Appreciating “Arcadia” to its fullest

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini


Why cant time run backward?

You can witness the playwright Tom Stoppards read on that question by seeing a performance ofArcadiain theMarieP.DeBartoloCenterfor the Performing Arts through April 23.

Or, you can hear Nobel Prize-winning physicist Tim Leggett of the University of Illinois explore the issue during an academic conference organized as a companion to the play, calledArcadia at Notre Dame: Nature, Science and Art.The conference will take place Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, in McKenna Hall.

Scholars fromOxfordand Princeton universities and the Universities of Chicago andMichiganwill present views on the scientific and mathematical themes ofArcadiaduring Friday sessions, and on its artistic, literary and philosophical themes on Saturday.A conference schedule is online at .

The conference was organized by Neil Delaney, professor of philosophy and director of the Honors Program; Alex Hahn, professor of mathematics and director of theKanebCenterfor Teaching and Learning; and Peter Holland, chair of the Department of Film, Television and Theatre.

More than two dozen faculty from across Arts and Letters and the Sciences have incorporatedArcadiainto their courses and seminars, while the Snite Museums staff has lead tours of 18 th and 19 th century art with themes relating to those explored in the play.

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