Space exploration is the first topic in series highlighting homegrown talent
(January 27, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart and William Smith Colleges are expanding their reputation as hosts for insightful lecturers by culling the expert orators already in their midst. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, The Provost's Faculty Speakers series gets under way, featuring HWS professors and instructors at the podium. The talks will be held at 5 p.m. in Stern Hall 103, and are open to faculty, students, staff and the Geneva community. A reception will follow each event.
“Hobart and William Smith Colleges bring many fine speakers to campus from all parts of the world and all walks of life,” says HWS Provost and Dean of Faculty Patricia Stranahan, who initiated the series. “While I think this is an extremely important part of our intellectual life, I also believe that we need to celebrate our own talented faculty.”
This semester, four representatives of the Colleges' intellectual community–an emeritus professor, a professor, an adjunct professor and the chaplain–will speak on topics centered around the theme “Convictions.”
Professor Emeritus Allan Melvin Russell presents the first talk, titled “Moon and Beyond: The Future of Earthly Life in the Solar System.” Russell will discuss how space exploration has changed what it means to be human, and why President Bush's initiative to take us back to the moon is of such great importance.
The other three speakers are:
• Professor Yamuna Sangarasivam, who will discuss “Racism and Terrorism: Old Fears as New Anxieties” on Tuesday, March 2
• Professor Daniel McGowan, who will talk about “RighteousJews.org–Proactive, Political and Provocative” on Tuesday, March 30
• Chaplain Lesley Adams, who will present “The Problem and Promise of Strongly Held Beliefs” on Tuesday, April 20.