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January Lectures at St. John's

Originally Posted on admin, January 23, 2008

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January Lectures at St. John's

What: The Dean’s Lecture Series
Where: Junior Common Room, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College   
When: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 5 p.m. – NEW TIME
Details: “Dante the Geometer”

Mark Peterson, Mount Holyoke College, Physics and Mathematics Departments

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

DESCRIPTION: Mark Peterson is a professor in both the physics and mathematics departments at Mount Holyoke. His work often explores the intersection of science and the humanities. He has written on the scientific speculations of Dante, programmed a pioneering computer program for introductory Chinese language courses, and, in 1997, published the cover article on the painter Piero della Francesca in The Mathematical Intelligencer. In the article, Peterson makes the case that Piero, who is well-known as one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance, was also by far the greatest mathematician of the fifteenth century.

Much of Peterson’s scientific research has been in modeling microhydrodynamics in biophysical settings. His interests in the integration of mathematics and the humanities in a liberal arts education and in promoting summer research experiences in mathematics for undergraduates have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.


What: The Dean’s Lecture Series
Where: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College  
When: Friday, January 25, 8 p.m.
Details: “The Goddess Envisioned: Kalidasa’s Language of Metaphor in the Kumarasambhava (The Birth of the Prince)”

Indira Peterson, Mount Holyoke College, Asian Studies

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

DESCRIPTION: Indira Viswanathan Peterson is David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies and Chair of the Asian Studies Program at Mount Holyoke College. In addition to her professorship at Mount Holyoke, Indira was just appointed Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor for the years 2008-2011. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Bombay University, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. She specializes in Indian literature in Sanskrit and Tamil, Hinduism, South Indian cultural history and Indian classical music. She is also a practitioner of Karnatak vocal music.

Indira Peterson is editor of Indian literature in the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces (1995), and the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2001). Her publications include Poems to Siva: The Hymns of the Tamil Saints (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989) and Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic: The Kiratarjunaya of Bharavi (State University of New York Press, 2003). She is now completing two monographs: Imagining the World in Eighteenth Century India, and the biography Serfoji II: Scholar-king of Tanjavur (Routledge India). Books in press include: Tamil Geographies: Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India, co-edited with Martha Selby (SUNY Press, October 2007), and Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India, co-edited with Davesh Soneji (Delhi: Oxford University Press, December 2007).