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NEW Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science
On Tuesday, March 11, "Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science," will be presented by Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Ph.D., associate professor of religion at Wesleyan University. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel.
In recent years, an increasing number of astro- and quantum-physicists have begun to suggest that, in addition to our universe, there might be an infinite number of others—the hypothetical compendium of which has come to be called “the multiverse.” This lecture will briefly introduce different models of the multiverse in order to address its central questions: How did an infinite number of inaccessible universes become a respectable scientific hypothesis? What distinguishes multiverse cosmologies from metaphysics, fiction, or mythology? And can these distinctions hold, or does the emergence of multiverse cosmologies herald a reconfiguration of the very categories of physics, philosophy, and religion?
Dr. Rubenstein is a member of the core faculty in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and co-director of Wesleyan’s certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. She holds a B.A. in Religion and English from Williams College, an M.Phil. in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University, where she also received a Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society.
Her primary research interests lie in the intersections of continental philosophy and the Christian intellectual tradition. Other areas of focus include gender and sexuality studies, post-colonial Christianities, and the history and philosophy of cosmology. She is the author of Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe, as well as articles on Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Derrida, negative theology, political theologies, global Anglicanism, and contemporary cosmology. Her forthcoming book, Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse, puts recent theories of the “multiverse” into conversation with ancient “many-world” cosmologies.
“Science and Religion in Modern America” is an initiative led by the McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy, George Coyne. S.J., and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne. Its principal aim is to engage members of the campus community, as well as the broader Central New York community, in a candid, respectful conversation about the complex and seemingly disparate subjects of science and religion. The central pillars of this two-year endeavor are nine public lectures by eminent scholars, which will be held over the course of three academic semesters. All of these events will be digitally recorded and made available on the McDevitt Center website.
NEW Peter Weller and the Art of Acting
Peter Weller and the Art of Acting 7:30 p.m., W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts
Peter Weller’s acting career spans four decades and includes credits for stage, film, and television. He is perhaps best known for his iconic roles as Officer Alex J. Murphy (aka Robocop) in the first two Robocop films, as Buckaroo Banzai in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension, as Bill Lee in Naked Lunch, and as Joe Hendricksson in Screamers, but he has appeared in nearly 40 films, including a recent turn as Admiral Marcus in the latest Star Trek blockbuster, Into Darkness. Weller has also made scores of appearances on television, and his work in the medium has included recurring roles as Charles Barosky on Sons of Anarchy, as Stan Liddy on Dexter, and as Christopher Henderson on 24.
In addition to being a gifted and accomplished actor, he is an Academy Award nominated director (for his live action short film Partners) and a budding academic, who is about to receive his Ph.D. in Art History from UCLA. And if RateMyProfessors.com is any indication, Weller—who has taught courses in Art History at Syracuse University—is a phenomenal teacher. Weller will discuss his career and the art of acting, then take questions from the audience.
Tickets are $10 for general admission. (Free to SU students and the Le Moyne community -- these free tickets will be made available at the door one hour prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.)
An essay by Dr. Linda LeMura, LeMoyne College Provost, appeared in The Post Standard on Dec. 25, 2013. The essay describes the trips to New York City which are an integral part of the first-year seminar experience at Le Moyne. Dr. LeMura wrote:
During the first three weekends in November, more than 350 first-year students at Le Moyne College traveled to New York City to explore its museums, attend its theater, study its architecture, wander in its public parks and gardens, and marvel at the scope, diversity, and history of New York.
These trips were a part of their first-year seminar experience - courses designed to introduce students to the rigors of academia and to excite them about complex histories and ideas. Le Moyne students stood before Van Goghs and Renoirs; they toured Grand Central Station and the Tenement Museum; they listened to Broadway ballads in Times Square and they dined on matzah-ball soup at Katz's deli. The essay is continued here
Le Moyne Student Gains Invaluable Experience at Conference on U.S. Affairs
James Kellaher ’14 honed his communications, critical thinking and negotiating skills when he served as Le Moyne’s inaugural delegate to the Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA). Held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, SCUSA is the most prestigious event of its kind. Each year approximately 200 undergraduates from over 100 colleges and universities attend the conference, where they debate and formulate solutions to significant national and global challenges while working alongside one scholar and one policy maker. Read more here
Le Moyne College History Alumna is Making a Contribution to Native American History
Amy Kostine '10 is the Trail of Tears Project Historian at the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Kostine has worked closely with the National Park Service and the Trail of Tears Association in the nine states the trail covers. She understands the need for educating younger generations of students about the trail. In addition, Kostine is working on other projects that the Center for Historic Preservation has underway such as a certified site, brochure, kiosk, and exhibit panels. Read more here
Le Moyne Senior Returns With Lessons From Thailand
When Emily Powers ’13 traveled to Asia this summer to research the impact that globalizing influences have had on the social and cultural norms among a people of Northern Thailand, the Akha, she had one aim: to grow. It’s safe to say that she succeeded. Powers was one of five students selected from Deborah Tooker’s Research in Anthropology course who lived among the Akha people and conducted research funded by the Freeman Foundation through ASIANetwork, a consortium of approximately 160 North American Colleges that strives to strengthen the role of Asian studies in liberal arts education. Read more here
For more information on the ASIANetwork and details about the trip, click here.
Le Moyne Named One of “Best 378 Colleges” by The Princeton Review
For the first time ever, Le Moyne College has been ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to “The Best 378 Colleges,” the 2014 college guide released on August 6th. In achieving the national ranking, Le Moyne joins the ranks of some of the most elite institutions in the U.S. In addition, Le Moyne is one of 45 institutions included in the guide's "Great Schools for Accounting Majors" list. Read more here
Team of Le Moyne Students Recognized in 2013 “Effies”
The Department of Communication and Film Studies had a team of three Le Moyne students that placed in the top five of the 2013 Collegiate Effie Advertising Competition. The Le Moyne entry – “Drink Less, Be More” – was submitted by the team of Kayla Lombardoni, Cara Greenslade, and Petra Novotna, who are in the Advertising Issues and Practices class taught by Ann Allen. Three Students Receive Prestigious National Honors It’s the time of year that national awards are presented to students – and three of Le Moyne’s best and brightest have recently been honored by various organizations. Read more here
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