A Road Scholar Program by Pangratios Papacosta
He was called the “Father of the Atomic Age” and his work unveiled a universe with black holes, dark matter, and dark energy, yet most people know little of Einstein’s views on religion or his disdain of materialism, racism, militarism, and nationalism. Understanding human suffering, developing aesthetic appreciation, and studying the humanities were all crucial elements in Einstein’s ideal education, and as such he spoke passionately for a just society and one united human family, rising above prejudices and hatred, despite the persecutions and setbacks that he faced in his own personal life. Consequently, these deeply held beliefs often conflicted with the science he was pioneering. Though a devout pacifist, it was his recommendation to FDR that propelled the Manhattan Project which led to the Atom bomb. A man of many contradictions, the lesser-known side of Einstein is perhaps the more compelling one. Learn more about Einstein’s personality and inner turmoil as he grew into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Catherine Barnett, 309.274.2719.