Willamette U Think opens with Lady Gaga talk

Willamette University will kick off its U Think pub series on Tuesday night with a talk about Lady Gaga. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Brown’s Towne Lounge with sessions each second Tuesday of the month through April 2012, the series will feature topics from the sciences and humanities.

“Science Pub has been a fun way to share Willamette faculty expertise with the community, and OMSI has been a fantastic partner,” said spokesperson Adam Torgerson. "Given all of the interesting work our professors do across the university’s undergraduate college and three graduate schools, U Think provides an opportunity to bring a more diverse series to Salem.”

On July 12, U Think will feature Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies Amber Davisson. Davisson will discuss the strategies Lady Gaga uses to craft her image and will consider the message underlying Lady Gaga's precipitously high heels.

“While many celebrities today make the news for drug abuse or relationship problems, Lady Gaga has shown an impressive ability to manage her image and stay on the front page,” says Davisson. “In the past few years, she has boasted more Twitter followers than the president and has found a place on Forbes’ and Time’s lists of most influential people.”

Brown's Towne Lounge is open to adults 21 and over, and it is in the heart of downtown Salem at 189 Liberty St. NE. Willamette U Think is free, so arrive early to eat, drink and ensure you get a seat.