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Summer Course 2016, Science and Religion: Conversations between Worldviews

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge: July 3-8, 2016

Deadline for applications: June 10, 2016
Deadline for Bursary applications: April 25, 2016

Aim of Course

What does science have to do with religion? Are they separate worldviews, perhaps even conflicting ones that should be kept apart at all costs or can they be brought into constructive conversation? How do different religious traditions view the dialogue between faith and science? In this five day course we will explore the relationship between science and religion from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, theological and philosophical. A team of world-renowned speakers from a range of disciplines will contribute to the dialogue from their own experience and area of expertise in the keynote lectures. In addition optional workshops on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific scientific topics in more depth. There will be the opportunity to explore Camrbidge's scientific heritage through a number of guided tours.

The residential costs for the course are £725 (£395 non-res) full participant, £540 (£285 non-res) for post docs and £410 (£200 non-res) for students.

Accommodation is available on request on Saturday 2nd July and Friday 8th July for an additional fee.

A limited number of bursaries (scholarships) are available – see the Bursaries section of this website. Student members of Christians in Science (UK) may be eligible for a CiS bursary – for more details contact the CiS Development Officer Emily Sturgess on DO@cis.org.uk

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

See multimedia items for this course or click on specific talk title in the course schedule to see available resources for that talk.

Click on a speaker's name to obtain brief biographical details.

Venue

The course will be held at Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Lucy Cavendish College is set in its own private grounds just off the Lady Margaret Road, within walking distance of Cambridge City Centre, the celebrated "Backs" and the other University Colleges.  It is located a few hundred metres from St. Edmund's College, the home of the Faraday Institute.

Lucy Cavendish College is just off the Madingly Road, a main ring road for Cambridge. It is within easy access of the M11 and A14 and has on-site parking.  The College is a short taxi-ride from the train and bus stations. Airport coach or train from Stansted Airport (the most convenient airport for Cambridge) takes 30-40 minutes.

 Location map for Lucy Cavendish College.

Course Schedule

Sunday July 3
5.00 pmArrival and Registration
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmWelcome and Introductions (Wood-Legh Room)
8.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Monday July 4
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amSetting the scene
9.15 amDr Mark Harris: Science and religion: Clash of worldviews?
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr James Hannam: The mythical conflict: have science and religion got on better than people think?
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.15 pmRevd Dr Rodney Holder: Cosmology and faith
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmSmall Groups
4.15 pmTea Break
4.45 pmProf Monica Grady: Science Workshop: Life on Mars? The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmMeet the Speaker
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Tuesday July 5
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amRt Revd James Jones: Why care for creation? Christianity and the environment
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Vinoth Ramachandra: God and natural evil
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time/Optional tours (Visit to Darwin Papers or Cambridge Science Tour)
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmProf Laurie Zoloth: Judaism and the Environment
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.15 pmDr. Will Simonson: Science Workshop: Food and food security
6.15 pmSmall Groups
7.00 pmDinner
8.15 pmMeet the Speaker
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Wednesday July 6
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Mark Harris: The Bible and human origins
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Cara Wall-Scheffler: Anthropology and origins of religion
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pm Lizzie Henderson: Science Workshop: The tree of life: fossils and classification or Free time/optional tours (Visit to Darwin Papers or Cambirdge Science Tour)
3.15 pmTea Break
3.45 pmProf. Mary Schweitzer: Dinosaurs, molecules, and the difference between science and faith
4.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.00 pmBreak
5.15 pmDr David Lahti: Human evolution and moral freedom
6.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
6.30 pmSmall Groups
7.00 pmDinner
8.00 pmMeet the Speaker
9.15 pmBar and more Discussion
Thursday July 7
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amDr David Lahti: Biology and personhood
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amDr Daniel Weiss: Jewish perspectives on personhood
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmFree time
3.00 pmDr Usama Hasan: Islam and Evolution
3.45 pmQuestions and Discussion
4.30 pmTea Break
5.00 pmSmall Groups
5.30 pmRevd Dr Roger Abbott, Dr Caroline Tee, Dr Amy Unsworth: Social Science Workshop :Real people, real stories (Stories of Survival from Haiti, Science and Islam in Turkey, Creation and evolution in London mosques and churches)
7.00 pmReception and Gala Dinner
Friday July 8
8.00 amBreakfast
9.15 amProf. Elaine Howard Ecklund: Whats scientists believe: global perspectives on science and faith
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf Laurie Zoloth: Religion, suffering and bioethics
11.45 amQuestions and Discussion
12.30 pmLunch
1.30 pmDr Vinoth Ramachandra: Robotics and artificial intelligence: secular eschatologies?
2.15 pmQuestions and Discussion
2.45 pmShort Break
3.00 pmMeet the Speaker
4.15 pmClosing address and farewells
4.30 pmTea, Cakes, Depart