28 2013

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann Lecture

8:00PM - 9:30PM  


Saturday, September 28th at 8 pmHavdalah at 7:45 pmBeth Israel Center, 1406 Mound StreetFree and open to the public Oftentimes, science and religion are presented as at odds with each other – however, Nobel Laureate and author Roald Hoffmann argues that this is not the case. “We have one world, one in which science and culture coexist and interact,” he says. Drawing from the 1997 text he co-wrote with Israeli engineer Shira Leibowitz Schmidt, Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition, Hoffmann will present his work to the Madison Jewish community on September 28 while in Madison to make several appearances at the Wisconsin Science Festival (for more information on the festival, go to In his lecture, “Indigo, A Tale of Craft, Religion, History, Science, and Culture,” the author will discuss how the blue pigment “has served remarkably to intertwine craft, fashion, religion, power, and science” across time. With the assistance of pleasing visuals, he will lecture on indigo’s uses in everything from ancient Israeli ritual and rebellion to pre-Columbian cultures and today’s clothing industry in order to show how acts of science also carry spiritual import. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the world’s brightest scholars in our very own community. The event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Madison, UW Hillel, Beth Israel Center, Temple Beth El, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, Jewish Social Services and Hadassah, begins at 8 p.m and will take place at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street. It is free and open to the public. For anyone interested, the community is invited to arrive at 7:45 PM for Havdalah.