How we learn to read codes, patterns, signs, and symbols and navigate webs of meaning
Dr. Marilyn McEntyre and Dr. Wayne Iba
Whole Life Seminar
June 2-6, 2008
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Professor Marilyn McEntyre, PhD
In addition to nearly thirty years of teaching courses in American literature and culture, Marilyn teaches adult classes in churches, leads retreats, and occasionally steps in for vacationing pastors. She has taught courses for Princeton and Fuller Seminaries. Her primary areas of interest are stewardship of language, poetry and prayer, how to deepen devotional reading, and Christian reponses to contemporary public issues. She has taught and written on cultural dimensions of medicine and caregiving. She writes regularly for Weavings: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. Her books include three collections of poems that offer reflections on the paintings of Vermeer (In Quiet Light), Rembrandt (Drawn to the Light), and Van Gogh (The Color of Light). Among the classes she offers are sessions in which participants are invited to view slides of the paintings and reflect together on how they invite us to see in new ways.
Wayne Iba joined Westmont's Mathematics and Computer Science department in 2003. Previously, he worked at NASA, the FBI, a non-profit research institute, and in the commercial sector. The common theme of his research has been to develop computer programs that learn how to provide personalized assistance by unobtrusively observing a user's behavior. His studies in Information and Computer Sciences at UC Santa Cruz (B.A.) and UC Irvine (M.S. and Ph.D.) focused on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Experimental Psychology. Dr. Iba's current research focuses on the nature of service, but other interests include property models in digital environments and the interactions between Artificial Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind.