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PHILOSOPHER TO PRESENT SOUTHEASTERN’S
HAMMOND -- Michigan State University
philosophy professor Robert T. Pennock will be the guest speaker for Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Matheny Lecture Series on Science and Religion.
Pennock, whose research focuses
on ethical values in science and whose books have examined the often heated
debate between advocates of evolution and intelligent design creationism,
will present two free public lectures on April 22 and 23.
At 3:30 p.m. April 22, in the
Student Union Theatre, Pennock will discuss “Organs of Extreme Perfection:
The Design Argument meets Evolution, Then and Now.” He will also speak
on “Getting A-Life: Modeling Evolution with Digital Organisms” at 10 a.m.
April 23, in White Hall room 219.
Pennock’s contributions to the
teaching and understanding of evolution include both critiques of the intelligent
design program, and collaborations on theoretical and experimental evolutionary
biology projects. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and,
before joining the Michigan State faculty, taught at the University of
Texas at Austin and the College of New Jersey.
He is the author of “Tower of
Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism,” which was nominated for
the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and editor of “Intelligent
Design Creationism and its Critics: Philosophical, Theological & Scientific
Pennock received the Templeton
Prize for the Exemplary Paper in Theology and the Natural Sciences, and
the National Endowment for the Humanities/National Science Foundation fellowship
on Scientific, Ethical, and Social Challengers of Contemporary Genetic
Technology. He has also received support from the Mellon Foundation and
Japan’s Obirin University. In 1997, he co-directed an NSF Chautauqua Workshop
on the "Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project."
Pennock has served a president
of the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Sigma Xi, and is a member
of the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy of Science Association,
Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The Matheny lectures are sponsored
by Southeastern’s departments of biology, chemistry and physics, communication,
history and political science, psychology, sociology and criminal justice,
as well as the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee and the Metanexus Institute
on Religion and Science.
The annual lecture honors the
late Tom Matheny, a Hammond attorney and 1954 Southeastern graduate. Matheny,
who was named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year in 1981, had a long and
distinguished record of service to the community and to his church, including
serving for more than two decades as president of the world-wide Judicial
Council of the United Methodist Church. He was also active in numerous
civic organizations and as an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill.
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