Coffey Talk: A St. Patrick's Day Tradition
By Greg Rienzi
Donald Coffey seemingly never tires of talking about
his favorite subject, humanity. The Johns Hopkins professor
pharmacology and molecular sciences will once again
dissect the human condition in the 11th biannual St.
Patrick's Day Lecture, "Science, Creativity and Human
The event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 17, at Turner Auditorium, East Baltimore
Through a series of slides and musings, Coffey will
challenge the audience to consider, Who are we? Where are
we? and Where are we going? The audio-visual presentation
is designed to present diverse views to unresolved issues,
such as how humans have developed, and why they are
conscious of the universe in ways that other forms of life
are not. Coffey said the presentation, which will feature
hundreds of provocative images, is intended to be fun and
"I try to break it all down to fundamentals so that
everyone in the audience can understand it," said Coffey,
who gave the first of his humanity talks to a youth group
in 1979, following the death of a student. "The
presentation races through the entire universe: stream
theory to atoms and good vs. evil to the question of life
beyond the Earth."
Why a Saint Patrick's Day Lecture?
"I'm Irish, and they told me 22 years ago to pick a
day to give this talk," he said. "So I did."
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