Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Life, Consciousness and Gaia" - 21st March

"Life, Consciousness and Gaia: Reflections on the Work of James Lovelock"

"Agee seems to have hit that fine balance between allusiveness and clarity, and formal control and spontaneity, that so few poets manage to achieve these days" said Don Paterson referring to "First Light" by author Chris Agee who will deliver the next lecture in the Faculty of Science Public Lecture Series at UCC.

At the next lecture which will take place on Wednesday, 21 March, Chris Agee will discuss the two seminal works of James Lovelock, Gaia and The Revenge of Gaia. Whilst recently re-reading the former Chris Agee says he was struck not only by the prescience of the atmospheric chemistry, but his fascinating discussion about the absence of a satisfactory scientific answer to the question of "what is life? "It is this line of thought that I would like to give especial consideration (though not all in relation to the sense of the phrase in the embryo debate), connecting as it does with some of my bio-tech preoccupations in The Earth Issue. I also noticed the strongly contrarian streak in the earlier book and would like to analyse how this continues
in the newer one" said Mr Agee.

Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University, where he studied with the poet and translator Robert Fitzgerald. Since 1979 he has lived in Ireland. He is the author of two books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992) and First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003). A former guest editor of Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry (Chicago) and Metre, he also edited Scar on the Stone: Contemporary Poetry from Bosnia (Bloodaxe Books, 1998, Poetry Book Society Recommendation) and Unfinished Ireland: Essays on Hubert Butler (Irish Pages, 2003). His work is included in the landmark Northern anthology, Magnetic North: The Emerging Poets (Lagan Press, 2006). He now edits Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing based at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast. He reviews regularly for The Irish Times and has recently completed a new collection of poems, Next to Nothing.

The lecture takes place at UCC's Boole Lecture Theatre 4 at 8pm on Wednesday, 21 March. The highly popular lecture series, organised by Professor William Reville of the Faculty of Science, UCC, continues weekly until 28 March 2007. Admission to the lecture is free, and as always, members of the public are invited to attend.

For further information contact: Marie McSweeney, Press Officer, University College Cork, Tel. 021 4902371; mobile 086 0845182.


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