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Poetry, Science, and the Imagination

March 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Image is pleased to present our inaugural L’Engle Seminar

Poetry, Science, and the Imagination 

a five-part seminar with Brian Volck and special guests

Wednesdays in March at 1pm ET

Poetry and the sciences are connected in deep and surprising ways. Both the poet and the scientist engage reality through the imagination. And in this five-part online seminar, you are invited to explore imagination as a way of knowing within the two disciplines. Each hour-long session will have a distinct focus and feature the insight of a wide array of poets, scientists, philosophers, and theologians.

The series is open to everyone who reads poetry, took a science class in school, or has an imagination!


Brian Volck, MD, MFA, is a pediatrician, poet, and Benedictine oblate. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others, and co-author of Reclaiming the Body. His writing has appeared in The Journal of Moral TheologyChristian CenturyDoubleTakeHealth Affairs, and Image. He does his clinical work in Maryland and on the Navajo Nation, and also teaches theology and medicine at St. Mary’s Seminary and University of Baltimore. He is a Benedictine oblate at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert near Abiquiu, New Mexico.
An excerpt of Attending Others in Image
A conversation with Brian Volck in Midwestern Gothic

March 3: Only Connect!

Poetry and the sciences struggle to find language for the unknown, imagining reality in new ways. Both employ precise language, using narrative and metaphor to make unexpected connections. Both disciplines arise from the human desire for beauty, knowledge, and wisdom. How do scientists, poets, and interested observers envision these connections?

Special guest: Tom McLeish, physicist and author of The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art, talking about creativity


March 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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