Scholars to Explore Science and Spirituality

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March 4, 2010, New York, NY

How has modern science changed religion? Does religion provide us with precisely what science lacks? Is Judaism exempt from, or a party to, the tensions between these ways of understanding the world?

“Three Conversations on Science and Religion” is a series that explores the complementary/competitive relationship between these two domains through lively conversations with award-winning authors and thinkers.

The third and final conversation of the academic year, “Science and Spirituality,” will take place at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York, on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature Barbara Bradley Hagerty; JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen will join her in the conversation.

BHBarbara Bradley Hagerty is the religion correspondent for NPR, reporting on the intersections of faith and politics, law, science, and culture. Her New York Times best-selling book, Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality, was published by Riverhead/Penguin Group in May 2009. Among other awards, Ms. Hagerty has received the American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Headliners Award, and the Religion Newswriters Association Award for radio reporting.

aeProfessor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership.

“Three Conversations on Science and Religion” is cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS and the Center for the Study of Science and Religion at Columbia University.

Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that advances dialogue among diverse communities about matters of public significance.

Admission to all three conversations is free; reservations are required. For further information or to RVSP, please call (212) 280-6093 or email Attendees are requested to have photo IDs available and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program to allow sufficient time for registration.


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