Ileana Perez Velázquez, Professor of Music, will present the third of six talks in the 2020 Faculty Lecture Series. Perez Velázquez received her B.A. in piano and composition from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA), Havana, Cuba in 1987. After obtaining her Master’s in 1995 in electroacoustic music from Dartmouth College Perez Velázquez began her doctoral studies at Indiana University. Winning several national composition awards in Cuba, Perez Velázquez’s music has been heard in concerts and international festivals in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, and throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
The aim of the Faculty Lecture Series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. All lectures will be followed by a reception in the Thompson Biology Lounge. The lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming talks:
March 5 Julie Blackwood, Department of Mathematics, “Diseases, invasive species, and other ecological systems: insights from mathematical models”
March 12 Matt Carter, Department of Biology, “The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Full”
March 19 Jessica Fisher, Department of English, “The Faraway Brought Close”: Poetry and the Work of Feeling”
The Faculty Lecture Series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.