March 31 lecture to discuss communicating complicated concepts

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Can You Explain that So I Can Understand It? Specialized Research & the Public Mind

John Churchill Rhodes Scholar John Churchill, the secretary (chief executive officer) of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will present the inaugural keynote lecture, “Can You Explain that So I Can Understand It?: Specialized Research and the Public Mind,”  for the 14th annual TU Student Research Colloquium on Thursday, March 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center, The University of Tulsa Campus.

Although explaining specialized research to lay-level audiences can be difficult, Churchill poses that it is necessary. His talk will address how those who work in an academic/research setting or the corporate/professional world, can communicate complicated concepts to diverse audiences.

A native of Arkansas, Churchill’s scholarly interests include the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and David Hume, as well as topics in the history of philosophy of religion and the philosophy of liberal education. He was educated at Rhodes College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and at Yale University, where he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1978.

In the 1970s, he served as assistant American secretary to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust and has been active since that time in the selection of Rhodes Scholars.

The University of Tulsa Office of the Provost, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, and the Student Research Colloquium are sponsors of Churchill’s appearance.

Hope Geiger