Overview: Brown Symposium XXXI
Science and religion address the most fundamental questions of origin, purpose and place, and have produced many of humanity's greatest achievements. Yet, they are often seen as conflicting world views. The debate between science and religion continues today; it is a topic of discussion in presidential elections and has been the center of legal challenges to public education.
The 2009 Brown Symposium brings to the Southwestern University campus seven distinguished scholars whose work focuses on the intersection of science and religion.
The Brown Symposium at Southwestern University
The Brown Symposium is presented by Southwestern University on an
annual basis. Open to the public without charge, the
symposium is funded through an endowment established by , of Houston, Texas, for professorships at the University.
The symposia are designed to enhance the effectiveness of the work for
which the endowed professorships were established. Each symposium
presents topics in one of the broad areas of study represented by the
Science and Religion: Conflict or Convergence, the 31st symposium in the series, has been developed by Benjamin Pierce, professor of biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at Southwestern University.
Lecture events are held in the Alma Thomas Theater, located in the Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center.