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Previous Lecturers

Every year, the Charles H. Townes Lecture Series invites prominent scholars and public intellectuals to discuss aspects of the relationship between science and religion.

Previous Charles H. Townes Lecturers

Academic Year Lecturer
2006–2007 Owen Gingerich
Research Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University; Senior Astronomer Emeritus, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
2007–2008 Nancey Murphy
Professor of Christian Philosophy Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
2008–2009 Freeman Dyson
Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, New Jersey
2009–2010 Albert L. Blackwell
Reuben B. Pitts Professor of Religion Emeritus Furman University
2010–2011 Holmes Rolston III
Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Colorado State University
2011–2012 Marilynne Robinson
Novelist and Essayist Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa
2012–2013 Philip Clayton
Dean and Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology Provost, Claremont Lincoln University Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University
2013–2014 Daniel C. Matt
Dean and Ingraham Professor of Theology, Author and Preeminent Scholar of Kabbalah Translator and Commentator, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition
2014-2015 Diana L. Eck
Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society Harvard College Professor Master of Lowell House
2015-2016 Kenneth R. Miller
Professor of Biology Brown University
2016-2017 Christian Smith
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
2017-2018 Marvin Konner
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Anthropology, Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University