L&S Salon Series

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The L&S Salon Series showcases the exceptional diversity and range of disciplines embedded across the five divisions in the College of Letters & Science.

This series brings together L&S faculty and students from different disciplines to interrogate and explore a universal question or idea from disparate fields and perspectives. Explore this webpage to learn more about our upcoming events and watch recordings of past L&S Salons.

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Past L&S Salons

What is a Fact?

January 24, 2023

"There are no facts, only interpretations."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

In this thought-provoking panel, a professor of mathematical logic, a research psychologist, and a literary philosopher shared how they each approach the essential and sometimes tricky question, "What is a fact?"

  • Antonio Montalbán, Professor of Mathematics
  • Kent Puckett, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Ida May and William J. Eggers Jr.
  • Linda Wilbrecht, Professor, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Psychology

Led in conversation by L&S Executive Dean Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, these researchers discussed how their disparate fields answer this question and the implications for the world beyond the university. The panel concluded with a lively Q&A session and reception.

L&S Salon: What is a Fact (January 24, 2023)

Group shot of panelists from What is a Fact

Executive Dean Jennifer Johnson-Hanks (left) with panelists: Kent Puckett, Antonio Montalbán, and Linda Wilbrecht.