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