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Physics professor David T. Bradley to give talk about the acoustics of worship spaces in the Vassar College Chapel, April 21, 2016

Physicist and Vassar associate professor of physics and astronomy David T. Bradley will address “Worship Space Acoustics: The Sound of the Sacred” in a free, public lecture on Thursday, April 21, 8:00pm in the Vassar College Chapel. A dessert reception in the Chapel Tower Room will follow the presentation.

Bradley’s lecture will explore how the architectural design of a worship space helps or hinders the way religious programming is experienced. He will discuss how the sonic environment of a worship space affects the acoustics of spoken-word and music, paying particular attention to the acoustics of the Vassar Chapel. Additionally, he will examine the progression of acoustical design for worship spaces for a variety of religions over the past 30 years.  Bradley will draw largely from the new book, Worship Space Acoustics: 3 Decades of Design, for which he served as the lead editor. This event corresponds with the release of the book, and copies will be available for purchase.

Bradley teaches a variety of courses at Vassar, and conducts research in architectural acoustics, computational acoustics, and physics pedagogy.  He holds a Ph.D. in architectural engineering-acoustics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant that supports teacher-scholars.

This event is sponsored by Vassar’s Physics and Astronomy Department, Religion Department, Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, April 5, 2016