Gonzaga Presents Faculty Neighborhood Cafes April 23


SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University faculty Adam Fritsch, Tony Osborne, Sean Swan and Al Miranne will present one-hour “neighborhood cafe” lectures on contemporary topics on Saturday, April 23 in the John J. Hemmingson Center on campus. These events, free and open to the public, are opportunities to share ideas, dialogue and visit the new Hemmingson Center. Lectures are held in two sessions, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

9:30 a.m. Sessions

‘Secrets of the Atomic Nucleus’ by Adam Fritsch, Physics
The atomic nucleus has been studied for more than 100 years and still has many secrets that hold great promise for the future of humanity. Fritsch will relate the diversity of stars to the future of clean, nuclear energy. He will discuss the importance of nuclear physics to future applications, technologies and our understanding of the universe. Location: Hemmingson Center 314A

‘Focus and High Performance’ by Tony Osborne, Communication Studies
Osborne will explain how focus is the most powerful idea in the science of high performance, especially as we spend much of our lives distracted by habitual thinking. He will elaborate on how internal control and peak achievement can be achieved through practice. Location: Hemmingson Center 314B

11 a.m. Sessions

‘The Future of Europe’ by Sean Swan, Political Science
Europe faces a series of contemporary challenges, including terrorism, the refugee and migrant crisis and, with Britain’s June referendum on staying in the European Union, the possibility of EU’s dissolution. Swan will elaborate on the severity of these challenges and the possible outcomes. Location: Hemmingson Center 314A

‘The Cost of Corrections’ by Al Miranne, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Miranne will discuss the financial and social costs of incarceration. He will explain how the true cost of the correctional system is largely invisible to the public and offer less costly, potentially positive alternatives used by other developed countries. Location: Hemmingson Center 314B

For more information about the neighborhood cafe dialogues, please contact Angela Ruff, manager of University events, at (509) 3133572 or ruff@gonzaga.edu.