Physics Colloquium with Walter E. Massey

3:30–4:30 pm


Reflections on a Full, Consequential, and Lucky Life: Science, Leadership, and Education
Walter E.  Massey

Host: Young-Kee Kim

Walter E. Massey Event Poster

Referencing John Dewey: "the inclination to learn from life itself and to make the condition of life such that all will learn the process of living is the finest product of schooling," Walter Massey shares experiences fro a variegated set of institutions and circumstances, including a 55-year association with the University of Chicago in multiple capacities.

Questions to be reflected on include:

  • How does growing up in rigidly and dangerously segregated Mississippi in the forties and fifties, cutting lcasses and playing alto saxophone in a rhythm and blues band, lead to becoming a theoretical physicist?
  • How did and academic scientist, who never took a business or finance course become chairman of Bank of America, at the time the largest bank in the nation, in the midst of global financial crisis?
  • How did a theoretical physicist become president of one of the nation's Premier schools of Art and Design?
  • What is the impact of a liberal education and scientific career on shaping a life of consequence? 
  • Why is diversity and inclusion in science more important now than ever?   
  • What does luck have to do with it? 

Followed by a conversation with Don Michael Randel.

Event Type

Colloquia and Lectures

May 27