March 30, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-William Irwin Thompson will speak on "The Cultural Phenomenology of Literature" on Monday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Room 3 in the Merrill Science Center at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Transdisciplinary Fund, Thompson's talk is free and open to the public. Thompson's lecture will treat the evolution of consciousness from the perspective put forward in his book, Coming Into Being: Artifacts And Texts In The Evolution Of Consciousness.

Thompson is a prolific author with 17 books in the areas of cultural history, education and poetry. Educated at Pomona College and Cornell University, Thompson taught at MIT and York Universities prior to founding the Lindisfarne Association, which he calls "an association of creative individuals devoted to the study and realization of a new planetary culture.