Upcoming Dialogues

What Good Is Effective Altruism?: A Conversation on Charitable Giving, Reason, and Goodness

Monday, December 11th 2017, 7:00-9:00pm "All lives have equal value." —The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  "UNICEF reports that in 2011, 6.9 million children under five died from preventable, poverty-related diseases. UNICEF thinks that that's good news because the figure has been steadily coming down from 12 million in 1990. That is good. But still,… Continue reading What Good Is Effective Altruism?: A Conversation on Charitable Giving, Reason, and Goodness

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Where is God?: A Conversation on Evil, Suffering, Science, & the (Non)Existence of God

Monday, November 6th 2017, 7:00-9:00pm In Night, his candid autobiographical account of surviving the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel recounts this chilling scene: One day as we returned from work, we saw three gallows… The SS [guards] seemed more preoccupied, more worried, than usual. To hang a child in front of thousands of onlookers was not a small matter. The… Continue reading Where is God?: A Conversation on Evil, Suffering, Science, & the (Non)Existence of God

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Can We Know More Than We Can Prove?: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and Other Ways of Knowing

Thursday, November 9th 2017, 6:00-7:30pm If a 'religion' is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one. ~John D. Barrow, The Artful Universe (1995) What do I know? What… Continue reading Can We Know More Than We Can Prove?: A Conversation on Faith, Science, and Other Ways of Knowing

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Mind Before Matter?: A Conversation on Philosophy, Science, & the (Non)Existence of God

Monday, October 2nd 2017, 7:00-9:00pm We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. ― Richard Dawkins God does not belong to the class of existing things: not that He has no existence, but that He is above all existing things,… Continue reading Mind Before Matter?: A Conversation on Philosophy, Science, & the (Non)Existence of God

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Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Conversation on Meaning, Morality, & Reason in a Godless Universe

Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 5:30-7:00pm The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. ― Carl Sagan Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today ― John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, "Imagine" Materialism?… Continue reading Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Conversation on Meaning, Morality, & Reason in a Godless Universe

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Can I Get All A’s and Still Flunk Life?: A Conversation About School, Work, & What Really Matters

Wednesday, September 6th 2017, 5:30-7:00pm The university is the place where, at one remove from the hurly-burly of the marketplace, so to speak, we mortals have the task and the luxury of addressing ourselves to knowledge and culture – to the arts and sciences, to all that constitutes human endeavor, and to all that presents… Continue reading Can I Get All A’s and Still Flunk Life?: A Conversation About School, Work, & What Really Matters

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Can I get a PhD and still flunk life?: A Conversation about Lab Life and the Good Life

Monday, August 28th 2017, 7:00-9:00pm "Ph.D. students have lower life satisfaction than Master’s and Professional students and exhibit higher levels of depressive symptoms. About 47% of Ph.D. students reach the threshold considered depressed, a 10 out of 30 on the depression scale." ― UC Berkeley, Graduate Student Happiness & Well-Being Report | 2014 "As Frampton… Continue reading Can I get a PhD and still flunk life?: A Conversation about Lab Life and the Good Life

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Embryos Are People Too?: A Conversation On Reproductive Rights, Stem Cell Research, & the Meaning of Life

Monday, June 26th 2017, 7:00-9:00pm We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to… Continue reading Embryos Are People Too?: A Conversation On Reproductive Rights, Stem Cell Research, & the Meaning of Life

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Why Can’t We Get Along?: A Conversation On Conflict, Loneliness, & the Erosion of Community

We live in fractious times. In America today people have fewer friends, fewer people are getting married, more people are chronically lonely, our partisan politics are becoming more polarized, and we trust and socialize with our neighbors less. The sociologist Robert Putnam describes these trends in terms of declining social capital and cites technological shifts, suburban sprawl, and… Continue reading Why Can’t We Get Along?: A Conversation On Conflict, Loneliness, & the Erosion of Community

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Where is God?: A Conversation on Horrendous Evil, Innocent Suffering, & the (Non)Existence of God

Wednesday, April 19th 2017, 5:30-7:00pm In Night, his candid autobiographical account of surviving the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel recounts this chilling scene: One day as we returned from work, we saw three gallows… The SS [guards] seemed more preoccupied, more worried, than usual. To hang a child in front of thousands of onlookers was not a small matter. The… Continue reading Where is God?: A Conversation on Horrendous Evil, Innocent Suffering, & the (Non)Existence of God