There are a couple of events going on here in Morris this week that I’ll be participating in, and that any of you in the region might find worth seeing. First, tonight:
Everyone is cordially invited to the last session of
MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM
Eric T. Olson
(Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK)
“When Do We Begin and End?”
Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., Newman Catholic Center
306 East 4th Street, Morris
The gradual nature of development from fertilization to birth and beyond leaves it uncertain when we come into being; advances in medical technology leave it increasingly uncertain when we cease to exist. Many philosophers have tried to answer these questions. Professor Olson will argue that most of these answers are wrong, and that a simpler answer follows from the apparent fact that we are biological organisms.
Then, tomorrow night (Tuesday, 27 March, 6:00 at the Common Cup Coffee House), it’s time for Café Scientifique!
“So… what am I looking at?”
An introduction to the celestial objects
visible through the UMM 16-inch telescope.
An observing session at the University’s telescope might begin with a view of the Moon and some of the more photogenic planets then, as the sky darkens, move on to a wide variety of stellar views, from planetary nebulae to globular clusters and maybe even a supernova remnant. On a clear, moonless night the telescope may probe even deeper into the darkness to find galaxies beyond our own. Whether you’ve looked through a telescope or just always wanted to, this talk will fill in the details behind the images. I’ll discuss the physical nature and cosmic context of those “smoke rings” and “cotton balls” you see in the eyepiece.
If the skies are clear, Kristin will also open up the UMM Observatory to the public after the talk, so you can come on down and see some stars.
You might as well just come on out here and spend a few days in town.