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Kalantari to give Hallwas Lecture; Sept. 14 in Macomb, Sept. 15 in Moline

August 21, 2009

MACOMB, ILL. – Western Illinois University Mathematics Department’s Chair, Iraj Kalantari, will deliver the Seventh Annual John Hallwas Liberal Arts Lecture on Monday, September 14 in Macomb and Tuesday, September 15 in Moline.

The WIU-Macomb lecture will be at 7 p.m. September 14 in the University Union Grand Ballroom. The WIU-Quad Cities presentation will be at 7 p.m. September 15 in room 102.

Kalantari will speak on the effectiveness and joy in mathematics and its role in our everyday experiences. The title of his talk is ‘Mathematics: The Landscape of the Liberal Arts.’

Kalantari started his career at Western Illinois University in 1978. He has held posts at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1976. He has received three outstanding faculty awards from WIU, a researcher of the year award from Sigma Xi Society, and an outstanding research award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I wish to suggest some perspectives for viewing mathematics that help reveal its striking features,” said Kalantari. “By examining the natural belonging of mathematics in the Liberal Arts, I hope to invite the listener to deliberate on its role in learning and in life.’

“Dr. Kalantari is an engaging personality and renowned scholar. He is well skilled in being able to discuss complex mathematics with people outside the field in such a way that math becomes accessible and understandable. In a day when more than half of all freshmen entering college require remedial mathematics courses, this lecture is certainly timely,” said Dr. John Hallwas who delivered the inaugural Liberal Arts Lecture in September 2003.

“As always, we are grateful to John and Garnett Hallwas for the time and effort they put in to help us present this signature event for the College of Arts and Sciences. Their commitment to the Liberal Arts, the College, and to Western Illinois University is legend and all of us join together to offer them our thanks for all they do for us throughout the year,” said Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Susan Martinelli-Fernandez.

“I would also like to thank Dr. Kalantari for his diligent work on this year’s lecture. I believe our students and faculty, as well as high school students will benefit from his remarks,” Martinelli-Fernandez added.

Past lecturers in the series have included Dr. John Hallwas (2003), Dr. Charles Helm (2004), Dr. Karen Mann (2005), Dr. Tracy Knight (2006), WIU President Al Goldfarb (2007), and Dr. Rick Hardy (2008).

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