Program on Medicine and Religion

The Chicago Roundtable on Science, Philosophy & Religion

In partnership with the Brent House (The Episcopal Center at the University of Chicago), the Chicago Roundtable on Science, Philosophy and Religion will seek to provide opportunities for faculty of all faiths and no faiths to discuss issues of and links between science on one side and religion and philosophy on the other, along with religious leaders in the community. Faculty Roundtables are made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. This University of Chicago Roundtable is co-sponsored by The Veritas Forum.

Faculty Roundtables began in 2002 and have since hosted thousands of faculty members at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Brown, and other universities. The goal is to foster cross-disciplinary community and dialogue among faculty that explores the intersection of current scholarship with various ethical, worldview, and religious or non-religious perspectives. The former Dean of Harvard College, Harry Lewis, commented that Roundtables are “the kind of night that should be the norm in academia — serious conversation among smart people about contested issues, with pretty much everyone who spoke and counter-spoke both witty and civil.”

Roundtables are typically in-person events at a university faculty club or analogous venue. However, to practice social-distancing, this upcoming Roundtable will be virtual. Going virtual allows us to include faculty from our other participating locations (including all 8 Ivy League schools plus MIT, UChicago, Northwestern, Duke, and schools in and around Amherst) at one Roundtable. When it is safe to do so, we hope to host in-person Faculty Roundtables here in Hyde Park.

it is hoped that these dinner meetings will provide opportunities for people to step outside their “silos” and develop new appreciation for the work that scientists and religious leaders do. If you are a faculty member interested in participating and/or would like further information on the Roundtable, please contact Project Coordinator John Mulholland at: johnmulholl@gmail.com