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The Institute for the Liberal Arts

ILA Symposium

institute for the liberal arts


Saturday, October 29, 2011
Heights Room
8:30 am - 5:15 pm

At this day-long symposium, four important speakers will share their views of the role of science in liberal arts education and society. This Event is free and open to the public.



Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker
Steven Pinker, Harvard University
Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia
Brian Greene, Columbia University


To RSVP required by 10/21 to
For more information regarding this event, call 617.552.6930.


Liberal Arts Symposium Puts Spotlight on

A look at the 2011 ILA Symposium by Tanner Edwards of The Heights.



8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m.

Session 1 – Man in the Anthropocene
Elizabeth Kolbert

Introduced by: Gail Kineke, Chairperson,
Earth & Environmental Sciences

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Session 2 – The History of Violence
Steven Pinker

Introduced by: Thomas Chiles, Chairperson,
Biology Department

12:30 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Session 3 – The Technocultural Imagination: We Can't
Understand Culture (or Anything) without Science

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Introduced by: John Gallaugher, the Carroll School of
Management, Department of Information Systems

3:30 p.m.


3:45 p.m.

Session 4 – Why Science Matters
Brian Greene

Introduced by: Michael Naughton, Chairperson,
Physics Department

5:15 p.m.