The R. Neil Scott Science & Spirituality Forum began its planning stages in 2006. During the 2007-08 academic year, the Forum hosted two brown bag lunches to discuss themes addressed in the book, The View From The Center of the Universe: Discovering Our
Extraordinary Place In The Cosmos, by Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams.
The first discussion, led by Professor Eric Klumpe from the MTSU Physics & Astronomy department, explored book themes as well as broader issues raised by discoveries made in the last twenty years in the field of cosmology (such as that of the existence of cold dark matter, first calculated by Professor Primack) on the nature of the universe.
The second discussion was a facilitated conversation led by Professor Rami Shapiro of the MTSU philosophy department, and covered the potential impact of the new cosmology on our sense of what it means to be human.
In March 2008, co-authors Dr. Joel Primack, renowned lecturer, author, researcher, and one of the world leading cosmologists, and Nancy Ellen Abrams, lawyer, writer, former Fulbright scholar, and frequent speaker with a long-term interest in the history, philosophy, and politics of science, made a presentation at the MTSU Science & Spirituality Symposium and spoke to three campus classes.
In the 2008-09 academic year, members discussed the book, Thank God for Evolution, by Michael Dowd, culminatiing in Rev. Dowd's appearance in Murfreesboro.
The 2010-2011 series focused on the television show Lost and its themes of science and faith. The lecture featured Dr. David Lavery from the MTSU English Department, co-author of Lost's Buried Treasures.
The theme for the 2011-2012 series was "What Can The Dying Teach The Living?" The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Fisher, President of Belmont University. He and his wife Judy are co-authors of the book Life is a Gift: Inspiration from the Soon-Departed.
View our current event listings for brown bag sessions and symposium information.