Prof. Dan McArthur to deliver keynote at interdisciplinary conference

Dan McArthur, a philosphy professor at York University, will present the keynote lecture at the sixth annual Keyano College University Studies conference taking place in Fort McMurray on March 3.

Dan McArthur

The theme of the conference is “Imaginary Boundaries: Bridging the Gap between the Arts and the Sciences”, and McArthur will discuss interdisciplinary programs including those at York University. He will address the past, present and future of interdisciplinary studies and promote York as a lead institution in this area in his talk “Exploding the Myth: The End of the Idea of Two Cultures”.

McArthur’s area of focus is on philosophy and modes of reasoning, and his current research explores topics of theory change and the nature of scientific discovery.

“The future of interdisciplinary studies is an open horizon, and York is in a position to lead,” said McArthur.

The full-day conference celebrates a new Interdisciplinary Studies Program, and will explore the bridges being built between provinces to support interdisciplinary studies, with a focus on art and science.

There will be panel discussions that explore the boundaries of arts and science, and where that line blurs, and participants in the conference will be able to examine topics from genetically modified humans and utopian visions of the future, to imagining other worlds.

More information on the conference is available on the Keyano website.