CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–October 30, 2014. Adam Gopnik, the witty and insightful author and essayist for the The New Yorker magazine, will discuss the “Humanities as the Foundation of the Sciences” in a free lecture at Roosevelt University on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
Gopnik is speaking at Roosevelt as part of the Galileo-Shakespeare Project, a conference on the Humanities and Sciences in the Early Modern World, cosponsored by Roosevelt’s Montesquieu Forum and Illinois Institute of Technology’s Benjamin Franklin Project.
His lecture will be held in Roosevelt’s Ganz Hall, on the seventh floor of the University, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Seats are available on a first-come basis.
“Gopnik believes that the sciences and math are privileged in today’s higher education landscape and often seen as the only way to obtain a good job,” said Stuart Warner, professor of philosophy at Roosevelt and an organizer of the conference. “In his lecture, he will explain why an over emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics underestimates the proper role of the humanities and the arts in the education of citizens and fails to recognize the contributions they make to mathematical and scientific inquiry.”
An award-winning journalist, Gopnik writes on modern life and culture, often providing revealing observations about people and places in everyday life. He also writes in another genre, which he calls “comic personal essays” that are funny and touching stories about how families live in Paris and New York.
Gopnik has been an essayist for The New Yorker since 1986 and his work for the magazine has won both the National Magazine Award for Essay and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.
In his most recent book, The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food, he goes on a quest to find the meaning of food and discovers that what matters the most isn’t what goes on the table, it’s what gathers around it: family, friends, lovers and conversation. The French government named him a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2012.
For more information about Gopnik’s lecture, contact Warner at [email protected]