have offered a trade-off between expense and complexity. Direct scans of an environment are expensive, but easy to interpret. On the other hand, a camera's images are almost free, but they are much more challenging to put to use. Zachary Dodds, Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College, whose specialty is vision and artificial intelligence, will look at some of the current challenges in visual sensing for robots. In addition, he'll talk about recent progress in visual sensing and other areas of robotics that has made "Robots for all!" start to seem more plausible for the near future.

Light refreshments will be provided.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz

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