Celebrate the Arts: Science and Literature

A continuing education course is being offered at the Florida Keys Community College in conjunction with the Nineteenth Annual Key West Literary Seminar, Science & Literature: Narratives of Discovery. This course will be taught by Dr. Howard Wolman who has a Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literature from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wolman is currently a Key West resident. He began his teaching at Dartmouth and spent most of his career at Brooklyn College.
Course Description by Dr. Wolman:

Two years ago, after thirty-some years as a professor of literature and language, I took an early retirement option and moved to Key West. I soon realized how much I missed the excitement of the give-and-take of discussion in the classroom. Thus, I created a series of mini-courses at the local college devoted to various aspects of art and literature. The first three courses were devoted to the theater and films of Tennessee Williams and Terrence McNally and to Key West music.

Last year I attended the Key West Literary Seminar devoted to the memoir. It was the first time I was wise enough to enroll in a timely fashion. I was delighted and enlightened by the panelists, but frustrated by the limited time for discussion. I also noticed that many of the questions asked by the audience were, in fact, comments rather than questions. When I shared this observation with a close friend of mine who was also attending, I realized that I wasn't alone. I decided that for the 2000-20001 academic year I would devote one of the courses to the subject of the annual Seminar.

Interestingly enough, the conjunction of science and the arts has been attracting increasing attention. Recently an article appeared in the New York Times about science finding a home on-stage in many new plays and "the connections they made between the mysteries of the universe and the mysteries of human experience." I saw Copenhagen last year in London. I found it very exciting theater, but I thought it would never get an audience in New York. Wrong! It is not only doing excellent business, but it is expected to win a Tony as the best new play of the year.

As an undergraduate at Amherst College, I read C. P. Snow's Cambridge lectures which were recently republished by Cambridge University Press with an excellent introduction by Stefan Collini. These lectures crystallized major aspects of the discussion of the lack of awareness and communication between scientists and humanists. I thought a reading and discussion of these lectures would be excellent preparation for maximizing enjoyment and understanding of the panels the week before the Conference, and on subsequent weeks we would continue the dialogue by discussing issues which came up at the Seminar.
The four meetings of the course will be held at the College in the lobby of the Tennessee Williams Theater on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 1:00. The first meeting will be on January 6 with subsequent meetings on the three Saturdays following the Seminar.
To register, call (305) 296-9081 (extension 488) or write: Office of the Registrar, Florida Keys Community College, 5901 West College Road, Key West, Florida 33040. The cost of the four week course is $70 which can be paid by check or credit card.

Questions should be directed to Howard Wolman at (305) 294-0111.