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Join Clarke for “Navigating Religion and Science” on March 7

By Clarke News  |  February 20, 2023
Joseph Vukov, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

As part of the international Religion and Science Weekend movement, Clarke is proud to welcome Dr. Joseph Vukov to campus. Vukov will present a lecture entitled, “Navigating Faith and Science: From Conflict to Dialogue with Humility” on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall. This event is free and open to the public. 

Vukov is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University Chicago, Affiliate Faculty Member in Catholic Studies and Psychology, and soon to be the Associate Director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola. His research explores questions at the intersection of ethics, neuroscience and philosophy of mind, and at the intersection of science and religion. 

In his lecture, Vukov will discuss three models to use when navigating the relationship between science and faith: conflict, independence, and dialogue. Following the event, attendees may enjoy a reception and book signing in the Atrium. 

Promoting a greater and continuous dialogue has long been the goal of the lecture series, according to Professor of Biology Andrea Bixler, who serves on the Religion and Science Weekend Committee. 

“The subtitle of Dr. Vukov’s talk, ‘From Conflict to Dialogue with Humility’ really sums up the approach he takes in his book, and, I expect, in his talk,” Bixler said. “It’s interesting that he sees value in various perspectives on faith and science, including both that they are in conflict—because science and religion are different ways of thinking about the world — and also that science and religion work well in dialogue to inform and strengthen each other.” 

The presentation is organized by representatives of the Biology program and Campus Ministry at Clarke and is funded in part by a partnership with Humanities Iowa.  

Note: This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.