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Fall 2020 virtual roundtable event: 7pm Thursday, November 12th

Due to the resounding response to our summer virtual roundtable event on intellectual humility (almost 700 participants!), we have scheduled another virtual dinner discussion event with sociologist Elaine Ecklund and UNR Professor of Higher Education Leadership, David Johnson.

This even is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, and the Leadership Connection. You are invited to a select social engagement for scholars and educators of diverse perspectives among all Ivy League schools, as well as several other top-tier schools in Boston, Chicago, and North Carolina[i].

The virtual event begins Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm EST on “What Scientists Around the World Think About Religion and Why It Matters.”

In this event, Elaine and David will present core findings from the largest and most comprehensive international study of scientists’ attitudes toward religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them. They will explore the nuances of what scientists think about ethics, religion, and spirituality as well as opportunities for scientific and religious communities to better understand and appreciate each other.

Similar to our last event, after the brief presentation, Roundtable participants will be ushered into a virtual space for about 45 minutes of on-line video discussion with five peers—unmonitored, uncensored, and unencumbered by doctrine or tradition or campaign rhetoric.

And to further your interest and participation, on the day of the event all registered participants will receive a $50 gift certificate for fine dining in their own space. 

Enjoy your favorite take-out meal during the professors’ dialogue, but then save your dessert or drink for the discussion afterwards.

Registration will be available next month. After you register, your confirmation email will have a secure Zoom link for the virtual roundtable event, and a link for adding this event to your online calendar.


[i] Roundtables are open in the great city of Chicago at UC and Northwestern, and at the colonial foundations of learning at Penn, Princeton and Rutgers, and amidst the restorative valleys and pastures of Cornell and Duke. Originating in Cambridge at Harvard & MIT, BU and Tufts, and among The Amherst Colleges, The Roundtable caught on at Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Yale, seating thousands of faculty for in-person Roundtable conversations in its 18 years.

More about the Roundtables: 

This event is complimentary for all who attend. The series of roundtable events are sponsored and funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation, a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries related to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Additional funding has been provided by generous scholars and foundations invested in the intersection of science and faith.

Templeton is interested in Providence expanding on an experience that began in Amherst and Cambridge, MA. Since 2005, hundreds of Harvard and MIT professors have engaged in Roundtable faculty-seminar dinner-discussions, experiencing the potential to bring added depth to their lives as scholars and educators. Sponsored by Christian chairpersons and dedicated to fostering dialogue that explores the intersection of current academic thought and every shade of religious and nonreligious thought on issues related to science and religion, invitations are not pre-sorted in alignment with any particular perspective. Select community leaders are also invited to ensure a diversity of religious points of view.

The Providence Roundtable is co-chaired by:

The Providence Roundtable Coordinator is Jarrod Lynn (Brown ’05, M’07), Religious Life Affiliate at Brown University. Please contact him directly with your questions and inquiries: Jarrod_Lynn@brown.edu.

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