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03/14/2008

M.L.A. Lecture Series to Feature Scholar Alan Lightman


ROCK HILL, S.C. - This year’s Hornsby Master of Liberal Arts Lecture Series welcomes renowned scholar and author Alan Lightman to campus March 26-27. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.

A theoretical physicist and writer, Lightman is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Einstein’s Dreams," "Ghost" and "The Diagnosis," a finalist for the National Book Award. Lightman will lecture on how artists and scientists see the world.

According to David Rankin, director of the M.L.A. program, "Lightman’s ability to complement his knowledge of science and art with clear and graceful language makes him an articulate and intellectually provocative lecturer – ideal for Winthrop’s M.L.A. program and for the Hornsby Lecture Series."

Lightman’s featured lecture, "At the Crossroads of Science and the Arts," will be held March 26 at 8 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

The lecture series is made possible by an endowment given by Clarence and Lynn ’70 Hornsby during the university’s first capital campaign.

The M.L.A. program, established in 1989, is an interdisciplinary graduate program based on the philosophy that fundamental human questions cannot be answered from a traditional, single-discipline focused master’s degree.

For more information, contact the M.L.A. office at 803/323-2368.


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