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Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer Series

Fall 2017 Lineup

How Math Can Help You in Unexpected Ways

Catherine Roberts, American Mathematical Society

October 5 (Thursday) | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 109 HLC

Dr. Roberts uses math to understand important environmental challenges. She will describe some of the ways math is being used to help our planet. She will also describe how a broad, liberal arts training in college prepared her for a  project involving white-water rafting through the Grand Canyon. This is a general audience talk, perfectly suitable for everyone (in other words, no equations!).

Catherine A. Roberts grew up on Cape Cod and has a doctorate in applied math from Northwestern University. She spent 24 years as a college math professor, most recently at Holy Cross here in Worcester. She is now the Executive Director at the American Mathematical Society, the professional association for research mathematics. She lives nearby with her husband and their two sons are away at college.

Medieval Martial Arts:  Fact, Fantasy, and Film

Ken Mondschein, Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

November 2 (Thursday) | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | 109 HLC

What was sword fighting really like in the Middle Ages?  Dr. Mondschein will give an overview of medieval arms and armor technology, and explain the difference between the way sword fighting was done historically and theatrical fencing.  Moreover, he will demonstrate how to really use the knightly longsword!

Ken Mondschein received a doctorate in history from Fordham University.  His academic specialty is the study of medieval and Renaissance fencing treatises. The author of numerous books and articles, he is also a fencing master.  Dr. Mondschein taught fencing at the Higgins Armory Museum from 2009-2013, and is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts.