On Thursday, April 4, 2013, novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, a scholar and author who lectures around the world on issues of science and religion, read from one of her latest works, "36 Arguments for the Existence of God," in an an on-campus book reading at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room. A question-and-answer session, as well as a book signing followed her remarks.
In addition to her April 4 book reading, Goldstein also met with students and faculty for focused dialogue about her book, "Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity" (2009). Goldstein's visit on April 4 and 5 marked her second campus appearance at HWS. In 2001, she gave a talk at an event hosted by the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.
Winner of awards for both her literary and scholarly work, Goldstein's career intersects the cultural lines of the humanities, arts, and sciences. Not only is she an author, philosopher, and academic, but she equally can discuss subjects ranging from physics to fiction writing.
Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and went on to earn her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. After receiving her degree, Goldstein returned to Barnard, where she taught courses in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science.
Throughout her career, Goldstein has received numerous honors, including her being named a MacArthur Fellow in 1996. In 2006, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a Radcliffe Fellowship. Included among her most recent lectures, Goldstein spoke at the World Science Festival in New York, the London School of Economics, the Bath Literature Festival, and Cambridge University.