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BRIEF: What can we learn from Galileo?


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Portrait of Galileo Galilei/National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Portrait of Galileo Galilei/National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Gonzaga University’s  “What Can We Learn?” lecture series, which focuses on lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this spring with the topic, “What Can We Learn from Galileo?”

Gonzaga faculty members Brian Clayton, associate professor of philosophy, and Eric Kincanon, professor of physics, will provide insights into Galileo.  Clayton will emphasize the contrast between the Galileo “legend” and the historical “reality,” while  Kincanon will focus on Galileo’s strikingly wide-ranging contributions to science.

The free public event starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

This marks the 10th consecutive year of this lecture series. The most recent event in this series, presented Oct. 24, 2013, was titled, “What Can We Learn from Feminism?”


Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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