The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation Upcoming Events What Does Prayer Do? An initiative of the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation and is being offered in conjunction with a course developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Enduring Questions grants program, What Does Prayer Do?. See complete schedule of events... Praying Between the Lines: Prayer Practices of American Nones A public lecture by Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D. 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 Panasci Family Chapel When asked what practices they find “spiritually meaningful,” only one traditional religious practice – prayer – is consistently mentioned by the religiously unaffiliated, including Nones who self-identify as agnostic, atheist, or humanist. What does it mean when Nones report that they “pray?” Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D., is a senior contributor to Religion Dispatches magazine, and a leading expert in many aspects of contemporary American religion, including new digital media and religion, changing patterns of religious identification and affiliation, and Christian responses to violence. She has written for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Sojourners, Salon, and other leading newspapers and magazines, and her work has been highlighted by National Public Radio, Radio Australia, and the BBC. She is the author of Tweet If You © Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation and Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones, and co-author of Click to Save: The Digital Ministry Bible. Dr. Drescher teaches in the areas of religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and a master’s degree in systematic theology from Duquesne University. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Confronting Today's Challenges, Opportunities and Trends An Initiative of the McDevitt Chair in Computer Science, Marc Rogers, Ph.D., and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation Join Dr. Rogers and the McDevitt Center for a series of master classes and panel discussions on topics of critical importance to cybersecurity professionals and academics. Each of the classes will be led by experts in their fields, and will culminate with a panel discussion in which participants will be able to interact with these experts and each other. See complete schedule of events... Series I: Risk Management 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct. 15, Grewen Hall Auditorium 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (followed immediately by a luncheon), Friday, Oct. 17, Grewen Hall Auditorium Topics and presenters will be announced soon Series II: Fraud, Privacy and Bring Your Own Device 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 and Wednesday, Nov. 12, Grewen Hall Auditorium 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (followed immediately by a luncheon), Friday, Nov. 14, James Commons and Curtin Special Events Rooms Topics and presenters will be announced soon Series III: Advanced Persistent Threats and the Cloud 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Apr. 13 and Wednesday, Apr. 15, Grewen Hall Auditorium 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (followed immediately by a luncheon), Friday, Apr. 17, Grewen Hall Auditorium Topics and presenters will be announced soon Science and Religion in Modern America The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne College announces the continuation of its major, two-year initiative devoted to “Science and Religion in Modern America.” The initiative brings eminent scholars from the sciences and the humanities to Le Moyne to present their most recent reflections on central aspects of the dynamic relationship between science and religion. Embodying Le Moyne’s Catholic and Jesuit commitment to seek the unity of all knowledge, “Science and Religion in Modern America” represents a compelling model for informed and respectful conversation about these critically important issues. See complete schedule of events... How to be a Christian Darwinist Paul Allen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Concordia University 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25 Panasci Family Chapel Darwin's theory of evolution has been characterized as 'universal acid' that dissolves much of what we knew about the world, including religion and human nature. This lecture builds on non-reductionist readings of evolutionary theory to show that Darwinism does not necessitate a materialist worldview and is, in fact, conducive to a Christian understanding of creation, to moral endeavour and to the idea that we are saved by God because it helps bring to light the person of Jesus Christ in a fresh way by giving us new insight into self-sacrifice and bodily resurrection Terrence Tilley, Ph.D., Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 Panasci Family Chapel Title and abstract forthcoming Bringing Peace to the Tangled Bank - Evolution, God, and Science in America Today Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 Panasci Family Chapel Scientifically, biological evolution is the key to understanding the extraordinary diversity, beauty, and unity of life. However, for many Americans, evolution is a doctrine at odds with faith and is to be resisted at all costs. In this lecture, Dr. Miller argues that this opposition is misguided, and even antithetical to the Christian tradition of seeing faith and reason as complementary ways of knowing. Ultimately, Miller contends, America’s religion and science debate is driven by a deep antagonism between extremists on both sides of the issue. The solution is not to split the difference, but to come to a genuine understanding and appreciation of the true depth of scientific and religious thought on the issues at hand. When this is done, both sides may come to realize, as Charles Darwin did, that there is indeed beauty, wonder, and even grandeur in the evolutionary view of life. Schedule of Lectures by George V. Coyne, S.J. See complete schedule of lectures... 2014 1 February: New York, Pope Auditorium of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center, Gregorian University Consortium for a Day, “Dance of the Fertile Universe” 18 February: Syracuse, NY, Museum of Science and Technology, “Hubble Telescope and the Accelerating Universe” 23 February: Syracuse, NY, Plymouth Congregational Church, Talk on “Scientific Evolution: A Challenge to Religion” 20-21 March: St. Louis, MO, St. Louis University, “At Home in the Universe: Finding God in All Things” 17-18 May: Colgate University, Baccalaureate Sermon 21 May: Manlius Library, Manlius, NY, Senior Citizens, “The Dance of the Fertile Universe.” 9 June: San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, “Science and Religion in Modern America” 13 June: Calgary, Canada, Meeting on Technology, Entertainment and Design, "Science and Religion in Modern America" 28 July: Baltimore, MD, St. Ignatius Church, 20th Annual St. Ignatius Lecture, “An Awakening to Faith: We Are Made of Stardust” 23-24 October, Groningen, The Netherlands, The University of Groningen, special 2-day Colloquium "The Star of Bethlehem: Astronomical Observations in the Context of Antiquity" 6-9 November, Scottsdale, AZ, International Alumnae of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, “Science and Religion in Modern America” Please contact the McDevitt Center for details (315-445-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org).