February 17-18 -- Catholic University's Law Professor Lucia Silecchia will be on campus to deliver a public lecture proferring the Catholic Social Teaching principle of "preferential option for the poor" as the appropriate guide for legal decision-making on February 17 at 4:30 p.m. followed by a dinner discussion with Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics, Law, and Theology faculty and students.  On Friday, February 18, she will conduct a faculty seminar on teaching ecological justice issues.  Dr. Silecchia's presence is made possible by a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.  Contact Dr. Schaefer or Dr. Alan Madry for details.


February 12 -- Theologian Mary Gerhart and Physicist Allan Russell (Hobart and Smith College emerita and emeritus) will deliver a joint lecture entitled "A Physicist and a Theologian Construct the Concept of a Loving Universe."  This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Albertus Magnus Circle and the departments of Theology and Physics and made possible by a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.  Raynor B & C, 4-5:15 p.m. 



September 18 -- Gesche Linde, systematic theologian at Goethe University-Frankfort, will deliver a lecture on "Science, Signs, and Theology: Theology's Place in the Modern University."  Co-sponsored with the Department of Theology in welcoming Dr. Linde as the first representative of Goethe University in the new Marquette-Goethe Exchange Program.  Made possible by a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.  Join the Albertus Magnus Circle in celebrating its 10th anniversary.  3:30-5 p.m. in AMU 254. 

April 17 -- Marquette systematic theologian Robert Masson will discuss the metaphoric process that theologian Mary Gerhart and physicist Allan Russell developed to discuss topics at the boundary of their disciplines.  3:30-4:30 p.m. in AMU 370. 

October 4 -- UW-Madison biologist Dr. Calvin DeWitt will lecture on the international effort he co-initiated among scientists and evangelicals to address the phenomenon of global warming and other environmental issues at 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 001.  Refreshments will be served before the lecture.  Faculty, students, staff, and the public are invited to attend.  This event is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Ethics and Students for an Environmentally Active Campus (SEAC) through a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.


April 26 -- The first Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J. Lecture in Astronomy and Astrophysics entitled "The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace," 7 p.m., Monogham Ballroom.
     The universe in which we live is full of a vast variety of objects: gas, galaxies, frogs, us. What is the best scientific understanding of how they came to be? Are they related to one another? If we order them from the simplest: quarks, protons, to the most complex: the human brain, is there a unified explanation of their coming to be. A tentative answer is found in their emergence as chance and destiny danced away in a fertile expanding universe. Does God have something to do with it?  Fr. Coyne will answer these questions and more in this inaugural lecture of a promising series to be held at Marquette annually.

Thursday, April 27 -- Physics colloquium on "The Age of the Universe" led by Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory, 4 p.m., Clark Hall 111. 

Thursday, April 6 -- Lunch 'n Learn on Jewish Law and the Environment.  Rabbi Shlomo Levin of Lake Park Synagogue will teach a "lunch’n learn" in response to the question "What Does Jewish Law Say About Preserving the Environment?"  This opportunity begins at Noon in AMU 139.  Refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring a lunch.  All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Thursday, September 29 -- Second Rigge Lecture on Physics and Society by George F. R. Ellis, University of Cape Town, in the Varsity Theatre, 5:30-7 p.m. Sweets at 5:00 p.m. Dr. Ellis will also present the seminar "The Emergence of Complexity and the Limits of Physics" at 2 p.m. in William Wehr Physics 216. Refreshments at 1:45 p.m.

Monday, April 4 -- Paths to Understanding Lecture by S. Nomanul Haq, University of Pennsylvania, on "Revisiting the Question of Islam and Modernity: Secularism, Science, and State" in Raynor LL Rooms B-C, 4-5:15 p.m. Dr. Haq, Scholar-in-Residence and Project Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies in Islamabad and Visiting Faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, is a key contributor to the ongoing discussion of the relationship between religion and science.

Tuesday, April 20 -- Teleconference on Healing the Patient: Medical Science, Religious Faith, and the Media, from Raynor LL Rooms B-C, 2-3:15 p.m. Theology, Nursing, and Communications faculty invite participation in a teleconference entitled "Healing the Patient: Medical Science, Religious Faith, and the Media" to be conducted on Tuesday, April 20, 2-3:15 p.m. from Raynor Lower Level, B-C. Featured during the teleconference will be Duke University physicians Harold Koenig (The Healing Power of Faith) who was interviewed in a November issue of Newsweek and Keith Maedor (Heal Thyself: Sprituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity). The Medical College of Wisconsin, other local colleges, and several universities around the US will be connected. Please contact Dr. Schaefer to reserve space. All possible efforts will be made to accommodate faculty/students who are involved in a course this semester into which the topic fits. Reading materials will be placed on Raynor Reserves. This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund of Marquette University.

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