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Faculty Panel: "Science and the Humanities"

Tuesday, April 23 at 3:00pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Three UO humanities faculty whose scholarship engages the natural sciences in various ways will talk about their work across the divide between science and the humanities and why that work matters: why it's important for humanists to study the sciences, to work with scientists, and to interrogate the two cultures divide, especially in this moment.

Vera Keller, Professor and Department Head of History, is a historian of early modern Europe particularly interested in the emergence of experimental science and the entanglements of research with capitalism, colonialism, and political economy and more broadly in the history of knowledge, of research, and of the research disciplines.

Nicolae Morar is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and associate member of the UO Institute for Ecology and Evolution. Professor Morar’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology, ecology, and bioethics. His work considers how various conceptual analyses in philosophy of biology and ecology influence and transform debates in bioethics, and in ethics broadly construed.

Cera Smith is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and Black Studies. Professor Smith’s research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Black literature, Black Studies, and the health humanities. Their current book project analyzes how and why U.S. Black artists use biology to depict racialized life.

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