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NDIAS to Host Templeton Colloquium on the Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution

April 14, 2014

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On Monday, April 14, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) invites you to take part in "The Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution," a Templeton Colloquium led by Jonathan Marks, Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jonathan Marks is in residence this year as a Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.

There is no registration, and the colloquium is free and open to the public.

This colloquium brings together scholars from various fields and perspectives in anthropology to discuss the transformation of an anatomical human into a behavioral human, which seems to have taken place between about 100,000 and 50,000 years ago, a timespan notably impoverished of data, but whose eventual products would become art, kinship, morality, religion, and the myriad other features of what we call “humanity.”

The sessions will take place in 104 McKenna Hall and will also be simulcast live on the NDIAS website and blog dedicated to the Templeton Colloquia. For a complete schedule of events, visit our blog. If you wish to participate, we encourage you to review a pre-circulated paper on evolution written by Jonathan Marks.

This colloquium is sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Upcoming Spring 2014 Weekly Seminars

April 10, 2014

Tuesday, April 15 Brandon Gallaher, Residential Fellow, NDIAS (University of Oxford) – Research Presentation Topic: "Primacy, Papacy and the Challenge of Secularism in Modern Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Theology"

Wednesday, April 16 Justin Biddle, Residential Fellow, NDIAS (Georgia Institute of Technology) – Research Presentation Topic: "Intellectual Property Rights and the Social Control of Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Seeds"

If you are interested in attending an NDIAS seminar, please contact our Programs Administrator, Carolyn Sherman (csherman@nd.edu, 574-631-6240). For a complete list of Fall 2013 seminars, please click here.

NDIAS to Host Symposium on Minding the Modern by Thomas Pfau

April 09, 2014

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On April 10-11, the NDIAS is set to host a symposium on Minding the Modern, featuring its author Thomas Pfau, the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English at Duke University.

On Thursday, April 10th, from 12:00-2:00 pm in 1140 Flanner Hall there will a graduate student seminar with Thomas Pfau. If interested in attending this session, please contact our Associate Director, Donald Stelluto (dstellut@nd.edu).

From 4:00-6:00 pm, there will be a panel discussion on Minding the Modern in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum with a reception to follow in the atrium. The event will feature contributions from our three panelists: Douglas Hedley (Cambridge and NDIAS); Victoria Kahn (Berkeley), and Alasdair MacIntyre (Notre Dame); and a response by Thomas Pfau. This event requires no registration, and is free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 11th, from 10:00-11:30 am there will be an undergraduate seminar discussion in 119 O'Shaughnessy Hall with Thomas Pfau led by the Templeton Undergraduate Research Assistants at the NDIAS. If interested in attending this session, please contact our Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Eric Bugyis (eric.bugyis.1@nd.edu).

From 12:00-2:00 pm in the Oak Room of the South Dining Hall with Thomas Pfau there will also be a faculty seminar with lunch. If interested in this session, please contact our Programs Administrator, Carolyn Sherman (csherman@nd.edu). For more information, please click here.

NDIAS to Host Templeton Colloquium on Participation in God

March 18, 2014

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This Tuesday, March 18 to Thursday, March 20, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) invites you to take part in “Participation in God: Reassessing an Ancient Philosophical Idea and its Contemporary Relevance,” a three-day Templeton Colloquium led by Douglas Hedley, Reader in Hermeneutics and Metaphysics in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Douglas Hedley is in residence this year as a Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.

There is no registration, and the colloquium is free and open to the public.

This colloquium brings together scholars from numerous disciplines, including the natural sciences, philosophy, theology, and literature, to examine the fundamental questions of participation in the Divine. The sessions will take place in 104 McKenna Hall and will also be simulcast live on the NDIAS website and blog dedicated to the Templeton Colloquia. If you wish to participate, we encourage you to review a pre-circulated paper on participation written by Douglas Hedley.

This colloquium is sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Winter 2014 Issue of NDIAS Quarterly Now Available!

March 13, 2014

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The Winter 2014 issue of the NDIAS Quarterly is now available, featuring scholarly discourse, Institutional news, and the ongoing research of our current and alumni fellows. In this issue, we feature the 2013-2014 Templeton Fellows at the NDIAS: Douglas Hedley (Cambridge) discusses "Image, Imagination, and Participation in the Divine," while Jonathan Marks (UNC-Charlotte) details "The Invisible Aspects of Human Evolution." Hildegund Müller, Fall 2012 NDIAS Fellow and Associate Vice President for Research (Notre Dame), engages the sermons of Augustine of Hippo. 2010-2011 NDIAS Fellow Philipp Koralus (Oxford) reviews the foundation of the Laboratory for the Philosophy and Psychology of Rationality and Decision. While Eric Bugyis, Fall 2010 Graduate Student Fellow and NDIAS Undergraduate Research Coordinator, and seven others examine the value of interdisciplinarity. To view the digital edition, click here. To receive a print version of the quarterly, free of charge, please subscribe here.