King's professor heads to Oxford
The King's University Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Randolph Haluza-Delay will head to Oxford, England to participate in the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities project through the Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford (SCIO), the U.K. subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).
The 25 participants included in the project come from a range of universities around the world, including two from Africa, one from Central America and one from South America, thanks to a special effort to increase diversity. Seven women were selected to the group. Though most participants are from North American CCCU institutions, there is also one participant from a public university. A full list of participants is available at the project’s website.
Funded by the Templeton Religion Trust, project seminars will take place in Oxford, England, in the summers of 2015 and 2016. The program fosters in participants the interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the study of science and religion.
In addition to attending the summer seminars with lectures from eminent scholars in the field, participants will work on an original research project in science and religion intended for major publication. Funds are provided for a research assistant to help the participant’s research project and establish (or bolster) a science and religion student club at the home institution. A final conference with presidents from participating institutions will be held in the summer of 2016.
Helped by 10 specialist reviewers, the selection committee comprised:
Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, and director of the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford; academic director of Bridging the Two Cultures
Stanley Rosenberg, executive director of SCIO, including the BestSemester Scholars’ Semester and Oxford Summer Programme, and faculty member of Wycliffe Hall and the Theology and Religion Faculty, University of Oxford; project director of Bridging the Two Cultures
Michael Burdett, postdoctoral fellow at SCIO and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; project coordinator of Bridging the Two Cultures
John Roche, senior lecturer at SCIO and faculty member of Linacre College and the History Faculty, University of Oxford; senior consultant for Bridging the Two Cultures
McGrath described the project as “a timely and important initiative that will greatly strengthen teaching and research in science and religion, and enhance the intellectual experience of the faculty and their students.”