The McDevitt Center Upcoming Events CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Confronting Today's Challenges, Opportunities and Trends An Initiative of the McDevitt Chair in Computer Science, Marc Rogers, Ph.D., and The McDevitt Center Join Dr. Rogers and the McDevitt Center for a series of master classes and panel discussions on topics of critical importance to cybersecurity professionals and academics. Each of the classes will be led by experts in their fields, and will culminate with a panel discussion in which participants will be able to interact with these experts and each other. See complete schedule of events... Series I: Risk Management 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 15, Grewen Hall Auditorium 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (followed immediately by a luncheon), Friday, Oct. 17, Grewen Hall Auditorium Topics and presenters will be announced soon Series II: Fraud, Privacy and Bring Your Own Device Wednesday, Apr. 15, Grewen Hall Auditorium Additional information forthcoming. Series III: Advanced Persistent Threats and the Cloud Wednesday, May 20, Grewen Hall Auditorium Additional information forthcoming. The Future of Being Human An initiative of the McDevitt-Core Professor, Jennifer Glancy, Ph.D., and The McDevitt Center. In light of ecological crisis, rapid technological change, and widespread social alienation, what is the future of being human? Theologians, philosophers, biologists, political theorists, and fiction writers will be among those who engage the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century in this multidisciplinary lectures series, to be inaugurated in Spring 2015 and continue through Spring 2017. See schedule of events... Extreme Humanities William Robert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion, Syracuse University 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 3 Panasci Family Chapel Edges are engaging. They're where things get really interesting. When human beings reach their edges, touch their limits, extreme things happen: things like ecstasy, transgression, bliss, dissolution. How might we make sense of such extreme experiences? What might they teach us about being human? Lessons From the Human Heart Rob Dunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 Panasci Family Chapel Most of the important discoveries likely to heal your heart come from basic biology. Fungal taxonomy, evolution, and the biology of rare monkeys have more to do with saving the heart of someone you love than do innovations in surgery, transplants or even the biology of heart cells. To Be One is Always To Become With Many: What Ancient Christians Can Teach Us About the Future of the Human Denise Buell, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Religion, Williams College 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 Panasci Family Chapel How might wrestling with ancient materials help transform contemporary understandings of the human and perhaps even change practices of how we are human? Both the biological category of microbes and the ancient notion of the pneuma afford occasions to explore what happens when we cannot presume the boundedness of any creature. The radical vulnerability of all creature, including human ones, both exhilarates and terrifies, but above all requires a response. A Reading by George Saunders George Saunders 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 28 Grewen Auditorium with live streaming to the Curtin Special Events Room, James Commons and Reilley Room Science and Religion in Modern America The McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College announces the continuation of its major, two-year initiative devoted to “Science and Religion in Modern America.” The initiative brings eminent scholars from the sciences and the humanities to Le Moyne to present their most recent reflections on central aspects of the dynamic relationship between science and religion. Embodying Le Moyne’s Catholic and Jesuit commitment to seek the unity of all knowledge, “Science and Religion in Modern America” represents a compelling model for informed and respectful conversation about these critically important issues. See complete schedule of events... How to be a Christian Darwinist Paul Allen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Concordia University 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 Panasci Family Chapel Darwin's theory of evolution has been characterized as 'universal acid' that dissolves much of what we think we know about the world, including religion and human nature. In this lecture, Paul Allen, Ph.D., builds on non-reductionist readings of evolutionary theory to show that Darwinism does not necessitate a materialist worldview and is, in fact, conducive to a Christian understanding of creation, to moral endeavor and to the idea that we are saved by God because it helps bring to light the person of Jesus Christ in a fresh way by giving us new insight into self-sacrifice and bodily resurrection. Faith: Science and Religion Terrence Tilley, Ph.D., Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 Panasci Family Chapel A key problem in the science vs. religion debates in the popular media is the failure to recognize that the debates are actually about matters of faith, not about science or religion. Building on his book Faith: What It Is and What It Isn't, Terrence Tilley, Ph.D., will show that conflict or convergence between science and religion is a conflict or convergence of a person's or a community's faith. Bringing Peace to the Tangled Bank - Evolution, God, and Science in America Today Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 Panasci Family Chapel Scientifically, biological evolution is the key to understanding the extraordinary diversity, beauty, and unity of life. However, for many Americans, evolution is a doctrine at odds with faith and is to be resisted at all costs. In this lecture, Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., argues that this opposition is misguided, and even antithetical to the Christian tradition of seeing faith and reason as complementary ways of knowing. Ultimately, Miller contends, America’s religion and science debate is driven by a deep antagonism between extremists on both sides of the issue. The solution is not to split the difference, but to come to a genuine understanding and appreciation of the true depth of scientific and religious thought on the issues at hand. When this is done, both sides may come to realize, as Charles Darwin did, that there is indeed beauty, wonder, and even grandeur in the evolutionary view of life. What Does Prayer Do? An initiative of The McDevitt Center and is being offered in conjunction with a course developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Enduring Questions grants program, What Does Prayer Do?. See complete schedule of events... Praying Between the Lines: Prayer Practices of American Nones A public lecture by Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D. 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 Panasci Family Chapel When asked what practices they find “spiritually meaningful,” only one traditional religious practice – prayer – is consistently mentioned by the religiously unaffiliated, including Nones who self-identify as agnostic, atheist, or humanist. What does it mean when Nones report that they “pray?” Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D., is a senior contributor to Religion Dispatches magazine, and a leading expert in many aspects of contemporary American religion, including new digital media and religion, changing patterns of religious identification and affiliation, and Christian responses to violence. She has written for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Sojourners, Salon, and other leading newspapers and magazines, and her work has been highlighted by National Public Radio, Radio Australia, and the BBC. She is the author of Tweet If You © Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation and Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones, and co-author of Click to Save: The Digital Ministry Bible. Dr. Drescher teaches in the areas of religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and a master’s degree in systematic theology from Duquesne University. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Schedule of Lectures by George V. Coyne, S.J. See complete schedule of lectures... 2014 17 October: Stony Brook, NY, SUNY, Galileo Conference 18 October: Rochester, NY, Newman Community at the University of Rochester, “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: An Interplay of Science and Religion” 24 October: Milwaukee, WI, Marquette University, 10th Annual Coyne Lecture and Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers Meeting, “Dance of the Fertile Universe” 6-9 November, Scottsdale, AZ, International Alumnae of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, “Science and Religion in Modern America” Please contact the McDevitt Center for details (315-445-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org).