University of California, Riverside

Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center

Are We Alone? - Our Cosmic Origins

Science Lecture Series The search for alien life is defining a new era of space exploration—from Mars and icy moons in our solar system to Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. Learn how scientists hope to find life beyond Earth, and explore what that 

means for humanity…

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016  |  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  |  University Theatre (Humanities 400)

Bahram Mobasher

Our Cosmic Origins
Stars, Galaxies, and the Stuff of Life
Bahram Mobasher
Professor of Astronomy, UC Riverside
Director, NASA FIELDS Program
Associate Director, Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center  
Professor Mobasher will describe our cosmic origins from the Big Bang through the formation of galaxies, stars, and the supernovae that produce the chemical ingredients for life. After the talk, he will join a panel of special guests to discuss how the discovery of life beyond Earth would impact our view of humanity’s place in the universe…
Join an exploration of humanity’s place in the universe with special guests…
José G. Funes, S.J. Nalo Hopkinson Eric Schwitzgebel Dana Simmons
José G. Funes, S.J.
Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina

Father Funes is an Argentine Jesuit priest, an astrophysicist in the field of extragalactic astronomy, and a former director of the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. He is currently working on a project related to the search for inhabited worlds as part of a sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nalo Hopkinson
Professor of Creative Writing, UC Riverside

Professor Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian speculative fiction writer whose novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history, language, and storytelling traditions. Her novel Midnight Robber is set in the far future, where interplanetary and alternate-dimension travel is possible.

Eric Schwitzgebel
Professor of Philosophy, 
UC Riverside

Professor Schwitzgebel is a philosopher who explores connections between empirical psychology and philosophy of mind, especially the nature of belief, the inaccuracy of our judgments on the stream of conscious experience, and the tenuous relationship between philosophical ethics and actual moral behavior. 

Dana Simmons
Associate Professor of History, UC Riverside

Professor Simmons is a historian of science and technology whose research interests include hunger, nutrition, soil and plant science, political economy, the human sciences, feminist theory, architecture, Modern Europe, technopolitics and technoscientific utopias. She is also a faculty co-organizer of the UCR Science Studies group.

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