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Science and the Modern World: how should one describe the place and authority of science?

May 14, 2015
Steven Shapin is Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science. Steve is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and with Simon Schaffer, he was the 2005 winner of the Erasmus Prize, conferred by HRH the Prince of Orange of the Netherlands, for contributions to European culture, society, or social science. In 2014, he received the Sarton Medal, the highest honor of the History of Science Society, in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly achievement. His latest book: Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).   Since 2010, Walter Kim is Associate Minister at historic Park Street Church in Boston, and has also served as a chaplain at Yale University. Walter received his Ph.D. with distinction from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and maintains research interests in areas of linguistics and in the intersection of biblical theology and culture. Park Street Church is an international congregation, with members from more than 60 countries. Its faith community includes many students and faculty from Boston-area universities. Boston Mayor Menino announced February 27, 2009 as Park Street Day in honor of its bicentennial and contributions to the city.  
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Moral Progress: Does it Exist? If so, What Causes It? 


February 26, 2015
Harvard Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker 
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The Human Soul – Can it Survive in an Age of Neuroscience?

November 19, 2014
Ken Miller Brown University, Biology                                                                                                                                                       Stan Goldin Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience
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The Science & Religion of Origins, Theism, and Atheism The Secrets of The Roundtable: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about The Roundtables but Were Afraid to Ask, with Co-Chair David Thom, Chaplain, MIT

April 23, 2014
Cambridge Roundtable on Science & Religion Coordinator David Thom address three topics: The John Templeton Foundation: We won a grant! Now what? The Science & Religion of Origins, Theism, and Atheism The Secrets of The Roundtable: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about The Roundtables but Were Afraid to Ask! Before dinner, Dave will explore the might and myth and mire of Templeton funding that begins in the fall.  
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Science & Scientism, part three: Arête and The Normative Explosion (And Why We Only Needed One)

April 03, 2014
Professor of Philosophy, novelist, and MacArthur Fellow Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away (Pantheon, March 2014)   
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Science & Scientism, part two: The Affairs of Louis Agassiz: Race, Religion, and Charles Darwin

November 06, 2013
New York Times Bestselling Author and 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction winner Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Technologists, and Editor’s Choice of The New York Times Book Review in February, Christoph Irmscher, University of Indiana-Bloomington, Professor of English and author of Louis Agassiz, Inventor of American Science. 
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Science & Scientism, part one: The Monopolizing of Knowledge?


April 29, 2013
MIT Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Edward J. Hall, Harvard University Professor of Philosophy presenting on the topic of Science and Scientism, part one.  Professor Hutchinson is the author of Monopolizing Knowledge: a scientist refutes religion-denying, reason-destroying scientism (2011). Professor Hall is the author of The Philosophy of Science: Metaphysical and Epistemological Foundations (Publication Date: July 30, 2013).
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American Politics & Religion: Untangling the Web We Weave


October 30, 2012
Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy Robert D. Putnam
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God, Stephen Hawking, and the Cosmos: Is there a Grand Design?


February 16, 2012
Oxford University Mathematics Professor John Lennox and MIT Physics Professor Alan Guth.  John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. Lennox also teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford University.   Alan Guth is Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics and a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. Guth is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Guth has won many awards and medals, including most recently the 2009 Isaac Newton Medal, awarded by the British Institute of Physics.  
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Saints, Sex, and Society


November 16, 2011
Sarah Ruden
 Wesleyan University, Classics Sarah Ruden received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Classical studies from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in Classical Philology from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, the University of Cape Town, and Yale, and is currently a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University.    Ruden is the first woman to translate Vergil’s great epic The Aeneid, rendering the poem in the same number of lines as the original work: a rare feat of maintaining technical fidelity to the original without diminishing its emotional drive. "The translation is alive in every part. . . . [T]he first translation since Dryden’s that can be read as a great English poem in itself." — Garry Wills, New York Review of Books     Sarah has published an award-winning volume of poetry and four books of Classical literary translation, and a fifth will appear in January from Yale University Press. She received a Guggenheim fellowship for her work and translates for the Landmark series of ancient historians. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Century, and Salon.