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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 144 - March 2018

March 2018 Newsletter No. 144
The past month in Cambridge has included a variety of seasons with snow, wind, sunshine and the arrival of spring as well as the many events we have held or to which we have contributed. As we enter Holy Week we reflect on the Lent term and look forward to what the lighter months hold. We are delighted to have been part of a plethora of events at the Cambridge Science Festival, that our Director delivered the Walton Lectures and are excited by the various topics to be covered in the future seminar series as well as courses in East Asia and Malta and great articles. These are just a selection of the things to read in this month's newsletter, we hope you enjoy!

Westminster College (Cambridge)

13-15 April 2018

Non-residential fees: £45 (£25 students)

It’s your last chance to book in for our  next weekend course. We have an incredible line up of speakers for this short course on "Disasters, Faith and Resilience." If you have a passion for justice; compassion for the natural world and for those affected by natural and man made disasters, then this two-day course will offer you talks, interactions and personal testimonies from those who have been through deep disasters in Haiti, New Orleans, Lockerbie and Africa, as well as research and reflections from academics. We are offering reduced rates for students as well as superb value non-residential rates, there are only a few residential places left. Click here to apply.

Faraday Bursaries
Wish to attend a Faraday course but need some assistance? Click here to see if you may qualify for a bursary. 
Can't make our events in person, don't worry, all of our seminars, talks, lectures and public festivals are available on the Multimedia part of our website. We have over 600 talks for you to watch or listen to at your convenience. 
Research Seminar Series 
We are looking forward to our next seminar series starting in May

1 May
The Search for Meaning Amidst Cosmic Annihilation, Transhumanism and the Last Judgment. 
Dr Michael Burdett
(Oxford University)

15 May
Science and Miracles: Perspectives from Christianity and Islam
Dr Hilary Marlow &
Dr Caroline Tee
(The Faraday Institute)

29 May
Faith and Neuroscience: Friend or Foe
Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles
(University of Cambridge)

Our seminars are held at 13:00 on alternate Tuesdays during full term in St Edmund’s College. A free sandwich lunch and drinks are served from 12:30 onwards. All are welcome.
Faraday CiS Termly Public Lecture

17:30 – 19:00
16 May 2018

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

Science and the Reliability of the Bible

McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Upcoming Events
26-28 March 2018 Hilary Marlow and Caroline Tee will host an academic colloquium in Cambridge on the subject of “Reading is Believing? Sacred Texts in a Scientific Age”. This will bring together textual exegetes, historians and commentators to discuss ways in which the world has posed challenges to the scriptural traditions of Islam and Christianity. For more details see
Public Lectures
We are delighted that the following lectures, as part of the “Reading is believing?” colloquium, will be open to the public.

17:30 – 19:00 26 March 2018
Creating a Science of the Flood: Science versus theology in the Biblical flood narrative
Dr Mark Harris (University of Edinburgh)
Latimer Room, Clare College Cambridge.
11:40 – 13:10 28 March 2018

The role of the Qur’an in the Acceptance or Rejection of the Biological Evolution
Prof. Salman Hameed (Hampshire College, USA)
Latimer Room, Clare College Cambridge.

Faraday CiS Termly Public Lecture
17:30 – 19:00 16 May 2018
Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys
Science and the Reliability of the Bible
McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Summer Course: Science, Faith and Human Flourishing
1-6 July 2018
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

This year's summer course "Science, Faith and Human Flourishing" addresses a number of big questions that have enormous impact on how we understand the world around us and how we learn to flourish in a changing environment. What is the nature of the physical universe? How do human beings grow spiritually and morally, even in extreme circumstances? What is the nature of religious experience? How does the impact of robotics and AI technologies affect our understanding of what it means to be human? How do religious scientists relate their scientific understanding to their scriptures and traditions? What does it mean to talk of purpose in biology and how is this relevant to ordinary believers? In this five-day course, we will explore the relationship between science and religion from a variety of perspectives – scientific, historical, theological and philosophical. A team of world-renowned speakers from a range of disciplines will contribute to the dialogue from their own experience and expertise in the keynote lectures. Additional workshops on a range of topics will enable us to explore specific scientific topics in more depth. There will be the opportunity to explore Cambridge's scientific heritage through a number of guided tours.

Please book before 31 May. 
Faraday "Out and About" - Where will we be? 

The Faraday Team are busy out presenting to many audiences and a range of places, here is a selection of where some of the team will be in the next month: 
Denis Alexander
On 3 May Denis Alexander, Simon Conway Morris and Russell Cowburn will be travelling to East Asia for our first Faraday Course in Hong Kong and Workshop in Singapore. There will be two public lectures in Hong Kong followed by a two-day residential course and a day workshop in Singapore.

Rodney Holder will travel to Malta on 5-8 April as part of the three-day course "Science and Religion: Two views or Two Realities".

Beth Singler will be travelling nationally and presenting at the following places: 
Faraday "Out & About " - What have we been up to? 

On 20-22 March Bob White gave the prestigious  Walton Lectures in Ireland (in Cork, Dublin and Belfast) on 'Are natural disasters Acts of God?

Rodney Holder has been interviewed and written in memorandum of Prof. Stephen Hawking and Sir John Sulston. 

At the beginning of the month, Hilary Marlow delivered a course for military chaplains. At the invitation of Rev (Wg Cdr) David Norfield RAF, The Faraday Institute ran a two-day course for military chaplains held at Amport House, the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre in Hampshire. Chaplains are required to attend one CME course per year from a range of topics on offer and eleven chaplains from the army and air force joined this course. Dr Hilary Marlow devised and lectured the course. The topics covered included the following: Introduction to Science and Religion; Historical Perspectives on Science and Religion; Cosmology and Creation; Biology, Ecology and the Bible; Reading Genesis 1-3; and Transformation and Hope. The participants were thoughtful and engaged, asking great questions and offering their own reflections on the issues. Feedback on the course was overwhelmingly positive and participants appreciated the collaborative and interactive style.

Cambridge Science Festival 2018

We were delighted to be involved in various events during the Cambridge Science Festival engaging with new audiences as well as see some familiar faces. We hosted our main Faraday Event "How do we make sense of the world in times of adversity?"  in which several of our staff discussed their projects with our External Communication Officer, Eleanor Puttock, as well as answering questions from the audience. This included:
  • Prof. Meric Srokosz and Dr Rebecca Watson discussing their new book “Blue Planet Blue God”
  • Prof. Bob White and Dr Roger Abbott on "The aftermath of Natural Disasters from Haiti to the Philippines and New Orleans to Somerset"
  • Dr Joseph Tennant on "Epilepsy and spirituality"
  • Dr Alexander Massmann on "Genetic diseases and the ethics of gene editing”
This was followed by an informal reception and show-case of all Faraday projects. In addition to this main event, Alasdair Coles and Joseph Tennant spoke to a full lecture theatre of over 200 people on the topic of God and Epilepsy. Alexander Massmann also took part in an open discussion about Genome Editing: How far should we go? Recordings for these will be made available once they are published ... watch this space! 
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