Dam Safety 2012 Conference
Security threats to dams, including cyberthreats, will be a major focus of this Denver conference; other topics range from fish migration to levee safety policy to extreme events. Sunday-Friday, Colorado Convention Center. Full nonmember registration $825. damsafety.org.
Siting Julia: A Julia Child Centenary Symposium
Speaking about the late chef will be one of her co-authors, writers of works on Child and a woman who helped equip her TV kitchen and knew her well. Friday, 9:15 a.m. at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Cambridge, Mass. Live webcast: radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-siting-julia-symposium.
Salman Rushdie at the New York Public Library
"Joseph Anton," the novelist's memoir of how he survived the death sentence announced by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, will be published Tuesday. Thursday, Mr. Rushdie will discuss his experiences with Paul Holdengräber. A free NYPL event at 7 p.m. nypl.org/live2012.
Awarding the Ig Nobel Prizes
The prizes celebrate achievements that "first make people laugh, then make them think," according to event organizers. (One 2011 prize went to the study "No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise.") Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Harvard's Sanders Theater, Cambridge, Mass. Webcast: improbable.com.