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University of Washington Graduate Conference for Interdisciplinary StudiesUniversity of Washington:

Faith, Knowledge and the Interface of Epistemologies

May 4-5, 2006


Keynote Speaker:
Robert Michael Pyle

Our keynote speaker for this event will be author and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle. His address will be held in HUB 209A.

Pyle has published hundreds of papers, essays, stories, and poems. His books have won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Washington Governor's Writers Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and the Harry B. Nehls Award in Nature Writing. For more information on him and his work, click here.


FACULTY PANEL Thursday, May 4th

The first day of the conference will culminate with a Faculty Panel, featuring three distinguished members of the UW faculty. It will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. More information to follow. The participants will each discuss their work in the context of interdisciplinary studies. The panel will be held in COM 120


David Barash - Psychology:

Buddhism and Science

Richard Karpen - Digital Arts:

Music and Digital Arts

Andrew Light - Philosophy:

Environmental Ethics



Registration and Welcome: Hub 309 8-8:30 A.M.

The relationships between knowledge and power, the doctrinal foundations of faith, the empiricism of modern science, the convergence of different knowledge systems and, what and how one knows have been sources of perennial contention. By investigating competing frames of knowledge and their interface, this conference aims to bring to light—among other issues—how competing epistemologies generate claims of truth and interact in the context of social negotiation. Given the interdisciplinary platform of this conference, candidates are also encouraged to consider how their work can be situated within a wider academic discourse. With this in mind, the graduate students of the University of Washington welcome papers on “Faith, Knowledge and the Interface of Epistemologies” from all disciplines.


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