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
Introduction and Orientation 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 in Islam Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, Associate Professor of Islamic Studie, St. Joseph’s University Thurs. 10/05
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Quantum Mechanics and Miracles 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
Miracles in Buddhism Shi Jingpeng, Minzu University of China, Beijing
Thurs. 11/16
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Community Event: A Course in Miracles Several local instructors of “A Course in Miracles,” including Debra Landwehr Engle, author of The Only Little Prayer You Need.
Sat. 12/2
7:00 p.m.
Location TBA

 

Programming, Spring 2018

EVENT SPEAKER DATE/TIME/LOCATION
Community Event: Above + Beyond Cancer Yasmina Madden, Assistant Professor of English, Drake University Thurs. 02/15
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Naturalism and Miracles Mark Harris, Senior Lecturer in Science and Religion, Edinburgh University
Thurs. 03/08
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Miracles in Hinduism Richard H. Davis, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Bard College
Thurs. 03/29
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center
Miracles in Catholicism 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
Miracle Stores in Political Rhetoric David L. Weddle, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Colorado College
Thurs. 05/10
7:00 p.m.
Sussman Theater,
Olmsted Center