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Loyola University Chicago Symposium Tackles Scientific Advancement and Nuclear Proliferation Questions
Daylong Event Inspired by Doctor Atomic Features Expert Speakers, Including Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor and Nobel Laureate
CHICAGO, December 20, 2007 – What is the moral responsibility of scientists? Should the advancement of science be governed? These are examples of the still-timely questions that will be addressed during “Debating Doctor Atomic,” a one-day symposium hosted by Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and held in conjunction with Lyric Opera of Chicago.
This one-day event will feature a panel discussion, keynote address, and a series of breakout sessions that include a Nobel Laureate, scientists, and other experts. The symposium will be held on January 13, 2008, and will connect the artistic and scientific communities to raise and debate questions at the heart of Lyric Opera’s current production, Doctor Atomic, and address the history of the Nuclear Age.
Featured speakers include:
- Dr. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate and former director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Hideko Tamura Snider, survivor of theHiroshima atomic bomb
- Peter Sellars, librettist and stage director of Doctor Atomic
- Dr. Harold Myron, director of education, Argonne National Laboratory
- Dr. Murray Peshkin, Argonne National Laboratory, Physics Division, and undergraduate student worker for the Manhattan Project
- WendyDoniger, distinguished professor of the history of religions, University of Chicago Divinity School
“Debating Doctor Atomic” will be held on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, in the Rubloff Auditorium at 25 E. Pearson Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for the general public, $5 for Loyola students with ID, and all Loyola faculty, staff, and alumni will receive a 15 percent discount. Registration for the event is required. For more information, or to register, please visit LUC.edu/continuum.
About Doctor Atomic
The human tensions and anxieties behind the creating and testing of the atomic bomb form the story of Doctor Atomic, the latest of John Adams’s powerful event-inspired operas. The setting is Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1945, in the desperate weeks leading up to detonation. Grappling with the unthinkable actions and consequences are the mercurial “father of the A-bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer; his wife, Kitty; one of the fathers of the H-bomb, Edward Teller; General Leslie Groves, who headed the Manhattan Project; Robert R. Wilson, the youngest group leader at Los Alamos who built the most powerful particle smashers; Jack Hubbard, the Trinity Project’s meteorologist; and medical doctor James Nolan. Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting eight performances of Doctor Atomic: December 14, 17, and 19; January 5, 9, 12, 15, and 19. For more information on Lyric Opera of Chicago and Doctor Atomic, please visit www.lyricopera.org.
About the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Launched in spring 2006, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) at Loyola University Chicago continues a long tradition of unwavering support for working adults who wish to advance their education, starting with the School of Sociology (1914-1927) founded by Frederic Siedenburg, S.J.; Downtown College (1927-1936); University College (1936-1991); Mundelein College (1991-2003); and the School of Professional Studies (2003-2006). The School of Continuing and Professional Studies follows in the Jesuit educational tradition by providing application-oriented programs and certificates that prepare working professionals for today’s dynamic workplace. Courses are offered in an accelerated, eight-week evening format with the opportunity to earn up to 30 credit hours per academic year. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu/scps.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit our Web site at LUC.edu.