Sep. 24, 2018
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences continues its signature lecture series this fall with the 2018-19 season of the Pryor Center Presents.
The series is part of the Pryor Center’s expanded mission of education, research and outreach. It will showcase some of the most fascinating research coming from Fulbright College’s faculty, the Arkansas community and beyond.
All events are free and open to the public, and will take place at the Pryor Center, at 1 E. Center Street in Fayetteville.
The series kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, with “Pryor Center Presents: The Brain and Music,” featuring the Department of Music’s Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, distinguished professor of music theory and cognition.
Margulis will discuss what neuroscience can teach us about music, what music can teach us about the brain, and how this research is inspiring new machines, tools and interventions that will affect health and society.
The series continues at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, with “Pryor Center Presents: Measuring, Comparing, and Explaining Arkansas’s Partisan Earthquake,” featuring the Department of Political Science’s Janine A. Parry.
Although few people outside its borders knew it, Arkansas was among the most Democratic states in the country until 2010, according to Parry. The Democrats held all seven statewide executive offices and almost 75 percent of state legislative seats. About 100,000 more Democratic than Republican votes had been cast in the most recent presidential primary.
Then – in just three election cycles: 2010, 2012 and 2014 – Arkansas’ political world was upended. But how does Arkansas’ partisan earthquake compare to those in other states at other times? Parry, professor of political science and founder of the 20-year-old Arkansas Poll, will offer insight into measuring, comparing and explaining the state’s swift transformation by considering it …