Brown University School of Engineering

HUGs + STEM Lunchtime Conversation: Arlie Petters, Duke University

Thursday, November 8, 2018

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA)

Please join us for a HUGs + STEM Lunchtime Conversation with Arlie Petters, the Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University. He is also the Benjamin Powell Professor of Mathematics and a Professor of Physics and Economics.

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Dr. Petters will be at CSREA for an informal lunchtime conversation about people of color in STEM industries. What are the opportunities? What are the visible and invisible barriers and hurdles? What are some good strategies for leveling the playing field in the ever-expanding and influential STEM industries?

We will serve lunch and spaces are limited, so please RSVP to Caitlin Scott at [email protected].

Later that evening, Dr. Petters will give a lecture as part of the Brown University Presidential Colloquium Series, Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond. For more information, visit


Dr. Petters’research deals with explores how gravity acts on light. He was the first to develop the mathematical theory of gravitational lensing, which brought powerful methods from pure mathematics to bear on astronomy. Dr. Petters also pioneered new applications of gravitational lensing in physics, predicting effects
that probe the nature of spacetime around black holes and developing tests of Einstein’s general relativity and modified gravity models. He has written five books and is currently co-authoring a monograph on gravitational lensing and black holes.