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Saint Vincent College established the Threshold Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.

Fall 2021 Threshold Lecture: Dr. Roger Malina

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 7 p.m. (ET) at the Fred M. Rogers Center

Admission is free of charge. Online reservations are required by phone (724-805-2177) or by clicking the button above.

For those unable to attend in person, the lecture will be stream live via Zoom. You may access the Zoom by clicking the button and using the passcode below.

Passcode: 7wL6pR

Dr. Roger Malina is a physicist, astronomer and Executive Editor of Leonardo publications at MIT Press. With dual appointments as Professor of Arts and Technology and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas, his work focuses on connections among the natural sciences and arts, design and humanities.

dr roger malina threshold speakerMalina is the former Director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) in Marseille, France, and was a member of its observational cosmology group which collaborated on investigations regarding the nature of dark matter and dark energy. He has been a member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA), which contributes to trans-disciplinarity between the sciences and the arts and places emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences. With a specialty in space instrumentation, Malina was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. He also founded the Leonardo organizations in San Francisco and Paris, the missions of which are to promote work that explores the intersection of the arts, sciences, and new technologies.

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  • Previous Speakers

    Previous Speakers

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    Previous Threshold speakers have included:

    • Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
    • Carl Sagan
    • Isaac Asimov
    • Claire Bloom
    • Alex Haley
    • Lt. General James A. Abrahamson
    • Stephen F. Cohen
    • Ralph Nader
    • Robert Jarvik
    • Michael Medved
    • Jane Bryant Quinn
    • Harold S. Kushner
    • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
    • Archduke Rudolph of Austria
    • Roger Cossack
    • Heinz-Joachim Fischer
    • Jerome Oetgen
    • Benjamin Zander
    • Colleen Carroll Campbell
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Steven Johnson