Symposium seeks to answer whether faith and reason can solve world's woes

Symposium seeks to answer whether faith and reason can solve world's woes
March 6, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Many view faith and reason as opposites. From the Scopes Monkey Trial to today’s debate on intelligent design vs. evolution, people often perceive science and religion as separate and incompatible. However, perhaps faith and reason can find some common ground to solve two of the world’s most pressing issues – climate change and population growth. Benedictine University will bring together a distinguished panel of scholars from the sciences, business, theology and philosophy to raise questions and engage in an urgent dialogue, “Transformation from the Individual to the Global: How Faith and Reason Can Save the World,” from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008. The symposium will begin with a continental breakfast from 7:00-8:00 a.m. in the Krasa Dining Room. Benedictine University President William Carroll will deliver a keynote address following an opening prayer and welcome at 8:00 a.m. Following a brief break, the first of two panel discussions will address “Climate Change and the Theology and Science of Transformation” from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Panelists will include: Tim Marin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Chemistry; Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., associate professor, Master of Business Administration program; Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., instructor, Religious Studies; and John Mickus, Ph.D., professor, Biology. A breakout session will follow from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and will be highlighted by a second keynote address by Alan Gorr, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and Health Services at Benedictine University. The afternoon session will begin with a panel discussion, “Transformation or Destruction: The Population Explosion” from 1:15-2:00 p.m. Panelists will include: Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor, Religious Studies; Al Martin, Ph.D., professor, Biology; Patrick Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor, Philosophy; and Ted Hogan, Ph.D., instructor, Master of Public Health program. A breakout session will follow from 2:00-3:30 p.m. An open discussion will be held from 3:30-4:00 p.m. followed by a presentation by Patrick Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor of Philosophy at Benedictine University, from 4:15-4:45 p.m. The symposium will conclude with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m. For more information about the symposium, contact the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Benedictine University at (630) 829-6250.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.