Arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy were at one time linked under the umbrella of “the liberal arts.” However, recent decades have seen the increasing separation of these fields. As university programs become more specialized, the gap widens and the respective approaches and lexicons of Arts, Science, and Mathematics grow increasingly distant. The Bridges Lecture Series aims to rediscover points of affinity among academic disciplines.
The metaphor of the bridge captures the spirit of our endeavor: to bring these fields back into productive dialogue; to raise questions that are essential to scholars in Arts, Science, and Mathematics; and to provide specialists and non-specialists alike with compelling and enriching information that uncovers the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the bridge between disciplines. Our guiding goal is to coax audiences out of their intellectual comfort zones, and to transcend narrow discipline-specific avenues of academic inquiry.
In past seasons, the Bridges Lecture Series has hosted scholars of Architecture, English, Fine Arts, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology in addition to Mathematicians. Last season we added scientists to the roster, and several of our upcoming lectures will feature teams of Arts- and Science-based speakers.
Lectures take place at the St. Jerome’s University Academic Centre in the 300-seat Vanstone Lecture Hall, with live streaming available on YouTube for those who cannot attend in person.
With the continued support of our partners, we look forward to providing you with another exciting season. Tickets for these lectures are complimentary, but please use the ticket order form to confirm your participation.
Bridges Lecture Series Organizing Committee Members
Benoit Charbonneau Alysia Kolentsis Paul Craig
Please register in advance and bring your complimentary ticket to each event.
To register for any of the lectures in the Bridges Series please click on the speaker names below:
November 22 - Saskia Wilson-Brown/Luca Turin - Perfumery: the art and science of smell
February 28 - Berg/O'Keefe - Beyond the Imitation Game – From Dieppe & James Bond to Blackberry & Quantum Encryption
March 21 - Deman/Neufeld/Nishimura - Recursion: the loops that make the world go round
November 22, 2017
Federated with the University of Waterloo