Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2016
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

ICE’s launching conference brought to the Dartmouth campus leading scientists, humanists, and public intellectuals working on fundamental questions at the forefront of cross-disciplinary research. Presentations included topics such as the nature of free will, the multiverse, the search for meaning through the arts and the sciences, the possibility of alien life, and the future relationship between the sciences and the humanities.


If you weren't able to join us in person, please do check out the videos.





K.C. Cole

University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism
Professor of Journalism

Seth Lloyd

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Paul Davies

Arizona State University
Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Maria Popova
Writer, blogger, online curator

Marcelo Gleiser

Dartmouth College
Director of ICE, Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Adina Roskies

Dartmouth College
Professor of Philosophy

Rebecca Goldstein

Novelist, philosopher, visiting professor at New York University

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Wesleyan University
Professor of Religion

Alan Lightman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Novelist, essayist, physicist, Professor of the Practice of the Humanities

William Storrar

Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ


Friday, September 30, 2016

2:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:40 p.m.

  • Rebecca Goldstein
    “The Philosophers and the Scientists Should Be Friends”
  • Seth Lloyd
    “A Turing Test for Free Will”

4:30 p.m.

  • William Storrar
    “Instituting Interdisciplinarity: The Cultural Challenge”
  • K.C. Cole
    “Science for the Soul: The Sentimental Fruits”
  • Mary-Jane Rubenstein
    “God and the Multiverse: A Melodrama”

Saturday, October 1, 2016

9:15 a.m.
Remarks by President Phil Hanlon, Dartmouth College

9:30 a.m.

  • Maria Popova
    “Aesthetic Fact: Memory, Memetics, and How Beauty Mediates the Porous Boundary Between Art and Science”
  • Alan Lightman
    “The Physicist as Novelist”

11:30 a.m.

  • Paul Davies
    “Are We Alone?”

12:10 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

  • Adina Roskies
    “Free Will in the Age of Neuroscience”

2:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion

  • Moderated by Marcelo Gleiser


Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2016
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

For more information, contact Amy Flockton, Assistant Director, ICE at Dartmouth or 603.646.1380