Roden Crater is a cinder cone volcano near Flagstaff, Arizona where, for the past 40 years, artist James Turrell has been working on his magnum opus. Here he has built dramatic ‘sky spaces,’ rooms and tunnels with openings oriented toward celestial and atmospheric events. The place invites visitors to explore perception itself, and to question their place in the cosmos. This talk will introduce some of the intriguing philosophical, psychological, and scientific issues this one-of-a-kind work of art in Arizona will confront us with when it finally opens to the public.
This program is being co-hosted by Chandler-Gilbert Community College. REGISTER HERE.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Matthew Goodwin has a Ph.D. in Philosophy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he specializes in environmental ethics and phenomenology. Matthew was recently a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on extending Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic.” He is co-founder of Sedona Philosophy, which offers guided hikes and retreats in Sedona and northern Arizona.