Annual Report 2006-7
This report covers the period from
Director: John Black Liberal Studies and Philosophy
Researchers: Oscar Clemotte Philosophy
Bill Weller Physics and Engineering
Lisa MacLean Liberal Studies
Collaborator: Ana-María Donat Modern Languages
Honorary Associate: Russell McNeil Liberal Studies and Physics (retd.)
Student Assistant: Lorill
The Centre continues to operate independently of yet in
collaboration with other research groupings at
Meditation on Beauty
Oscar Clemotte and John Black’s translation of Malaspina’s Meditation on Beauty in Nature has now been
General Theses on Physics
Bill Weller last year produced the Latin text of this, the only work published by Malaspina during his lifetime, which consist of an axiomatization of Newtonian physics. He and Russell McNeil are continuing the project of translating this from Latin into English.
Pictures of an Expedition
The Centre last year participated in a consulting capacity
in a website development project with the Maritime Museum of British Columbia
Further, the MMBC hosted a symposium on George Vancouver,
organised by Barry Gough, in April 2006, with the Centre, the ICR and the
Research Assistant Tonja Henigman last year completed the cataloguing of the Centre’s resources, and that part of the Library’s Special Collection which pertains to the Centre’s mandate.
Biosphere Conversation Series
AMRC has co-sponsored, and contributed to the organising and financing of, the first in a series of symposia on philosophy and the environment. The symposium itself took place in April 2007, and will be included in next year’s Annual Report.
Public Events and Other Activity
Public Guest Lecture
The annual guest lecture was given by Dee Longenbaugh,
historian and cartographer from
In July 2006 John Black again visited the Centro di
Studi Malaspiniani in
The Centre continues to produce a short electronic newsletter. Its archive is at: web.mala.bc.ca/black/amrc/Newsletter/newsarchive.htm.
Alexandro Malaspina Liberal Studies Award
As a way of
honouring Alexandro Malaspina’s broad range of intellectual achievement, the
Centre supplied seed funding for a student award, to go to the Liberal
Studies BA major student who shows the greatest commitment to and achievement
in interdisciplinary study, with need and general academic performance as
tie-breaking factors. Through donations from Liberal Studies faculty, alumni
and audience members at the Department’s regular Music of the World concerts,
the endowment has now reached the minimum for matching funds from the
No additional funding has been received during 2006-7.
Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre