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Peter Harrison to Lecture on "Religious Origins in Modern Science?"

April 21, 2016

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the History and Philosophy of Science Program are pleased to announce a public lecture by Peter Harrison, Australian Laureate Fellow and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland, Australia, entitled "Religious Origins in Modern Science?" 

The lecture will begin at 4:30 pm on Monday, April 25 in 155 DeBartolo Hall.

In addition to his public lecture, Professor Peter Harrison will offer undergraduate, graduate, and faculty seminars on his recent book The Territories of Science and Religion (Chicago, 2015). Questions regarding Professor Harrison's lecture or book seminars may be directed to Carolyn Sherman at the NDIAS (574-631-1305;

Workshop to Focus on the Relationship of Body and Mind in Late Antique Philosophy and Theology

April 18, 2016


On Friday, April 22, in the McGlinn Family Room in Visitation Hall, Diego De Brasi, 2015-2016 NDIAS Fellow, and Gretchen Reydams-Schils, Director of the Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, will lead an all-day workshop entitled, "Noûs – Psykhé – Sôma: The relationship of body and mind in late antique philosophy and theology."

The workshop is sponsored by the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, the Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy, and the History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program and the Philip S. and Joan C. Coogan Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine, in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto to Lead Book Seminar

April 15, 2016

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The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) is pleased to announce a book seminar on Friday, April 22, from noon to 2:00 pm by Felipe Fernández-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of Arts and Letters and Professor of History here at the University of Notre Dame. 

The seminar will focus on Professor Fernández-Armesto’s recent book, A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change—and the Limits of Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2015), a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary essay that takes an evolutionary perspective to argue for the primacy of culture in human life, throughout human history and across different cultures and traditions.

Bjarne Funch to Lead Symposium on Artistic Creativity

April 11, 2016


On Friday, April 15Bjarne Sode Funch, 2015-2016 Templeton Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS), leads a Templeton Symposium on "Artistic Creativity: An Existential-Phenomenological Study."

In his project, which is the focus of this Templeton Symposium, Dr. Bjarne Funch’s objective is to develop a psychological theory based on phenomenological studies and existential philosophy. His theory will be based on phenomenological analyses of au-tobiographical works, interviews, and personal documents by renowned artists such as Margue-rite Duras, Agnes Martin, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and other artists. The theoretical component of the project was inspired by existential theorists such as Søren Kierkegaard and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The focus will be on sensation and emotion in an attempt to demonstrate art’s importance for existential integrity and mental well-being.

Otto Santa Ana to Lead Colloquium on Laughter and Humor

March 23, 2016

Blessed is the Gift of Laughter by Hazel Bowman

On Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) invites you to take part in "The Impact of Laughter and Humor in Our Past and Today’s Digitized World," a Templeton Colloquium led by Dr. Otto Santa Ana, 2015-2016 Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.

This colloquium, taking place in 200 McKenna Hall, will bring together scholars from anthropology, communications, digital media, neuroscience, political science, psychiatry and psychology, religious studies, and sociology to examine the origins, development, and neurology of human laughter; explore humor and laughter as deeply human expressions of imaginative cognition; and evaluate the use of laughter and humor as social and political mechanisms.