Taking Stock of Time - UNCW Faculty to Discuss Different Perspectives on Time

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

"Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care (about time)?" - Songwriter Robert Lamm, Chicago

Wilmington, N.C. - UNCW faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences plan to explore the concept of time during their second annual symposium, 7-9 p.m., Feb. 20, at King Hall on campus.

The "What is time?" panel discussion, moderated by Communication Studies Department Chair Dr. Rick Olsen, will feature remarks by faculty members from the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and sciences. Each will discuss different academic perspectives of time.

The panelists and their topics are:

  • Rich Ogle, Psychology Department Chair - how time perspective influences behavior
  • Patricia Turrisi, Director of Graduate Liberal Studies - how meaningful events are marked on a common time scale
  • Juan Carlos Kase, Assistant Professor of Film Studies - how the passing of time is shown in cinema
  • Jeremy Tirrell, Assistant Professor of English - how a Greek concept of time has newfound relevance in the digital age
  • John Rack, Associate Professor of Music - how time is viewed in music around the world
  • Mark Cox, Professor of Creative Writing - how the movement within lyric and lyric-narrative poetry relates to time
  • Brian Davis, Professor, of Physics and Physical Oceanography Professor - how early cultures used the sun's yearly cycle for practical and religious purposes
  • Russ Herman, Professor of Physics and Physical Oceanography and Mathematics and Statistics - how physicists' search to understand time has inspired a human fascination with the fate of the universe, time travel, black holes, wormholes, and parallel universes.

The symposium is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in Lot B near King Hall.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations,, 910-962-7631