2017-2019 Theme: Miracles

Miracles: What is a miracle? Is it an objective reality, a subjective assessment of meaning, or merely a cognitive category? When we speak of miracles across religions, do we even share the same concept? Does “miracle” necessarily connote a divine origin, or can the term apply simply to rare or extraordinary occurrences? Our 2017­–2019 series will explore these questions from a variety of religious, philosophical, and scientific perspectives.

The calendar below offers a complete listing of our 2017-2018 lectures and dialogues. In time, we will add the 2018-19 lectures and dialogues too.

You can click on the titles of past events to find descriptions, pictures, audio files, and sometimes also manuscripts and power point presentations.

Programming, Fall 2017

EVENT SPEAKER DATE/TIME/LOCATION
Miracles: A Philosopher’s Stance Karen Zwier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Interim Director of The Comparison Project, Drake University Thurs. 09/14
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Miracles as Transforming Invitations to Wonder & Gratitude: An Islamic Perspective Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, St. Joseph’s University Thurs. 10/05
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Does ‘the Biblical God who acts’ really act?  Special divine action via quantum mechanics that is objective but not miraculous Robert J. Russell, Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences and Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley Thurs. 10/26
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
On the Role of Miracles in the Vimalakirti Sutra in the Early Medieval China Shi Jingpeng, Minzu University of China, Beijing
Thurs. 11/16
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
A Course in Miracles Workshop Several local instructors of “A Course in Miracles,” including Debra Landwehr Engle, author of The Only Little Prayer You Need.
Sat. 12/2
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meredith Hall

 

Programming, Spring 2018

EVENT SPEAKER DATE/TIME/LOCATION
Above + Beyond Cancer: Stories of Discovery, Recovery, and Transformation Dr. Richard Deming, Founder & Chairman of Above + Beyond Cancer, Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center

Yasmina Madden, Assistant Professor of English, Drake University

Thurs. 02/15
7:00 p.m.
Cowles Reading Room
Cowles Library
Naturalism and the Problem of the Unity of Science: How Miracles Help Mark Harris, Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion, Edinburgh University
Thurs. 03/08
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Wonder: Miracles and the Aesthetics of Response Richard H. Davis, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Bard College
Thurs. 03/29
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Fatima: Examining Catholicism’s Greatest Modern Miracle Michael O’Neill, author of Exploring the Miraculous and creator of the website MiracleHunter.com Thurs. 04/19
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
“By Whose Authority?”: Polemical and Political Uses of Miracle Stories David L. Weddle, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Colorado College
Thurs. 05/10
7:00 p.m.
Cowles Reading Room
Cowles Library