Conversations
with David Wood

Centennial Professor
of Philosophy,
Vanderbilt University

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Thinking Out
of the Lunchbox

Fall 2008

December 3, 2008
The Big Bang Broth: Cooking Primordial Soup
Victoria Greene
Assistant Professor of Physics

Can we really recreate the Big Bang in a laboratory in miniature? And can we really get more than 400 independent-minded scientists together to build such a technology in the first place - let alone build it on time, hold to a budget and agree on the meaning of the results? Victoria Greene examines what this multimillion-dollar, cutting-edge international experiment can teach us about the most fundamental ways the universe works.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
“How Racist is Obama’s America?”
Carol Swain
Professor of Political Science and Law

How should we interpret the results of this year’s presidential election? Can we draw any lessons for the future? Carol Swain leads a post-election evaluation of the racial factors in the 2008 electoral cycle, and discusses what other factors may have contributed to the outcome.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
“Clones and Chimeras: Medical Monsters in Literature and Film”
Jay Clayton
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
Chair, Department of English

Can novels, stories, and movies do more than scare the public about the important challenges raised by stem cell research, cloning, organ transplantation, the use of animal tissue in humans, and other developments in the biological sciences? Do the arts have a role to play in helping people consider the complex ethical and social issues posed by the latest science?

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September 3, 2008
“The Philosophical Significance of Evil”
Jeffrey Tlumak
Associate Professor of Philosophy

If God is perfectly good, why does so much evil exist? In this talk Professor Tlumak will explore the profound philosophical significance of this question.

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