NORTH NEWTON, KAN. William L. Vanderburgh, professor of philosophy at Wichita State University, will present a lecture, "Galileo: Champion of Copernicanism," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Vanderburgh will discuss Galileo’s life and contributions to physics, astronomy and philosophy while he attempted to prove Copernicus’ sun-centered cosmological hypothesis. The lecture will also explore Galileo’s conflict with the Roman Catholic Church.
Vanderburgh earned his doctorate in philosophy of science at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. In 2002, he received the Dudley Observatory’s Herbert C. Pollack Award for Research in the History of 20th Century Astronomy.
The lecture about Galileo is scheduled one week before Bethel College theater students present Bertold Brecht's "Galileo." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13, 14 and 15 in Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center at Bethel College in North Newton. Call (316) 284-5281 for tickets.