Science Day at Mundelein Seminary

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Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium - 901P

901 Principal Ave

Mundelein, IL 60060

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Come explore our cosmic origins and how the possibility of extraterrestrial life would affect human societies, cultures, and religions.

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Since the mid-1990s, we’ve discovered more than 4,000 planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets) and the list grows almost daily. Whether any of these worlds harbor life is yet-to-be determined, but the rapid pace of discovery has motivated conversations between scientists, theologians, philosophers, and ethicists, regarding how the discovery of extraterrestrial life would affect human societies, cultures, and religions. Dialogue between conversation partners who come from different backgrounds and experiences can be extremely difficult; the best way to learn about another community is to become a participant, not simply an onlooker.

Join us for a free lecture by the Adler Planetarium's Grace Wolf-Chase, Ph.D., on what we’re learning about our cosmic origins, and how the participation of people from all walks of life around the world enables research that would otherwise be impossible and helps build bridges across diverse communities.

The lecture is followed by breakout discussion sessions on the spiritual aspects of this topic led by seminarians studying at Mundelein Seminary.

This event is free and open to the public and suitable for high school-aged audiences and above. Youth groups must have two adults for every eight youth attendees, per VIRTUS regulations. If registering a group, please only register once and reserve tickets for the total number in your group.

Dr. Wolf-Chase holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. Wolf-Chase has been an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium since 1998. Her current focus is on integrating scientific research with education and public outreach through citizen science. Wolf-Chase has been active in science and religion dialogue for 20 years. She is an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Vice President of the Center for Advanced Studies in Religion and Science, and an advisor for Science for Seminaries, an initiative of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Lecture

10:45 a.m. - Noon Breakout discussions with seminarians

For any questions or more information, please call 847-970-4830.

For media inquiries, please contact Matt Paolelli at 847-970-4919.

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Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium - 901P

901 Principal Ave

Mundelein, IL 60060

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