On Tuesday, March 11, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, will present a talk at Le Moyne College entitled “Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science.” The lecture, which is part of the McDevitt Center’s series on “Science and Religion in Modern America,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Rubenstein’s talk will briefly introduce different models of the multiverse in order to address its central questions: How did an infinite number of inaccessible universes become a respectable scientific hypothesis? What distinguishes multiverse cosmologies from metaphysics, fiction, or mythology? And can these distinctions hold, or does the emergence of multiverse cosmologies herald a reconfiguration of the very categories of physics, philosophy, and religion?
Rubenstein received her bachelor’s degree in Religion and English from Williams College (Massachusetts); she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Philosophical Theology and Philosophy of Religion from Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Columbia University. She is an accomplished lecturer, having presented over forty talks in the United Kingdom and across the United States since 1999. In addition to having authored numerous articles, book reviews, and book chapters, she has written Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (Columbia University Press, 2009) and Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (Columbia University Press, 2014).
For additional information on this lecture, please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or email@example.com.