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SPECIAL EVENT: Meliora Weekend 

Since its founding in 1850, the University of Rochester has been one of the most central hubs of activity in this city. Each year for its annual parents and alumni reunion weekend, which the university blankets under the term "Meliora Weekend," that hub seems to explode with a surplus of people, events, and ideas. While this weekend usually includes shows for the UR community by a variety of performance groups on campus, many free, informative, and interesting lectures open to the public also abound.

Topics vary widely, but here are some of the 2012 highlights:

With the national presidential election looming, politics is high on the list of discussion topics. On Saturday, October 13, at 2 p.m. Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and history, and David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration, will discuss the candidates and the issues in "Election 2012: What's at Stake?" in Hubbell Auditorium.

For all the Giants fans out there, you may be excited to hear that former linebacker Harry Carson will be a featured panelist in the Miller's Court discussion entitled "Intercollegiate Athletics – Who Are They Playing For?" The forum takes place in Hubbell Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. Along with Carson, panelists will include Dana Jacobson, former sports anchorwoman for ESPN, Michael D. Maloney, professor of orthopedics at U of R and team physician for the Red Wings, and others.

If you're a little more arts-minded, take a look at the Presidential Symposium on "The Humanities, Artistic Expression, and the Digital Age: Innovation and Opportunities." The lecture takes place on Saturday, October 13, at 2 p.m. in Strong Auditorium and will feature professors from MIT, Duke, and Florida International University (Stanley Fish of FIU pictured).

For more information visit or call 273-5888.

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