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April 20, 2017
INconversation with Alan Lightman
Join us for a conversation with author, Alan Lightman about the connections between STEM and humanities.
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A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. Its poetic vignettes explore the connections between science and art, the process of creativity and the tender fragility of human existence. It’s the kind of genre-defying book that is possible only at the intersection of the humanities (literature, history, philosophy) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

That’s why Indiana Humanities is pleased to welcome author Alan Lightman to Indianapolis to kick off our new thematic initiative, Quantum Leap. Join us as we talk with Alan, author of many acclaimed books, plays and essays, about the links between the physical and metaphysical worlds and discover how a physicist becomes a National Book Award finalist and humanities professor at MIT. Conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, director of Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, with a book signing to follow. You can pre-order a copy of Einstein’s Dreams when you register or bring your favorite dog-eared copy from home. Book sales are provided by Indy Reads Books, and all proceeds support the cause of adult literacy in central Indiana.

Alan Lightman is a novelist, essayist, physicist and educator. He is the author of many acclaimed works, including the National Book Award finalists Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology and is currently Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This event is proudly presented in partnership with the daVinci Pursuit and Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

April 20, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm