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University of Edinburgh Announces 2018 Gifford Lectures

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 -
13:30 to 14:30
Venue: 
Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
Details

Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund will present this year’s Gifford Lecture, on Tuesday 29 May 2018, 5.30-6.30pm, at the Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG. Professor Ecklund is the Herbert S Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Ecklund’s research uses social scientific methods to explore the public relationship between science and religion. Specifically, she has most recently studied how scientists in eight different nations understand religion and spirituality. To that end, Ecklund launched the Network for the Social Scientific Study of Science and Religion (N4SR) in 2011. In addition, through a cooperative project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion program, she has studied how four different U.S. religious groups understand science. The title of her lecture is “Science and Religion in Global Public Life”. 

Tickets for this event are free but must be reserved in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/professor-elaine-howard-ecklund-science-and-religion-in-global-public-life-tickets-40869596062.

 

Lecture Information

Theologians have produced an impressive body of scholarship about scientific ways of knowing and particular religious traditions. Yet, for a fuller understanding of the relationship between religion and science, we need to consider how a range of contemporary people in different societies view the interface of science and religion. In this lecture, Elaine Howard Ecklund offers a social scientific approach to science and religion in global public life.