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St. Augustine Lecture

October 2, 2019 - 7:30 pm - Driscoll Auditorium

Dr. Margaret R Miles

Professor Emerita in the History of Christianity at Harvard Divinity School
Dean Emerita of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California
Guggenheim Fellow

St. Augustine's Tears:  Recollecting and Reconsidering a Life.

      In St. Augustine’s society, men’s tears were not considered a sign of weakness, but an expression of strong feeling. Tears might be occasional, prompted by incidents such as those Augustine described in the first books of his Confessiones. Or they might accompany a deep crisis, such as his experience of conversion. Possidius, Augustine’s contemporary biographer, reported that on his deathbed Augustine wept copiously and continuously. This essay endeavors to understand those tears finding, primarily in Augustine’s later writings, descriptions of his practice of meditation, suggesting that a profound and complex range of emotions from fear and repentance to gratitude, beauty, and peace richly informed St. Augustine’s last tears.




Tne Vivian Lamb Lecture

October 21, 2019 - 4:30 pm - Curley Exchange

Professor Thomas McLeish
Director of the UK Physics of Life Network
Professor of Natural Philosophy, Physics Department, York University

The Poetry and Music of Science: the entanglement of creativity between science and Art

“I could not see any place in science for my creativity or imagination”

– thus telling me why she was abandoning the study of science.

As any scientist knows, imagination is essential to the immense task of re-creating a model of nature from the scale of the cosmos to the smallest subatomic structures. That led me on a four year project to the book, The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019) – a journey along the creative process in the arts and the sciences. This lecture draws on the work of scientists, artists, mathematicians, writers, and musicians – past and present – as it explores commonalities and differences in their views of creation, finding that the division between the arts and the sciences is not, after all, the best way to classify the creative process. It chooses, rather, three modes, the visual, textual and abstract imagination, to interweave the arts and the sciences, asking at the end how creativity contributes to what it means to be human.


PMR 2019, October 18-20.

Faith in History: Time, Narrative, History, Apocalypse

Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow University of Bristol

Cyril O’Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame

Vivian Lamb Lecture

Peter Corning

April 16, 2020 - 4:30 pm - Falvey Rm 205

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