January 5, 2001

Poet, Scientists to Join in Presentation on Cosmic Evolution Jan. 16

MIDDLEBURY, VT -- Robert Pack, a poet, Middlebury College professor emeritus of English, and former director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, will join Middlebury professors Sallie Sheldon of the biology department and Rich Wolfson of the physics department in a joint presentation titled "Cosmic Evolution: from the Big Bang to Life and Beyond… " at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 in Room 216 of Bicentennial Hall on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Subtitled "A Tale Told in Poetry and Science," the presentation will feature brief accounts of the latest scientific understandings of the evolution of the universe and of life, interspersed with Pack’s readings of his original poems on cosmic and biological evolution. Pack and Wolfson, and Pack and Sheldon, have teamed before in joint presentations of science and poetry. This time is the first that all three have joined together.

Robert Pack will also give a poetry reading on Jan. 18 at 4:30 in Mitchell Green Lounge in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30).

For more information, contact Professor of Physics Rich Wolfson at 802-443-5427.

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