All in the Family: Baylor Welcomes Three Brothers for Panel Discussion on Creativity

April 18, 2012

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Waco, Texas (April 18, 2012)- Three brothers: Mathematician Ted Chihara, Ph.D., Philosopher Charles Chihara, Ph.D., and Musician Paul Chihara, D.M.A., will present a panel discussion, "All in the Family: Creativity Across the Disciplines Through Three Brothers," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Kayser Auditorium of the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor, will serve as host and moderator of the discussion, which is co-sponsored by the Baylor Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music.

Ted Chihara, professor emeritus at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., earned his doctoral degree in mathematics from Purdue in 1955. He is a well-known mathematician because of his fundamental work in the field of orthogonal polynomials and for his influential textbook "An Introduction to Orthogonal Polynomials." His name is associated with several mathematical objections, including the Al-Salam-Chihara polynomials, the Brenke-Chihara polynomials and the Chihara-Ismail polynomials.

Charles Chihara, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, earned his doctoral degree from the University of Washington in 1960. He was a member of the UC Berkeley faculty for 37 years, beginning in 1963. There, he won a number of prestigious fellowships and published many articles in the philosophy of mathematics and logic. He is author of "Ontology and the Vicious Circle Principle" (1973), "Constructibility and Mathematical Existence" (1990) and "The Worlds of Possibility: Model Realism and the Semantics of Modal Logic" (1998).

Paul Chihara, professor of theory and composition at the University of California, Los Angeles, earned his doctorate in musical arts from Cornell University in 1965. He was the first composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. At UCLA, he is head of the Visual Media Program. His prize-winning concert works include symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral compositions and ballets, which have been performed to great acclaim nationally and internationally.

About Baylor

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University's oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 27 academic departments and 13 academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College span topics from art and theatre to religion, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Faculty conduct research around the world, and research on the undergraduate and graduate level is prevalent throughout all disciplines.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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