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John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other…”

Father Paul Mueller

Presented by:
Father Paul Mueller
Superior, Jesuit Community
Castel Gandolfo


2014 Lecture

"Here's Looking at You:
Science and Religion in Mutual Regard"

October 21
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Lecture
Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room
The William Henry Belk Center

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required, and we encourage you to make your reservation at your earliest convenience and no later than one week prior to the event (Oct. 22). Please call 910-277-3968 and leave a voicemail message that names each attendee or email rsvp@sapc.edu, write McNair Lecture in the subject, and list each attendee. Space will be limited.

A native of Cincinnati Ohio, Mueller was named to his position as religious superior of the Jesuit community at the Vatican Observatory in 2010. In this position he splits his time between the Observatory’s locations at Castel Gandolfo and Tucson, Ariz. He also serves on the Observatory’s research staff, continuing his own research and writing in history and philosophy of science and in related religion-science issues.

Mueller served as a professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago from 2004 until 2009. From 2006 until 2009 he was also academic dean of the Jesuit First Studies Program and of St. Joseph College Seminary, part of Loyola University.

After earning a B.S. in physics at Boston University, Mueller entered the Society of Jesus in 1982. As a Jesuit he completed additional degrees, including a Master of Arts in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He has also earned a Master of Science in physics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. through the University of Chicago’s interdisciplinary Committee for Conceptual Historical Studies of Science.

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