Thursdays at Byrum

Thursdays at Byrum HallThe Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions invite faculty and staff to Thursdays at the Porter B. Byrum Welcome and Admissions Center on Oct. 24.

A wine and cheese reception will run from 4-4:30 p.m., followed by a program from 4:30-5:15 p.m. that will feature Neil DeVotta and Phoebe Zerwick.

DeVotta, an associate professor of politics and international affairs, will analyze the rise in countries that are neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian and the strategies adopted by political elites that ensure such soft-authoritarianism.

Zerwick, a lecturer in English, will screen and discuss portions of “The Story of My Life,” a multimedia documentary that tells the stories of six intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in photography, visual art and spoken and written word.