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January 2017

Human Origins: Recent Findings from Genetics

January 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Braverman, SJ, PhD Associate Professor of Biology, St. Joseph University 7 pm, January 25 (February 1, in case of snow) Where did we come from? This lecture offers an informed updating using current scientific conclusions from population genetics. The origin of modern humans, their migrations, and interbreeding with other species is presented in dialog with Catholic theology. For event flyer, click here

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August 2017

Retreat: Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ

August 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - August 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand their mystical hearts. Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ August 18 – 23, 2018 Enders Island Retreat Center, Mystic CT Contact: Jeanne Goyette, OP jgoyetteop@yahoo.com For event flyer…

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October 2017

How Much Can Biology Explain? Charles Darwin & Bernard Lonergan, SJ

October 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Haught, PhD Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University 1:30 - 4:00 PM, October 8 Evolutionary biology contributes much to our present understanding of life, and it promises also to deepen our understanding of human intelligence, ethics and even religion. For some evolutionists, however, Darwin’s science is so impressive that it now supplants theology by providing what appears to be the ultimate explanation of all manifestations of life including human intelligence. By using the Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan's theory of understanding…

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November 2017

Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Bindu Methikalam, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology, Chestnut Hill College 7 pm, November 2 Dreams are a fascinating way to gain new or deeper understanding of one’s identity.  At the same time, there are often misconceptions about dreams and exploring dreams can be confusing.  This interactive lecture will provide an overview of present research on dreams as well as some of the cultural factors associated with dream work.  Dr. Methikalam is Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program and Assistant…

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Spiritual Insights on Studying the Atmosphere of Mars

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Brother Robert Novak, CFC, PhD Professor of Physics, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY Collaborator with NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center and their collaborators have been analyzing the components of the atmosphere of Mars, particularly, water, ozone, and methane. In this lecture, Brother Robert Novak will share details about his research and the impact of his study of Mars’ atmosphere on his spirituality and experience of community among his coworkers.…

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February 2018

Physics, Faith and the Meaning of Life – Marisa Christina March, PhD

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Marisa Cristina March, PhD is a cosmologist at the University of Pennsylvania where she carries out research in the field of dark energy science, a field that seeks to understand the acceleration of the Universe. Dr. March has worked on galaxy lensing for the future Euclid space mission, and she now works on supernova cosmology for the ground based Dark Energy Survey. Dr. March studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where she also carried out her doctoral research on…

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April 2018

Darwin and Divinity – Nelson Rivera, PhD

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Nelson Rivera is Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa. He has a PhD in Religion from Temple University, and is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Rivera’s main area of teaching and research is Doctrinal Theology, with pronounced interest on the evolution of Christian doctrine, the use of theological language, and how these disciplines inform the practice of ministry. His published work covers confessional statements of faith, as well as…

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September 2018

Drawn to Follow the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle – Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD

September 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Kathleen Duffy, SSJ is Professor of Physics at Chestnut Hill College, where she directs the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and the Institute for Religion and Science. She is editor of Teilhard Studies and serves on the Advisory Boards of the American Teilhard Association and Cosmos and Creation. Her present research deals with the way Teilhard de Chardin’s religious writings connect with modern science. She has published several book chapters and articles on these topics, an edited volume of essays entitled Rediscovering…

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October 2018

How to Pursue Truth – Camille Carlisle, M.S.

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Camille Carlisle, a Catholic science journalist and staff editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics and from MIT with an MS in Science Writing. Previously, Camille worked at Science News magazine in Washington, DC as the publication’s fact checker. Her articles have appeared in Sky & Telescope, Science News, Technology Review, and MIT’s webzine Scope. As Staff Editor at Sky & Telescope, Camille handles commissions and edits freelance articles about…

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November 2018

Teilhard, Francoeur, and the Religion-Science Debates of the Early 1960s – Susan Sack, PhD

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Susan Kassman Sack received her PhD in Theology in 2014 from the University of Dayton after a career as professor of Math and Computer Science and as Systems Analyst. Her book, America’s Teilhard, which deals with the rise and fall of Teilhard’s popularity in the 1960s will be published by The Catholic University of America Press in spring, 2019. Sue presently serves as chaplain at Miami Valley North hospital in Dayton, Ohio and is pursuing certification as a spiritual director.…

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