This Week at CUA

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By Anna Harvey

Happy Friday, Cardinals! After a brief break, we are back to bring you the latest edition of “This Week at CUA,” a short news brief catching you up on the highlights of the last week. This edition will cover news from February 11-18. 

On Friday, February 11, Dr. Abbie Watnik of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory spoke at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science’s Spring 2022 seminar. The talk addressed “an overview of techniques in digital holography,” that examined challenges such as “fog, underwater scattering and strong atmospheric turbulence.”

A cappella groups put students in the Valentine’s Day spirit, starting with a riveting performance from the Washingtones in the evening of Friday, February 11. Throughout the holiday weekend, Take Note additionally approached and serenaded various students who had been gifted a brief song from their friends. 

The Super Bowl produced much angst amongst devoted friends and allies of the Bengals, although millennials would continue to celebrate the return of their favorite rappers.

On Valentine’s Day itself, the Center for Cultural Engagement held an event called “To Immigrants with Love,” which allowed students the chance to gather and talk about current issues pertaining to immigration and writing cards to elected officials to urge them to remain consistent in their actions safeguarding immigrant populations.

On Tuesday, February 15, the campus ministries of both Howard University and Catholic University gathered for a lunchtime lecture on “The Wisdom of Sr. Thea Bowman for a Church in Crisis,” given by Rev. Manuel Williams. Later that evening, College Democrats and the Young Democratic Socialists of America sponsored a “speed debating night,” where they discussed hot-button issues, playing off the theme of Valentine’s Day.

On Wednesday, February 16, the Department of History continued its Colloquium series with Professor William Thomas III, the John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, speaking on “A Question of Freedom,” primarily focusing on the recent publication of his book, A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War.

The Honors program held an event for their “A Hitchhiker’s Guide” series, this time focusing on “Mercury’s Dynamic Magnetosphere: From MESSENGER to Bepi-Colombo Era.” During the talk, research scientist Gangkai Poh described the data collected from the MESSENGER mission, which gave new insights into Mercury’s magnetosphere and environment.

Later that evening, the Young Americans for Freedom held an event as a part of their “Let’s Talk about It” series: “Crisis in Ukraine.” As a part of this series, students would come and discuss hot-button issues and give their opinions in a moderated discussion.

On Thursday, February 17, the Department of Sociology held guest speaker Dr. Harry R. Dammer to talk about “Prison Education in 2022.” The talk discussed the recent reinstitution of prison education programs and “the ​​recent history, efficacy, and challenges of such programs.” That night, Campus Ministry held their monthly “Theology on Tap” speaker, this month’s being Cardinal Gregory. 

That’s it for this week, folks!

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