Physicist Zajonc to Lecture at Gustavus

Posted on February 8th, 2009 by

Arthur Zajonc

Arthur Zajonc

Gustavus Adolphus College will welcome Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College, to campus for three public appearances Feb. 15-16.

Zajonc has taught physics at Amherst since 1978 and has also been a visiting professor and research scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Physics, as well as a Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He is also co-founder of the Barfield School of Graduate Studies at Sunbridge College, and he currently directs the academic program of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Zajonc will give a lecture titled “Contemplative Mind in Society” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15 in room 103 of F.W. Olin Hall for Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The talk will be followed by a reception and a book signing.

On Monday, Feb. 16, Zajonc will speak at the College’s daily 10 a.m. chapel service. At 7:30 p.m. that evening he will give a lecture titled “Quantum Mechanics and the Dalai Lama” in room 103 of Olin Hall. All three appearances are free and open to the public.

Since 1997, Zajonc has served as scientific coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute’s series of dialogues with the Dalai Lama. Those conversations have been published as The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama and The Dalai Lama at MIT. Zajonc is also the author of a new book titled Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love.

Zajonc’s visit to Gustavus is sponsored by the Center for Vocational Reflection, the Hanson-Peterson Chair, the Chaplains’ Office, and the Departments of Physics and Religion. For more information contact William Freiert, professor of classics at 507-933-7639 or


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