CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 25, 2002
Geneva Lecture Series hosts world-class scientist turned priest
Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, known as one of the greatest living writers and
thinkers on science and religion, will visit the University of Iowa on Friday
and Saturday, March 8 - 9 to give a series of lectures on the occasion of
the 25th anniversary of the Geneva Lecture Committee.
He will address public audiences at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Buchanan Auditorium
at the College of Business. His address for that evening is "Is There
Anyone There?" and on Saturday, he will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to
noon in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.
Sir Polkinghorne is currently the only ordained clergy in the Church of England
who is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, and one of only three reverends
who were appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in
He held a chair in physics at Cambridge University, undertook theological
studies at Westcott House, and served as curate first at Cambridge and later
at Bristol, before becoming vicar of Bleam from 1984 to 1986. Following his
role as dean and chaplain of Trinity Hall in Cambridge, he became president
of Queen's College, retiring from there in 1986.
Sir Polkinghorne is chairman of the Science, Medicine and Technology Committee
of the Church of England's Board of Social Responsibility, of the Advisory
Committee on Genetic Testing and of the publications committee of Christian
mission agency SPCK. He chaired the joint working party on Cloning of the
Human Genetics Advisory Commission and the Human Fertilization and Embryology
Authority. He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and
of the Medical Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association. He is
the author of many books on the compatibility of religion and science, including
"The Way the World Is," and "One World, Science and Creation."
His other scheduled presentations are Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m., Physics
Building, Van Allen Lecture Room No. 1, "Beyond Science, Is There a Mind
and Purpose Behind the Universe?" a colloquium moderated by Fred Skiff,
physics professor; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, lecture and workshop: "Can
a Scientist Believe?" at the Illinois Room, Iowa Memorial Union.
His visit is co-sponsored by the UI Student Government, the department of
physics, the School of Religion, and the Literature, Science and the Arts
program and more than 15 religious organizations and churches.
The Geneva Lecture Series is committed to the proposition that good scholarship
and Christian faith go hand in hand. The purpose of the lectures is to present
the university community
with a challenge to consider the continuing relevance of the Christian message
to contemporary life. In the past 25 years, more than 50 renowned scholars
and scientists have been invited to speak on the general topics of how Christian
faith relates to their intellectual discipline.
For more information, contact Jason Chen, at (319) 341-0007 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org