Roosevelt University’s Montesquieu Forum will present a lecture by New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik on “The Humanities as the Foundation of the Sciences” at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Auditorium Building’s seventh-floor Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Ave., in downtown Chicago.
Gopnik is well known for his inventive and incisive essays as well as his books on modern life, especially as lived out in France where he was named a Knight of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French government in 2012.
Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of the Montesquieu Forum’s Galileo/Shakespeare Conference, which is celebrating the 450th anniversary of the births of Galileo and Shakespeare and continuing to reflect on the relationship between the humanities and the sciences.
A collaborative initiative by Roosevelt University and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the Galileo/Shakespeare conference continues on Friday, Nov. 14 with a series of lectures at IIT’s McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium, 3201 South State Street, Chicago. The lineup includes:
- Victoria Kahn, the Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair in English at the University of California at Berkeley, who will lecture on “Thomas Hobbes: Revolution in the Making” at 9 a.m.;
- David Wootton, the Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York, who will speak on “Galileo and the Scientific Revolution” at 10:30 a.m.;
- Following a free lunch, Mary Nichols, professor of political science at Baylor University will speak on “Antony and Cleopatra’s ‘New Heaven, New Earth’” at 1 p.m.;
- Benjamin Lynerd, Montesquieu Forum Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Political Thought, will discuss “Galileo, Shakespeare and the Atlantic Enlightenment” at 2:30 p.m.
A reception will follow the lecture series. For more information, contact Stuart Warner, RU associate professor of philosophy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.