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Lecture: Humanizing science with history and art

The lecture is in conjunction with the Liberal Arts through the AGES exhibition on display through Feb. 15

January  15, 2014

Dr. Pangratios Papacosta, professor of physics at Columbia College Chicago, will speak on "Enriching Science with its History/Biography and with the Arts" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22 in Larson Hall, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Ave., Rock Island). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Papacosta earned his master's in history of science and Ph.D. in physics at the University of London. In his talk, he will discuss how integrating elements of history and art in the teaching of science can humanize science and dissolve disciplinary barriers. Dr. Papacosta has been using this method in his teaching for more than 25 years. He has written extensively about this novel practice and spoken about its effectiveness at national and international conferences, often as keynote speaker.

Professor Papacosta's approach resonates well with the interdisciplinary philosophy behind Liberal Arts through the AGES, integrating original art in Augustana's first-year curriculum. Dr. Catherine Carter Goebel, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts, professor and chair of art history, has led this project since its inception 10 years ago.

"Envisioning and building a teaching collection and collaborative project to engage faculty and students across the curriculum has been exciting and validating," Dr. Goebel said. "I'm delighted this project also enriches local and international communities."

Dr. Papacosta added, "Such unorthodox pedagogy stimulates thinking outside the box in an integrative manner that leads to innovation and the birth of creative ideas and new knowledge."

Professor Papacosta's presentation is co-sponsored by the departments of art history and physics, with support from the biology department. A reception will follow in the art museum's Liberal Arts through the AGES exhibition: From Anthropology through Zoology: The Fine Art of the Liberal Arts. The exhibition catalogue, edited by Dr. Goebel, includes essays written by faculty and students across the curriculum on exhibited artwork ranging historically from ancient through contemporary across six continents. The project is primarily supported through the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu