UA professor plans
talk on cosmology

FreeThought Arizona is offering a free talk by Christopher D. Impey, “Humble Before the Void,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the DuVal Auditorium at University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Impey, a UA professor and researcher on observational cosmology and the evolution and structure of the galaxies, has been visiting the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains for five years to teach cosmology to Buddhist monks. The program was started by the Dalai Lama. Impey, a past vice president of the American Astronomical Society, will speak about where religion and science meet, and how cosmology can be presented to people with limited science background from a very different culture.

Judaism series, classes to explore the faith

Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. Fifth St., is offering an adult education series on the passions and purpose of Jews and Judaism beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 29, and Feb. 5.

The evenings will include a keynote speaker followed by two classes led by experts. Admission to the series is $18 per person plus a food donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Registration is required by Friday. For more information and to register, call 745-5550, Ext. 225, or visit

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jan. 22: former Arizona Chief Justice Stanley Feldman, “Growing Up Jewish in 1940s and ’50s Tucson.”
  • Jan. 29: Richard Green, astronomer and director of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory, “Cosmology and Jewish Thought.”
  • Feb. 5: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, “Leadership and Jewish Values”

Classes after the talks will include “Meditation as Prayer,” “Jewish Identity in America,” “Israel Today” and “Modern Kosher Cooking.”

Compiled by reporter Patty Machelor. Contact her at