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Religion and Technology in Shannon Lecture Series, Nov. 8 & 9

  • Published: October 26, 2012

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Contact: Dr. Christine Bochen 585) at 389-2728 or at

Religion and Technology in Shannon Lecture Series, Nov. 8 & 9

Ilia Delio, O.S.F., will present A Post-Human World? Technology and the Future of Humanity on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. and Are We Wired for God? on Friday, November 9 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2012-2013 Shannon Lecture Series. Both lectures will take place in the Otto A. Shults Community Center Forum at Nazareth College, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christine M. Bochen at (585) 389-2728 or at

This year’s program, “Integrating Faith and Science: Dilemmas, Debates, and Decisions,” celebrates the opening of the Integrated Center for Math and Science in Peckham Hall, where Nazareth students and faculty plumb the secrets of the natural world, and, in a special way, honors the memory of our beloved William H. Shannon who died on April 29, 2012. Fr. Shannon was instrumental in promoting conversation on science and morality at the college and in the community.  Our distinguished speakers—all well versed in both science and religion, particularly the Catholic tradition—will help us continue the conversation.

Ilia Delio, O.S.F., is a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, dedicated to theological reflection on the human problems of today. With doctorates in pharmacology from New Jersey Medical School-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and in historical theology from Fordham University, Delio is well-positioned for her work on the center’s project on Religion and Science. Her research focuses on transhumanism, the mystery of matter, and evolutionary theology, especially the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Delio served as professor and chair of spirituality studies at Washington Theological Union. In 2000, she received the 2000 Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion. She is the author of eleven books, including The Humility of God (2005), Christ in Evolution (2008), and Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth (2008), which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009. Her newest publication, The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe (2011), won a 2012 Catholic Press Book Award for Faith and Science.

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies
Through a generous gift from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust, the William H. Shannon Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies was established at Nazareth College to assist in keeping alive and visible the Catholic intellectual tradition belonging to the Roman Catholic heritage upon which the College was founded.

The Chair in Catholic Studies honors William H. Shannon, formerly Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Nazareth College. As beloved teacher, distinguished colleague, renowned scholar, prolific author, and respected religious leader, Father Shannon has advanced the educational mission of Nazareth College and contributed significantly to Catholic intellectual life, both nationally and internationally.

Past holders of the William H. Shannon Chair include Patrick F. O’Connell, associate professor of English and theology at Gannon University; Clarke Cochran, professor of political science at Texas Tech University; and Maureen Tilley, associate professor of religious studies, University of Dayton. The Chair is currently held by Christine M. Bochen, professor of religious studies at Nazareth College.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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