The third annual conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, USA. It is open to all SCS members and Scholar Associates.
The main theme of the conference will be “What does it mean to be human?” This includes such questions as What is “human nature”? When did it appear? Did Neanderthals and other archaic species of Homo have it? When does an individual human life begin? Can human nature be changed by genetic engineering? In what ways are humans unique on earth? Are we unique in the cosmos? These questions will be explored from the point of view of biology, paleoanthropology, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines. There will be invited and contributed talks on this theme. (Poster presentations do not have to be on the main theme, but can be on other topics pertain to science and faith. See “Submitting Abstracts” below.)
There will be six invited talks of 45 minutes (plus 15 minutes Q&A) and an equal number of contributed talks of 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes Q&A). In addition, there will be two Poster Sessions.
The Invited Speakers
Marie I. George (Keynote Lecture) St. John’s University, Dept. of Philosophy. Author of Christianity and Extraterrestrials: A Catholic Perspective (2005).
Maureen Condic (St. Albert Lecture) University of Utah, Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Co-author of Human Embryos, Human Beings: a scientific and philosophical approach (2018).
Conor Cunningham, University of Nottingham (UK), Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Author of Darwin's Pious Idea: Why the ultra-Darwinists and creationists both get it wrong (2010).
Steven Mithen, Univ. of Reading (UK), Dept. of Archaeology. Author of The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body (2006) and The Prehistory of the Mind: a search for the origins of art, religion, and science (1996).
Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Providence College, Dept. of Biology, Co-author of Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic approach to understanding evolution in the light of faith (2017).
Michael F. Flynn (Banquet Lecture) Science fiction writer, winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award, Prometheus Award (twice), and nominated for Hugo Award (seven times). Author of Eifelheim.
Schedule and Venue
Friday, June 7: A registration desk, where one can pick up the conference schedule and materials, will be open from 7:30 to 11 PM in Morris Inn, where there will also be an Opening Reception and Poster Session from 8 to 10 PM. Saturday, June 8: There will be lectures in the morning and afternoon with frequent breaks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Breakfast, lunch, and the morning and afternoon talks will be in McKenna Hall. At 6 PM, there will be Cocktails, followed by the Conference Banquet at 6:30 PM, both in Morris Inn. At 8 PM there will be a a Banquet Lecture. Sunday, June 9: There will be a Conference Mass at 8 AM. Breakfast will be provided at 9 AM, followed by lectures and a second Poster Session. Lunch will also be provided, after which there will be the Annual Membership Meeting of the SCS, which closes the conference. All meals and events on Sunday (except mass) will be in McKenna Hall. McKenna Hall is right across the street from Morris Inn, and Walsh Family Hall (where the dorms for the conference are) is just behind Morris Inn. So everything is conveniently close together.
Lodging and Registration
An online Registration Page will be open by late February, where it wil be possible to pay both registration and dorm fees, as well as to indicate dates of arrival and departure, and special dietary and other requirements. The registration fee is $150, discounted to $75 for undergrad and grad student members of SCS, and $0 for priests and religious. Single and multi-occupancy dorm rooms will be available in Welsh Family Hall in sufficient numbers for all attendees. See campus map: https://map.nd.edu/#/placemarks/1155/zoom/18/lat/41.69855963022063/lon/-86.2384805753937 Single dorm rooms will cost $54/night and double-occupancy dorm rooms will cost $40/night per person. For those who wish to arrive a day early (to acclimate from jet lag, for instance) there will be some dorm rooms that can be reserved for the night of June 6 and subsequent nights. For those who prefer a hotel to a dorm, there will be blocks of hotel rooms for this conference available in Morris Inn, Fairfield Inn, and the Inn at St. Mary’s.
Submitting Abstracts for talks and posters
If you wish to present a talk or poster, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words in an editable Word document to email@example.com. Indicate whether you want the abstract to be considered only as a talk, only as a poster, or for either. For talks, preference will be given to talks that relate to the main conference theme “What does it mean to be human?” Poster presentations may be on any topic pertaining to science and faith. For both talks and posters, abstracts are favored that are not technical research presentations aimed at specialists in one area. The deadline to be considered for a contributed talk is March 25, 2019. Six talks will be chosen from these by April 1. Abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted through the end of April. There will be two Poster Sessions at the conference. (See "Schedule and Venue.")
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