Bridges Lecture Series - Deman/Neufeld/Nishimura - March 21

St Jerome's University
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM EDT 
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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:
January 31 - Moraru/Lackenbauer - Polar Projections: Conceptualizing and Rendering Arctic Spaces
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


Luca Turin - November 22, 2017
Alexander Fleming Institute
Physiology and Biophysics
Saskia Wilson-Brown - November 22, 2017
Institute of Art and Olfaction
P. Whitney Lackenbauer - January 31, 2018
St. Jerome's University
Ruxandra Moraru - January 31, 2018
University of Waterloo
Peter Berg - February 28, 2018
University of Alberta
David O'Keefe - February 28, 2018
J. Andrew Deman - March 21, 2018
St. Jerome's University
English Language and Literature
Josh Neufeld - March 21, 2018
University of Waterloo
Naomi Nishimura - March 21, 2018
University of Waterloo
Computer Science


St Jerome's University
290 Westmount Road North Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3 CA


March 21, 2018

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