Another great event on Oct. 1st!

RoundtablePanoThank you for everyone’s participation in this lively experiment! Check back here in early 2016 to see when our next event will take place. Feel free to pass along any topic ideas or suggestions for potential presenters.

Register NOW for our next event on Thursday, October 1st

 “The Mystery of Cosmological Constants: Evidence for the Existence of God?”

Our next event will feature Professor Walter Bradley and Dr. Randy Isaac who will be discussing whether or not cosmological constants provide evidence for the existence of God. Professor Bradley says yes, Dr. Isaac says no. Both are long time friends and so their presentations and interactions will make a great start for our dinner discussions.

6:00pm Thursday, October 1 – REGISTER NOW

More info. and speaker bios here. Please see the pre-event readings that will help frame our dinner discussions.

Future roundtables

Thank you to everyone who helped our first year of roundtables a great success! Please check back here this summer for details on our next Providence Roundtable in the coming academic year.

In the meantime, consider checking out where it all started in Boston. On Thursday, May 14th is the next Cambridge Roundtable addressing the topic of “Science and the Modern World?” with Harvard Professor of the History Science, Steven Shapin. Click here to register.

Top 10 reasons to attend a roundtable event

  1. Meet new people.
  2. Make new friends.
  3. Free food.
  4. Begin to collaborate with faculty from different academic departments.
  5. Great discussions on relevant topics.
  6. Enjoy an evening out.
  7. Free drinks (with open bar).
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Hundreds of other faculty in the New England area are doing this (e.g., Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Yale)
  10. It’s fun.


What’s the format of the roundtable event?

It’s a fairly simple schedule for the evening. While the official time says 6-9pm, the event is actually more like 6:30-8:30pm. Here’s what happens.

People arrive between 600-6:30pm and enjoy casual conversation while being served various appetizers and grabbing a beverage from the open bar.

At 6:30pm, guests take their seat and their assigned table before hearing from the roundtable coordinator’s opening remarks (5 minutes), followed by the presenters for that evening (usually 2 professors who speak for about 12 minutes each).

About 7:00pm, dinner is served and the table discussions begin.

About 8:00pm, dessert and coffee is served. And then the roundtable coordinator will call everyone’s attention back to the front for a time of live question/answer between the guests and the presenters (~20 minutes).

And around 8:30pm, the roundtable coordinator will close the evening with some brief remarks. People are free to leave or stay to continue chatting with their colleagues.

Good food. Good conversation. And all of it complimentary thanks to, in large part, the Templeton Religion Trust.

Our first event is scheduled!

Save the Date! The Providence Roundtable will have its first dinner event the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 28th at the Brown Faculty Club. Mark your calendars now and be looking for the official invitation in late September. If you would like to ask about joining our invitation our invitation list, please contact us:

In Deo Speramus–In light of modern science, is there still a place for God and religion in the university?”

Featuring two Brown professors as co-presenters: Ken Miller and Mark Cladis. More about this event here.