Arts and Sciences Day Colloquium

From 1992 to 2000, I was the William S. Barnickel Chair in the Natural Sciences. The Arts and Sciences Dean assembled the six endowed chairs, five of whom filled newly created positions, and asked whether there was any collective contribution the group could make. I suggested that we organize a colloquium to celebrate the College of Arts and Sciences. I applied to the college and obtained funding. I prepared another funding request in 1993 that assured funding for the rest of the period.

While I was primaaaaarily responsible for the idea and the funding, all the chairs cooperated in this endeavor as did the endowed chairs' secretary, Betty Andrews. The following is a comprehensive alphabetical list of chairs (and there was turnover between 1992 and 2000): Richard J. Blackwell (Philosophy), James F. Bohman (Philosophy), Terrence E. Dempsey (Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Fine and performing Arts), James T. Fisher (Theological Studies), Belden C. Lane (Theological Studies and American Studies), Brian J. Mitchell (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences), Mark E. Neely, Jr. (History and American Studies), Elizabeth I Perry and Lewis C. Perry (History and American Studies), John Renard (Theological Studies), Thomas A. Shippey (English), William Stark (Biology) and Eleonore Stump (Philisophy)

1993
War and peace in the twentieth century: Seventy-five years after the armistice of World War I


Can a pacifist talk about war?
Stanley Hauerwas
Professor of Theological Ethics
Divinity School
Duke University

Verification of nuclear test ban treaties: A mix of politics and science
Paul C. Richards
Mellon Professor of Natural Sciences
Columbia University

The World War, the armistice, and the Wilsonian revolution in American foreign policy
Lawrence E. Gelfand
Professor of History
University of Iowa



1994
Reaping what we have sown: Our changing environment


The environment, the cascade of knowledge, and the human prospect
Thomas E. Malone
Distinguished University ScholarNorth Carolina State University

The wilderness ideal in Canada and the United States
David Worster
Hall Distinguished Professor of American History
University of Kansas

Ethnobotany: Its role in Amazonian environmental Conservation
Richard Evans Schultes
Edward Charles Jeffrey Professor of Biology
Director Emeritus of the Botanical Museum
Harvard University

Enviromnental justice
James Sterba
Professor of Philosophy
Faculty Fellow in the Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame

1995
Academic freedom and academic responsibility


Jude P. Dougherty
Professor of Philosophy
Dean, School of Philosophy
Catholic University of America

Anti-science at the brain-behavior interface
Frederick K. Goodwin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Dean, Center on Neuroscience, Behavior and Society
George Washington University Medical Center

Liberating truth
Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ
Professor of Theology
President
Georgetown University

1996
Race, gender, intelligence: Biology or politics


Intelligence, race, science and politics
Leon J. Kamin
Professor of Psychology
Northeastern University Boston

Gender as a social construct and the stigmata
Paula Kane
Professor of Religious Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Conceptions of racism
Leonard Harris
Professor of Philosophy
Director of the African American Studies and Research Center
Purdue University

1997
Future hopes, future fears


Hemorrhagic fevers of the future
Clarence Peters, MD PodCast
Chief, Special Pathogens Branch
Centers for Disease Control Atlanta

The biological century
Gregory Benford
Science fiction author
Professor of Physics University of California - Irvine

Beyond Madonna and Rupaul: Gender and sexuality in the next century
Michael Sherry
Professor of History
Northwestern University Evanston

1998
Poverty and population: Two centuries after Malthus


A hard case: Catholic debates on population and poverty
J. Bryan Hehir
Professor of the Practice of Religion and Society
Center for International Affairs
Harvard University

Malthus and rights: The politics of poverty and population
Michael J. Watts
Director of the Institute of International Studies
University of California Berkeley

Race and poverty among two populations: A comparison of Jamaica and the United States
Orlando Patterson
John Cowles Professor of Sociology
Harvard University

1999
Living (or dying?) with global warming


The science of human-caused global climate warming
Jerry D. Mahlman
Director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Princeton University

Climate change: How can we deal with uncertainties and surprises
Stephen H. Schneider
Professor Department of Biological Sciences
Stanford University

International justice & climate initiatives
Henry Shue
Wyn and William Y. Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life
Cornell University

2000
Development or decline? Sustaining communities in the new millenium


Development and its sustainability: The political order
Grace E. Goodell
Director of the Program of Social Change and Development
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University

The ecological economics of sustainability
Richard B. Norgaard
Professor of Energy and Resources and of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of California - Berkeley

Sustainable development-No! Sustainable Community-Yes!
Larry L. Rasmussen
Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics
Union Theological Seminary

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