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Gonzaga Scholars Clayton, Kincanon to Discuss ‘What Can We Learn from Galileo’ March 18

Posted on March 5, 2014 in: Academics, Events, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Lectures
(from left) Professors Eric Kincanon and Brian Clayton.

(from left) Gonzaga Professors Eric Kincanon and Brian Clayton.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s popular “What Can We Learn?” lecture series, which focuses on valuable lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this spring with the topic, “What Can We Learn from Galileo?” The free public event starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

Gonzaga faculty members Brian Clayton, associate professor of philosophy, and Eric Kincanon, professor of physics, will provide insights into Galileo. Professor Clayton will emphasize the contrast between the Galileo “legend” and the historical “reality,” while Professor Kincanon will focus on Galileo’s strikingly wide-ranging contributions to science.

The series is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau in his capacity as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities.

Professor Clayton joined Gonzaga’s faculty in 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (1978), a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame (1980), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Notre Dame (1987). He is a tenured associate professor, having been promoted in 1993.

Kincanon joined Gonzaga’s faculty in 1987.  He earned from University of Missouri at Columbia a bachelor’s degree (1982), master’s degree (1985) and Ph.D. (1987). He is a tenured professor, having been promoted in 1997.

This marks the 10th consecutive year of this lecture series, which has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, John Muir and Aldo Leopold, Herodotus and Thucydides, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and St. Ignatius of Loyola. The most recent event in this series, presented Oct. 24, 2013, was titled, “What Can We Learn from Feminism?”

For more information, please contact Professor Wayne Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via email.

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