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BYU announces fall semester forum speakers

Brigham Young University’s fall semester 2009 forum assembly schedule features three unique and diverse American voices at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, will discuss “The Cosmic Perspective” during his forum address Tuesday, Sept. 22. The host of the popular public television science feature “NOVA Science Now,” he also hosted NOVA’s critically acclaimed four-part miniseries “Origins.” He is the author of eight best-selling books on the cosmos.

Greg Mortenson, author of the The New York Times bestseller “Three Cups of Tea” and founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, will speak on “Fighting for Peace through Education” Tuesday, Oct. 27. Born in Minnesota, Mortenson grew up on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with his Lutheran missionary parents, who founded a teaching hospital and international school. In continuing his parents’ work, he has been widely honored.

Noah Feldman, a professor of law at the Harvard Law School, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 17. Author of a January 2008 article in The New York Times titled, “What Is It About Mormonism?” and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Feldman specializes in constitutional studies and the relationship between law and religion. He was a featured speaker at the Princeton Conference on Mormonism in American Politics in November 2008.

A question-and-answer session traditionally follows each BYU forum assembly from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marriott Center; however, the Feldman question-and-answer session will take place in the Assembly Hall at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center due to a basketball game scheduled later that day in the Marriott Center.

The lectures are free and the public is welcome to attend. Please note that the lectures are not scheduled to be rebroadcast or published.

For more information, contact Jeffrey D. Keith, associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies, at (801) 422-4331.

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