Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict

a Magi Project event

When: Tues, April 24th | 6:30 pm, with light refreshments at 6:00pm

Where: Stiteler Hall, Rm B6


An evening with Prof. Stephen Barr

It is widely supposed that science and faith are inherently incompatible and historically have been at war.  In this talk, it will be shown that this is a myth based largely on bad history and misunderstandings of traditional religious concepts.  He will start by clearing up some common misconceptions about Christian (and specifically Catholic) beliefs about God and Nature.  He will then survey some of the remarkable and little-known story of the Church’s involvement with science, which has been overshadowed by the Galileo case.  Finally, he will argue that several discoveries of twentieth century physics are more consonant with traditional Christian and Jewish ideas about the universe and our place in it than they are with atheistic and materialist ideas.


About our Speaker: Professor Stephen Barr

Prof. Stephen Barr works in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware.  His main areas of research include grand unified theories, theories of CP violation, theories of neutrino masses and mixing, and particle cosmology.  He is the president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, the author of several popular books on science and faith and was awarded the  Benemerenti medal for services to the Church by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.


Sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation

Global Health & Provider Responsibility

a How to Heal Luncheon in Medical Humanities

When: Wed, April 18th | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Where: Claire Fagin Hall, Rm 214

Dr. Tony Luberti (medical director of informatics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and Dr. Andrew Steenhoff(medical director of the Global Health Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) join Caritas, the Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Penn, and Collegium for a discussion on global health and the responsibilities of healthcare providers in relation to it.  Lunch Provided

RSVP to Elizabeth Feeney at

Meet our speakers:

Dr. Steenhoff graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa with a distinction in pediatrics. He completed pediatric training in South Africa, England and the United States. Following pediatric residency and chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, he did an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Steenhoff combines clinical and research skills to improve pediatric outcomes in the developing world. His research focuses on pediatric infectious diseases with a particular interest in tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia and gastroenteritis. Dr. Steenhoff is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and has worked at CHOP since 2004. He teaches and mentors students, residents and fellows in Botswana, the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia.

Dr. Luberti received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a masters in Information Science from Penn State University. He has more than 10 years experience with the implementation of several Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems at CHOP in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. Luberti also serves as Medical Director of CHOP’s nurse triage call center, and is a supervising/attending physician for pediatric residents in CHOP’s Resident Continuity Clinic.  He is the medical director of informatics education in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since February 2009, Dr. Luberti has been involved in various aspects of CHOP’s Global Health programs and the Botswana UPenn Partnership (BUP) including the development and application of database programs and the use of various technologies and distance learning methods to support a number of educational and research efforts in Botswana.