Thursday, April 18

Auditorium, McKenna Hall
Center for Continuing Education

Chair: O. Timothy O'Meara (Notre Dame)

9:00 AM Michael Shank (University of Wisconsin): “Setting the Scene: Tuscany, the Veneto, and Rome in the Age of Galileo”

10:30 AM Coffee break

11:00 AM Owen Gingerich (Harvard University): “Galileo and the Case for Copernicus”

12:30 PM Lunch

Chair: Wendy Arons (Notre Dame)

2:00 PM Holger Teschke (Mt. Holyoke College) and Regine Lutz (Actress) in conversation: “Brecht at Work”

3:30 PM Coffee break

4:00 PM Richard Bodek (College of Charleston), John Rouse (University of California at San Diego), and Holger Teschke: “The Dramatist as Social Critic”

Friday, April 19

Auditorium, McKenna Hall
Center for Continuing Education

Chair: William Carroll (Cornell College, Iowa)

9:00 AM Ernan McMullin (Notre Dame): “The Ban on Copernicanism: Grounds and Consequences”

10:30 AM Coffee break

11:00 AM Annibale Fantoli (University of Victoria, Canada): “The Disputed Injunction and its Role in Galileo’s Trial”

12:30 PM Lunch

Chair: Don Howard (Notre Dame)

2:00 PM Richard Blackwell (St. Louis University): “Galileo’s Trial: A Plea-bargain Gone Awry?”

3:30 PM Coffee break

4:00 PM Dava Sobel (Author and Science Writer): “Sister Maria Celeste’s Father”

Saturday, April 20

Chair: Alex Hahn (Notre Dame)

9:00 AM Francesco Beretta (University of Fribourg, Switzerland): “Galileo, Urban VIII, and the Prosecution of Natural Philosophers”

10:30 AM Coffee break

11:00 AM George Coyne S.J. (Vatican Observatory): “The Church’s Attempts to Dispel the Galileo Myth”

12:30 PM Lunch

Chair: Neil Delaney (Notre Dame)

2:00 PM Michael Sharratt (Ushaw College, England): “Galileo’s ‘Rehabilitation’: Elbow-room for Theology”

3:30 PM Coffee break

4:00 PM Round-table Discussion: “Galileo and the Church”

Discussions following performances of Brecht’s "The Life of Galileo":

After the play each night, there will be a brief intermission after which discussion of some of the issues raised by the play will be led from
the stage. A different discussion leader will take the stage each night.

Wednesday, April 17: Owen Gingerich
Thursday, April 18: Dava Sobel
Friday, April 19: Tony Lawton (playing the part of Galileo)
Saturday, April 20: Holger Teschke and Regine Lutz