Lectures

David Brooks : "The Importance of Humility and Civil Discourse in American Life"

David Brooks

"The Importance of Humility and Civil Discourse in American Life"

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 - 7:30 p.m., Parmer Hall

All tickets are $25. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Aug. 1, 2013.


David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. Brooks is author of two books of what he calls “comic sociology” — descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in” that are as witty and entertaining as they are revealing and insightful: “Bobos in Paradise” and “On Paradise Drive.” “Bobos in Paradise” was a New York Times best-seller. His current book, titled “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement,” focuses on why neuroscience and sociology are so important to thinking about politics, culture and the future of America in world society. Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post and many other periodicals.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Office of the President



Dava Sobel : “Copernicus and Galileo: Authors of the Moving Earth”

Dava Sobel

“Copernicus and Galileo: Authors of the Moving Earth”

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

Admission if free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Please contact the ticket office at (717) 691-6036 after Aug. 1, 2013.

A former New York Times science reporter, Dava Sobel has also written for Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker. Two of her four books, “Longitude” (1995) and “Galileo’s Daughter” (1999), were made into documentaries for PBS and A&E. Sobel’s most recent book, “A More Perfect Heaven” (2011), includes an “interplay” about Copernicus. A frequent guest on NPR, she has spoken at The Smithsonian Institution, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Royal Geographical Society (London) and the American Academy in Rome. This fall, she begins a two-year appointment as the Joan Leiman Jacobson writer-in-residence at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Friends of Murray Library at Messiah College and the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Friends of Murray Library



Majora Carter : "Home(town) Security" <br />Spring Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture<br />2014 Symposium Theme: "Resilience, Sustainability and the Humanities: Reimagining the Future"

Majora Carter

"Home(town) Security"
Spring Humanities Symposium Keynote Lecture
2014 Symposium Theme: "Resilience, Sustainability and the Humanities: Reimagining the Future"

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 7 p.m., Parmer Hall

Free tickets are required for this event; to reserve, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 after Dec 1, 2013.

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategist, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, and is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training and placement systems. Her long list of awards include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Carter embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities