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Speaker Series Welcomes Cornell Professor For Lecture

September 11, 2007 - The 2007-08 Collin College Distinguished Speaker Series will take on knowledge as it kicks off its new year.

Dr. Trevor Pinch, professor of sociology and professor and chair of science and technology studies at Cornell University, will present "Understanding the Golem of Science and Technology: The Social Roots of Knowledge" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Dr. Pinch will outline the golem metaphor as a way to understand science and technology and draw upon insights from the recent social studies of science.

The purpose of this series is to bring the pursuit and understanding of knowledge to life with a series of speakers -- some of the foremost scholars from around the nation with a variety of backgrounds and expertise.

Other scheduled speakers include Dr. Diane Ackerman, poet and writer, Tuesday, Nov. 6., Dr. Joan Fujimura, professor sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tuesday, March 4, and Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and executive director of the Skeptics Society, Tuesday, April 15.

The lectures are free and open to the public. All events will be held in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series, contact Regina Hughes, director, at or call 972.881.5900. Or visit the series webpage at

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