Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Galileo Galilei's Birth

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Stony Brook'University 's Center for Italian Studies in collaboration with the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the Office of International Academic Programs invite you to attend a a one- day Conference: Friday, October 17, 2014:
Celebrating the 450th Anniversary Year of Galileo Galilei's Birth.

Located in and enhanced by the impressive settings of the Simons Center Facility
the conference program will feature the following array of presentations by internationally renowned scholars:


Mark A. Peterson, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Mt. Holyoke College
Author of Galileo's Muse: Galileo's Evolving Sense of What Mathematics is

Crystal Hall, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Bowdoin College:
Galileo's Library and the Computational Lens

Nick Wilding, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgia State University:
Underground Astronomy: Publishing Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius.

Wolf Schӓfer, Professor, Department of History and Director, Center for Global & Local History, Stony Brook University. Dean of Fellows, American Academy in Berlin:
Galileo: The Great Tuscan as the First Star Professor: How He Managed To Get His Genius Properly Recognized in Florence

Robert Crease, Chairman, Philosophy Department, Stony Brook University Co-Editor-in-Chief: Physics in Perspective Galileo and the Humanities

Richard Gambino, Professor Emeritus, CUNY/Queens College, Visiting Professor, Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook, (1994-1997): Galileo: Mathematics and Nature

Reverend George V. Coyne, S.J. Director of Vatican Observatory (VO)-1978-2006.
Director Emeritus and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, 2006-2012.
Since 2012, McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy, Le Moyne College: Galileo and His Times

Luigi Fontanella, Professor. European Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
Stony Brook University with Lutenist, Christopher Morrongiello, Music Department, Hofstra University: Galileo: Poetry and Music

The program will also include a Staged Reading by Students from the Stony Brook University Theatre Arts Department: Selections from Berthold Brecht's Play, "Galileo"


Directed by Steve Marsh, Theatre Art Department, Stony Brook University followed by

Closing Remarks and Expressions of Appreciation at a Farewell Wine and Cheese Reception~

The conference is free and open to the public.


A complete conference program and schedule may be accessed by viewing the Center for Italian Studies web page: www.stonybrook.edu/italianstudies or call 631-632-7444 for additional information.

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