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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.  
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What do Scientists Really Think about Religion?


April 04, 2011
Rice University Professor of Sociology Elaine Howard Ecklund, author of Science vs. Religion; What Scientists Really Think (Oxford University Press, May 2010).    
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Seven Mini-Roundtables

January 27, 2011
March 10, 2011:Should Ethics Be Taught in the Classroom?J. Mark RamseyerHarvard University, Law March 2, 2011:Can atheists and theists agree on what constitutes a meaningful life?Ned HallHarvard University, PhilosophyDavid EllisFormer Director, Boston Museum of Science February 24, 2011:Trauma, Spirituality and FantasySusan NapierTufts University, Japanese Culture February 16, 2011:What Does Our Experience of Emptiness Mean?John PeteetHarvard University, Psychiatry February 10, 2011:The Anthropic Principle – a message from religion or science?Howard SmithHarvard-Smithsonian CfA, Senior Astrophysicist February 2, 2011:Is Nature Enough?Owen GingerichHarvard University, Astronomy (Emeritus) January 27, 2011:The Role of Qualia in the Science vs. Religion DebateGeorge SiscoeBoston University, Astronomy
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Political Power and Persuasive Presence


October 28, 2010
James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture and Social Theory at the University of Virginia, and Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute at MIT