The Cambridge Roundtable on Intellectual Freedom
and the U.S. Islamic-School Education Experience
Muslim Immigrants, Education
and U.S. Culture
Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. The growth and regional migration of Muslims…have brought Muslims and the Islamic faith to the forefront of the political debate in many countries. Yet many facts about Muslims are not well known in some of these places, and most Americans…say they know little or nothing about Islam. ~ Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world, by Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center, February 27, 2017
* From Muslims in the Melting Pot (First Things, April 2016, published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life) by Boston University Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Charles L. Glenn, PI of a study of Islamic high schools nationwide in a multi-sector study to explore “the relationship between schooling and the formation of moral sensibilities and habits among the young.” Glenn was director of urban education and equity efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Education, including administration of over $200 million in state funds for magnet schools and desegregation.
Serving the faculties of the Boston Islamic Seminary, Hebrew College, and Andover Newton School of Theology, Celene Ibrahim also holds an appointment as the Muslim Chaplain for Tufts University and is completing a PhD at Brandeis University’s Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with a focus on women in the Qur’an. Previously: M.Div., Harvard Divinity School and B.A., Near Eastern Studies with highest honors from Princeton University.At a nominal cost of $20 per person, every Cambridge Roundtable seats six guests to a table for dinner, drinks, dessert & discussion after brief remarks from presenters. At the close of our evening we include time for questions and comments directed to our presenters. (Though it is customary to not meet on a Friday night, with a Club schedule crowded by remodeling, it could not be avoided.) For questions or comments, please reach Roundtable Coordinator Dave Thom and Roundtable Administrator Christina English at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though the Roundtable is by invitation only, we are more than glad to work with you as an invited guest to welcome colleagues of yours to participate. ~~~~~ The Roundtable is co-chaired by: Owen Gingerich, Astronomy and History of Science (Emeritus), Harvard University Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute and Dean, MIT Roundtable Coordinator: David Thom, Associate Chaplain, MIT Harvard, MIT, B.U., and Tufts professors are the majority of our 100+ guests that gather at each evening’s faculty-seminar Roundtable. By invitation a broad spectrum of faculty have engaged in roundtable dinner-discussions, experiencing an exchange with the potential to bring added depth to their lives as scholars and as educators. Sponsored by Christian chairpersons and dedicated to fostering dialogue that explores the intersection of current academic thought and every shade of religious and non-religious thought on issues related to science and religion, invitations are not pre-sorted in alignment with any particular perspective. Select community leaders are invited to ensure a diversity of religious points of view. Our evenings together have been made possible thanks to funding in partnership with generous local scholars, Christian Union, and the Sword and Spoon and Gloria Dei foundations, and thanks to Memorial Church of Harvard University.
Among the recent fifty-one Cambridge Roundtables on Science, Art & Religion:
September 21 Genomic Engineering: What will it take to stay human and define what it means to be human?
George Church, Harvard University, Genetics
James Sherley, Founder: asymmetrex.com
Ten Mini-Roundtables Sept. 28 to Dec. 7 addressed genomic engineering and what it means to be human: see Previous Roundtables.March 2016 Is reality elusive, immersed in mystery, and unknowable? Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth College, Physics and Astronomy Ian Hutchinson, MIT, Nuclear Science and Engineering September 2015 The Mystery of Cosmological Constants: Evidence for the Existence of God? Walter Bradley, Baylor University, Mechanical Engineering Randy Isaac, Executive Director of the American Scientific Affiliation May 2015 Science and the Modern World: how should one describe the place and authority of science? Steven Shapin, Harvard University, History of Science Walter Kim, Park Street Church Associate Minister February 2015 Moral Progress: Does it Exist? If so, What Causes It? Steven Pinker, Harvard University, Psychology November 2014 The Human Soul – Can it Survive in an Age of Neuroscience? Ken Miller Brown University, Biology Stan Goldin Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience April 2014 Science & Scientism, part three: Arête and The Normative Explosion (And Why We Only Needed One) Rebecca Newberger Goldstein author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away November 2013 Science & Scientism, part two: The Affairs of Louis Agassiz: Race, Religion, and Charles Darwin Christoph Irmscher author of Louis Agassiz, Inventor of American Science Matthew Pearl author of The Technologists and The Dante Club April 2013 Science & Scientism, part one: The Monopolizing of Knowledge? Ian Hutchinson MIT, Nuclear Science & Engineering Ned Hall Harvard University, Philosophy October 2012 American Politics & Religion: Untangling the Web We Weave Robert Putnam Harvard University, Public Policy February 2012 God, Stephen Hawking, and the Cosmos: Is there a Grand Design? John Lennox Oxford, Mathematics Alan Guth MIT, Physics November 2011 Saints, Sex, and Society Sarah Ruden Wesleyan University, Classics April 2011 What do Scientists Really Think about Religion? Elaine Ecklund Rice University, Sociology October 2010 Political Power and Persuasive Presence James Davison Hunter University of Virginia, Sociology Robert M. Randolph MIT, Chaplain to the Institute March 2010 Can We Be Good Without God? Rae Langton MIT, Philosophy William Lane Craig Talbot School of Theology, Philosophy November 2009 Answering the New Atheists Stanley E. Fish Florida International University, Law and Humanities J. Mark Ramseyer Harvard University, Law For a complete list of the first several roundtables, click here.