A Conversation: Alan Lightman and Oprah Winfrey

Oprah speaks with Professor Alan Lightman, a writer, physicist, and Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at MIT. In this conversation, part of Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour, she talks with Lightman about the presence, authenticity, and meanings of spiritual experiencea. Lightman's ideas are also expressed in his recent article in the Atlantic Monthly, in which he describes the rush and "heave" of the modern world, and explores the benefits of finding time for stillness and quiet. 


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Alan Lightman: MIT webpage

The virus is a reminder of something lost long ago
In The Atlantic, MIT Professor of Writing Alan Lightman observes that the pandemic may force "many of us to slow down, to spend more time in reflection, away from the noise and heave of the world. With more quiet time, we have an opportunity to think about who we are, as individuals and as a society."

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine
by Alan Lightman, Pantheon, 2018

About Oprah Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour

Comparative Media Studies/Writing