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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Selective Attention in the Service of Reinforcement Learning: 2017 Ghiselli Lecture

Lecture | May 10 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Professor Yael Niv, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

On the face of it, most real-world world tasks are hopelessly complex from the point of view of reinforcement learning mechanisms. In particular, due to the "curse of dimensionality", even the simple task of crossing the street should, in principle, take thousands of trials to learn to master. But we are better than that.. How does our brain do it? In this talk I will argue that the limited...   More >

Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

Lecture | May 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Max Bergholz, James M. Stanford Professorship in Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination...   More >

Between the Scholar and the Public Intellectual: The University in the Contemporary African Context

Lecture | May 10 | 5-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Mahmood Mamdani, Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makere University, Uganda; Visiting Scholar, The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

 The Program in Critical Theory

Mahmood Mamdani is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) at Makere University in Uganda. He received his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Department of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he was also director of the Institute of...   More >