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November 2015

The Vivian J Lamb Lecture Series

November 19, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Villanova University   For more information on this event click here.

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February 2016

Where the Great Heron Feeds: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World

February 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Presented By:   Mark I. Wallace Ph.D Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College 7 pm, October 19, 2015, Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf Campus Chestnut Hill College  Announcing its presence in silent flight, the Great Blue Heron teaches us that all of creation is sacred. Using biblical and historical sources, I illustrate how Christianity sees all of Nature as filled with God's presence and suggest how the vision of a shared and verdant Earth saturated with Divine Presence can morally and spiritually empower…

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March 2016

Change ~ Contemplation ~ Civil Discourse

March 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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        Change ~ Contemplation ~ Civil Discourse   Janet Mock, CSJ Former Executive Director of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)   In an increasingly diverse global community, change is inevitable. How do we understand, discern, and manage our response to the changing world around us so as to foster well-being for all? How can we engage one another in issues of importance even when we don't see eye to eye? This presentation will provide resources for…

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Open Dome Night

March 21, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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April 2016

Laudato Si’: Reflections on Pope Francis and the Environment

April 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Laudato Si’: Reflections on Pope Francis and the Environment Thomas J. Reese, SJ Senior Analyst National Catholic Reporter   In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis reflects on what science and theology can tell us about our responsibility for our common home and how politics and economics is getting in the way of our fulfilling that responsibility. He calls us to radical changes in our life style, economics, and spirituality. Father Thomas J. Reese was educated at St. Louis University,…

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September 2016

Do Humans Have Minds? Neuroscientific and Biblical Issues

September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Nancey Murphy, PhD, looks briefly at theological views of human nature and at critical points in history when science influenced these views. The major emphasis will be to illustrate the many ways neuroscience is calling body-soul or body-mind dualism into question, and promoting a physicalist account—that is, describing humans as purely physical organisms. However, the claim that we are composed of matter must not be taken to imply that higher human faculties are simply determined by material laws.    …

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October 2016

Outsourcing Memory? Can we Upload our Memory to a Computer?

October 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Professor Herzfeld will examine how our increasing dependence on computers as our outsourced memory alters not only our recollection of the past but the present as well, affecting how we relate to one another and how we understand ourselves. To view the flyer for this event, click here. For directions please see the map below.

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November 2016

Science, Subjective Consciousness, and Faith: Struggling to Hold It All Together

November 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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As the sciences advance, questions of subjective human consciousness share the stage with religion and philosophy. Conflicts and difficulties arise for Christians in theory and practice. For instance, how can the psychology of religious experience be understood? Together we will explore this question which will hopefully induce creative insights and further explorations. Sidney Callahan, PhD is a writer who seeks to integrate Christian faith and the intellectual challenges of our culture. Her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology is from the City…

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Open Dome Night

November 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Observatory – 5th Floor SJH, 9801 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19118 United States
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Join us for open dome night on the 6th floor of Saint Joseph's Hall. We'll be opening up the astronomy tower to look at the stars! Click Here for more information. Check out the Open Dome Night trailer!

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January 2017

Human Origins: Recent Findings from Genetics

January 25 @ 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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