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2001 Seminar Schedule

January 11-14, 2001

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(Please note: Schedule and participants are subject to change. All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, or within walking distance, as noted.)



Thursday, January 11
1:00 - 5:00 Registration, San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street
2:00 and 4:00 Writers' Walks
One hour, one mile guided walking tour of literary Key West. Walks leave from San Carlos.

Please be at the San Carlos 10 minutes before the walk begins.
5:00 - 6:30 Wine and Cheese Reception
at Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Street.
Featuring work by Jennie Baker, this year's cover artist, and winning images from the Nikon International Small World Competition for 1999. Now in its 25th Anniversary Year, the Nikon International Small World Competition recognizes leading scientists, researchers, and others from around the world for their unique and valuable work in photographing the unseen universe viewed through microscopes. Small World images not only reflect the miraculous world of biomedical and industrial research, but they also embody an intrinsic aesthetic beauty, and are themselves a powerful and compelling art form.

The exhibit will run throughout the Seminar. Lucky Street Gallery is a 30 minute walk from the San Carlos Institute, or a five minute taxi ride. Transportation is not provided. The gallery is open daily from 11-5.

A step up into Lucky Street Gallery is a step into a world of challenging, contemporary art. Many of Key West's best-known artists--Roberta Marks, John Martini, Dalva Duarte, Molly Goodwin, Tom Colbert, Kevin Sloan, Susan Sugar--to name just a few--show their paintings and sculpture here.
7:30 Introductory Remarks
David Ethridge, President, Key West Literary Seminar.

Introduction of Stephen Jay Gould by William Wright, 2001 Program Chair.
8:00 - 9:00 2001 John Hersey Memorial Lecture:
Both Nothing Special and Very Special:
Why (and How) Scientists Should Write for the General Public


Presented by Stephen Jay Gould

THE JOHN HERSEY MEMORIAL LECTURE was established to honor the memory of John Hersey, whose writings include A Bell for Adano (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize), Hiroshima, A Single Pebble, and Key West Tales (15 stories all set in Key West)-- and consist of fifteen works of fiction and ten books of reportage and essays. After his retirement from Yale, he and his wife Barbara (who honors us with her presence at the Seminar) spent summers on Martha's Vineyard and the rest of the year here in Key West, where he died in 1993. The John Hersey Memorial Lecture is endowed by members of the Key West literary community as a fond remembrance of a much loved Key West writer.
9:30 - 11:00 Gala Reception
at the garden of the Wreckers' Museum/The Oldest House, 322 Duval Street (5 minute walk from the San Carlos)

The house was built in 1839 in the ship's carpenter fashion of early seafaring in Key West. It's now owned and operated by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Bountiful food and refreshments, catered by Mangoes Catering.

Friday, January 12
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
9:30 - 10:00 Narratives of Discovery: Telling the Story of Science
with Dava Sobel
10:00 - 10:30 The Secular Imagination
with Steven Weinberg
10:30 - 10:45 Questions from the audience for Dava Sobel and Steven Weinberg
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 New Paradigms:
How does the writer/scientist change the ways we understand the mysteries of life and the universe?

with Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Jay Gould, Sue Hubbell, Lynn Margulis, Jonathan Weiner

moderated by Robin Fox
12:30 - 1:45 Lunch
1:45 - 2:45 On Science Writing: Arty or Crafty?
presented by Timothy Ferris
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:30 What Is the Impulse to Write Literature about Science?
with Natalie Angier, Carl Djerassi, James Gleick, Roald Hoffmann, Dava Sobel

moderated by Ira Flatow
4:30 - 5:00 Cooking with Jesus: From the First Brew to the Last Brunch (Musings on Science, Spirituality, Parental Relations, and Literary Conveyances)
with Dorion Sagan
5:15 - 6:15 Twilight Champagne Reception

Hosted by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, in honor of John Malcolm Brinnin, at the Audubon House and Tropical Garden, 205 Whitehead Street. The reception will be held in the newly opened John Malcolm Brinnin Commemorative Butterfly Garden and will feature a tribute by Richard Wilbur. Come celebrate the life of a literary genius, poet, teacher and dear friend.
7:30 - 9:30 Poetry Reading Featuring Marcia Southwick and Roald Hoffmann

Staged Reading of "Oxygen" written by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann

Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann will be available after the reading for questions and answers.

Saturday, January 13
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
9:30 - 10:15 Faster & Faster:
Where Does Technology Lead Us?

presented by James Gleick
10:15 - 11:45 Who are the gatekeepers?
Is modern science beyond understanding? How do we know whom to trust? How does a democracy cope with ethics and morality in the age of recombinant DNA? Can highly politicized people write fairly about science?
with Natalie Angier, Timothy Ferris, James Gleick, and Steven Weinberg

moderated by Barbara Ehrenreich
11:45 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:00 Complexity and Simplicity In Literature & Science:
What Can We Learn From the Quark and the Jaguar?

with Murray Gell-Mann and Marcia Southwick
1:00 - 2:15 Lunch
2:15 - 3:30 The Nature of Genius:
The Intuitive Process as It Works in Science and in Literature

with Carl Djerassi, Lynn Margulis, Dava Sobel and Jonathan Weiner

moderated by Robin Fox
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:30 How Do You Tell the Story of the Universe?
How Does a Science Writer Begin to Convey the Wonder of the Cosmos?


A Conversation Between Timothy Ferris, Sue Hubbell and Richard Panek
4:30 - 5:00 Showing of videos of presentations by Briane Greene and Michael Frayn (if available)

Informal Gathering of Writers with Lee Gutkind and Timothy Seldes to discuss writing/publishing issues (concurrent event at Top of La Concha)
7:30 - 9:00 What Are the Big Questions? Does Science Have the Answers?

Bridging C.P. Snow's Chasm: A Discussion with Three Nobel Prize Winners

with Murray Gell-Mann, Roald Hoffmann, and Steven Weinberg

moderated by Ira Flatow
9:30 - 11:00 Champagne Reception
at The Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, 281 Front Street (15 minute walk).
The Key West Art & Historical Society has graciously donated the Custom House for tonight's event in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit The Other Side of Tennessee Williams. Coffee, cocktails, nibbles and lavish deserts, catered by Mangoes Catering (Not intended as dinner; please be sure to eat something before the 7:30 presentation.)

Sunday, January 14
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee, Tea and Pastries
9:30 - 10:15 What Can We Learn from the Bees?
with Sue Hubbell
10:15 - 11:45 The Creative Process in Science and in Literature:
Metaphor as a Device for Discovery; Imagining Unfamiliar Immensities

with Murray Gell-Mann, James Gleick, Lynn Margulis, and Jonathan Weiner

moderated by Ann Marie Cunningham
11:45 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:00 What is Left for the Writer?
A conversation between Natalie Angier and Timothy Ferris
1:00 - 2:00 Luncheon Reception
in the Garden of the Key West Library
Sponsored by Friends of the Library
2:30 - 4:30 Science & Literature
Flinging Open the Door of Curiosity

with Sue Hubbell, Roald Hoffmann, Stephen Jay Gould, and Dava Sobel

moderated by Ira Flatow

This panel is free and open to the public; seating is first-come first-served. Seating cannot be guaranteed for Seminar registrants. Auditorium will be emptied and no seats saved.




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