Welcome to SRC

Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) at Harvard Divinity School conducts interdisciplinary research and convenes forums to inform public and scholarly conversations on the interaction of scientific, religious, and cultural constructs around the world. Focusing on the anthropological, historical, philosophical, and theological dimensions, SRC investigates science and religion beyond given categories, carefully unpacking the production and consumption of these discourses and their interactions in many different socio-historical contexts. The program invites students, scholars, faculty, and members of the public to participate in our mission through various fellowship programs, public events, digital publication, and scholarly conferences. Join us!


Upcoming Events

Mar 30

March 30: Dissertation Dinner - "The Multiverse and Participatory Metaphysics."


Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Rock 117
Jamie Boulding, Cambridge University.
Cosmologists are increasingly receptive to the notion that our universe is one of many, or perhaps one of an infinite set of universes. While contemporary science and religion treatments of the multiverse have been limited to this question of design, I suggest that such an approach neglects the more fundamental metaphysical issues inherent in multiverse theory, with its uncertain status at the confluence of physics and metaphysics, as well as its paradoxical ontology that entangles the one and the many. I argue that a participatory metaphysical framework is best able to address the ontological challenges presented by the multiverse. 
Please join us for dinner and conversation. RSVP to der@fas.harvard.edu.


Join us for dinner! 

Apr 01

April 1: IMA/SGBV Research Lunch Panel


Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join our IMA World Health researchers present their research on sex and gender based violence in religious communities.

Apr 08

April 8: Reading Group: “Fourth State of Matter,” a creative nonfiction piece by Joann Beard


Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Rock Lounge

Come read with us! No need to prepare beforehand: we’ll provide a copy of the reading (a short piece on science and religion) and offer pizza and wine as well. All you need is to come ready to read something great, eat something delicious, and discuss some important ideas.

This story—which is somehow, unbelievably, true—probes the limits of tragedy. Based on her experience of the University of Iowa shootings in 1991, “Fourth State of Matter” is a testament to how the shock of violent events affects the human person, survivors and victims alike. Beard’s own experience of these events while working at the university’s physics department expands and webs throughout the essay, tracing luminous threads between (conflating, even) the pain of divorce and watching her dog move closer to death, between the loss of a friend and communal trauma. It’s a very sad essay, admittedly—but the writing is incredible as Beard deftly unseals the borders between truth and fiction, individual and group, survivor and victim.