Even after retiring from the faculty of Hobart and William Smith, former HWS professors, such as Professor Emerita of Religious Studies Mary Gerhart and Professor Emeritus of Physics Allan Russell P’81, P’86, continue to change the academic world. Gerhart and Russell recently gave four lectures to academic communities across the Midwest.
The first lecture was given in December in Chicago, Ill., where they met with the Chicago Group, a community of faculty members from the Chicago area, to discuss their paper “The Divine Conjectures: The Future of Life in the Universe.”
A few months later in February, the scholarly pair gave a bidisciplinary lecture, “A Scientist and a Theologian Construct the Concept of a ‘Loving Universe,'” at Marquette University. Gerhart and Russell also led a discussion with the Albertus Magnus Circle, a group of faculty and graduate students interested in science and religion.
To continue their lectures into the spring, the two scholars lectured at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., in the beginning of April. At St. Mary’s, they gave a lecture on “Recent Developments in Cosmology: Implications for Understanding God or the Divine,” participated in a panel discussion on “Evolutionists on Religion/Faith,” and two seminars.
Later in April, Gerhart and Russell headed back to Chicago to wrap up their 2008-2009 lectures by conducting a 3-hour presentation and discussion on “Metaphor and Conjecture” for the 2009 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology.
Gerhart, who taught at the Colleges between 1972 and 2005, holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Teresa College, master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and the University of Chicago and her doctorate from Chicago. Russell, who taught at the Colleges from 1967 to 1996, holds his Sc.B. and Sc.M. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.