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: Registration will be open 5 to 10 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 all morning and afternoon with frequent breaks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will be Cocktails at 6 PM, followed by the Conference Banquet at 6:30 PM and a Banquet Lecture at 8 PM. Sunday, June 9: There will be a Conference Mass at 8 AM. Breakfast provided at 9 AM, followed by lectures and a second Poster Session. Lunch is provided, after which there will be the Annual Membership Meeting of the SCS, which closes the conference. All meals and events on Saturday and Sunday (except masses) will be in McKenna Hall.
Lodging and Registration
Online Registration for the conference will open in early March. Single and multi-occupancy dorm rooms will be available in Walsh Family Hall in sufficient numbers for all attendees. See campus map: ahttps://map.nd.edu/#/placemarks/1155/zoom/18/lat/41.69855963022063/lon/-86.2384805753937 For those who prefer, there will also be hotel rooms available in Morris Inn, Fairfield Inn, and the Inn at St. Mary’s. More information will be available in early February.
Submitting Abstracts for talks and posters
Abstracts can be submitted starting February 1 to email@example.com. From these, six will be selected by a committee to be talks, and others can be selected as poster presentations in one of the two Poster Sessions. . (Abstracts can also be submitted specifically for poster presentations.) Selections will be made by April 1. Abstracts related to the main conference theme are more likely to be selected as talks. Poster presentations may be on any topic pertaining to science and faith.
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