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“Expect the Unexpected: How Science Views the Universe”: A Conversation between Dr. Menas Kafatos and Consul General I. Stamatekos at LMU


The Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies at LMU presents “Expect the Unexpected: How Science Views the Universe”, a conversation with Dr. Menas Kafatos, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics (Chapman U), and the Hon. Ioannis Stamatekos, Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles, about the profound principles of scientific inquiry, how they apply to our lives, and the ancient wisdom at the core of our existence. 

The event will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 5pm at McIntosh Center, University Hall 3999/ Loyola Marymount University and is co-hosted with the Institute for Earth, Computing, Human, and Observing (ECHO) at Chapman University and the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles.

Professor Menas Kafatos, who is also the Director of the CU Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (ECHO), is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, climate-change researcher, and philosopher who works extensively on consciousness. 

Author, physicist and philosopher, he completed his graduate work in astrophysics at M.I.T. He works in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas, including quantum mechanics, cosmology, the environment, climate change, remote sensing, agroecosystems, and natural hazards, as well as on philosophical issues of consciousness, connecting science to metaphysical traditions.

Dr. Kafatos leads collaborations of his research teams with a number of universities and international institutions, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Integral Studies, Loyola Marymount University, the National Observatory of Athens and the Institute of Geodynamics, Academia Sinica, several universities in Korea, including Korea University, Chungnam, Kyungpook, and Kongju National Universities, Kyung Hee Univ., Ewha Womans Univ Korea University, and Seoul National University, Chiba University in Japan.

Consul General Ioannis Stamatekos has studied Political Science and International Relations at Boston University and International Relations and International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, Washington DC. 

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public but seating is limited.

For more information, you could visit Modern Greek Studies – Loyola Marymount University (lmu.edu)