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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Events at Chesterton House

Upcoming Events

On Faith & the Environment

Friday Conversation with Dr. David Lodge

Friday, Jan 26, 2018

5:00 pm

Discussion Group

Professor David Lodge earned a PhD at University of Oxford in 1982 and acceoted his current appointment at Cornell University in May of 2016 where he serves as the first Francis J. DiSalvo Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Professor Lodge serves in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a joint appointment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

As the founder of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), where researchers strive to conduct research that matters to society, Lodge's goal is to find answers to the most critical environmental questions of our time. Along with collaborators and partner organizations, he focuses on the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, and their synergistic impacts on water resources. He seeks to provide solutions to minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and discover win-win solutions where they are possible. He has conducted extensive research experience on a wide variety of vectors of invasive species, including ships, boats, canals, and commerce in life food, pets and plants. With numerous collaborators, he have studied Eurasian watermilfoil, rusty crayfish, zebra and quagga mussels, and Asian carp and many other species. My research focuses on ecological forecasting to better inform environmental risk assessment, policy development, and natural resource management. On numerous occasions Lodge has testified before the U.S. Congress and has also served as an expert witness in federal court. He served as the first chair of the U.S. government’s national Invasive Species Advisory Committee in 2000-01, led research on freshwater biodiversity as part of the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2000-05, and led an expert subcommittee providing advice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on reducing invasions from the ballast water of ships in 2010-11. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of NOAA and the International Joint Commission. Collaborations with economists, historians, theologians, and philosophers, and has provided him with extensive experience in partnering with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy to help translate and transfer scientific work to the public policy arena. He served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the US Department of State in 2014-15 and faculty member at the University of Notre Dame for over 28 years.

 

 

On Vocation: What's a Student to Do?

Friday Conversation with Dr. Ryan O'Dowd, Chesterton House Senior Fellow

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

5:00 pm

Discussion Group

Dr. Ryan O'Dowd serves as Chesterton House Senior Fellow, including status as both Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) Chaplain.  His formal education includes a B.S. in Biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.A. in biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in biblical studies from the University of Liverpool (2005).  He has taught courses in biblical and religious studies at Briercrest College, Redeemer University College, and the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. O'Dowd is also the author of a few books including Proverbs - The Story of God Bible Commentary published in 2017.

He also served in the active duty Air Force from 1994-2001 and 2010-13 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2001-2009 and 2013 to the present.  During his second tour on active duty he served as Courtesy Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University, and also served as a member of the board of governors at Chesterton House.  He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serves as Inspector General at the 514th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserves) at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.

Ryan is married to the former Amy Gunter of Pacific Grove, CA and they have four children.  Their marriage has included 13 homes in six U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and Cheltenham, England.  They’re very happy to be settled in Ithaca.

Identity, Community, and Vocation

First Class

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Class

Join our first class of Identity, Community, and Vocation
Instructor - Dr. Ryan O'Dowd

Who am I? And what am I called to do at this time, in this place, and among these people who live in the world around me? This two credit, integrative seminar explores issues of identity, community, and vocation, drawing upon philosophical, sociological, and theological readings.

Dr. Ryan O'Dowd serves as Chesterton House Senior Fellow, including status as both Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College and Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) Chaplain.  His formal education includes a B.S. in Biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.A. in biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in biblical studies from the University of Liverpool (2005).  He has taught courses in biblical and religious studies at Briercrest College, Redeemer University College, and the Paideia Centre for Public Theology.

He also served in the active duty Air Force from 1994-2001 and 2010-13 and in the Air Force Reserves from 2001-2009 and 2013 to the present.  During his second tour on active duty he served as Courtesy Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies at Cornell University, and also served as a member of the board of governors at Chesterton House.  He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serves as Inspector General at the 514th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserves) at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.

Ryan is married to the former Amy Gunter of Pacific Grove, CA and they have four children.  Their marriage has included 13 homes in six U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and Cheltenham, England.  They’re very happy to be settled in Ithaca.

“Dr. O’Dowd is a fantastic teacher and does a truly excellent job at helping students come to real understanding of the depth
of the material.” – Dan Miller

"Jesus and Prozac"

Veritas Forum with David Carreon, MD

Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Partner Event, Public Lecture

Dr. David Carreon graduated from UCLA where he studied Civil Engineering where he developed a love for science working on mechanically probing the rigidity of single cells. He was also interested in medical service, and founded a non-profit that works to connect students wanting to help with the poor who need it in Mexico. While continuing his education at Stanford School of Medicine, he came across an incredible startup, anti-poverty nonprofit out of Stanford GSB called Nuru International. He decided to take a leave of absence and worked for Nuru in Kenya, leading the healthcare team in rolling out efficient interventions like community health workers and vaccination campaigns. Upon returning to medical school, he realized how interconnected the world was and, for better or worse, how much the rest of the world looked to the United States as an example. He realized the biggest impact he could make was to help get things right at home.

Dr. Carreon decided to study neuroscience in medical school to prepare for his future career as a psychiatrist, and found a mentor Amit Etkin, with whom he worked from 2012 - 2018. After much toil and tribulation (as is normally the way of it), he graduated medical school and continued into psychiatry residency at Stanford. He continued to explore questions of human choice clinically and experimentally.

Research
Dr. Carreon's research interests have been focused on questions of cognitive control. His first project with the Etkin lab was using brains stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS) to try to modify inhibition control in healthy subjects. Additionally, Dr. Carreon looked at the role of executive function in mental illness via meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. He is currently working on analyzing objective measures of cognition in post-war mental illness (including PTSD, TBI and depression) and studying how these measures relate to subjective symptoms and neurological measurements. 

Other Interests
Dr. Carreon's interests are quite broad. He likes to read, write, discuss and debate. Philosophy, faith and science tend to be his favorite topics, but he's pretty happy to talk about anything. His recent interests have included neuroscience, psychology, economics (particularly in behavior and healthcare), statistics and history (especially of science and Christianity). Dr. Carreon loves teaching, particularly neuroscience, and has spoken dozens of times to over 9,000 people. 

This event is co-sponsored with The Veritas Forum.

On Theology

Friday Conversation with Dr. Max Lee

Friday, Mar 16, 2018

5:00 pm

Discussion Group

Dr. Max Lee is a New Testament professor at North Park Theological Seminary and has a passion to prepare students for a lifetime of pastoral ministry through theological education. As a New Testament professor, Dr. Lee enjoys helping students develop the skill sets they need to be better preachers and teachers of God’s word.

Dr. Lee hopes that every person entering his class will walk away with a greater knowledge about the culture and social values of the first century world, a greater love for reading the New Testament in its ancient context, and a greater faith to live out this same gospel message more radically today. Dr. Lee says, “Encouraging students to think critically and theologically about our world, and to apply the Bible in the real-life challenges of the Christian church is my call and mission in life.”

Ordained as a Baptist minister, Dr. Lee has served as a pastor, preacher, college staff member, youth leader, and short-term missionary to Japan. His primary research area is the Apostle Paul in his Greco-Roman philosophical, cultural, and literary environment. He actively preaches and teaches for several local churches in the Chicago area.

A Musically Illustrated Lecture with Dr. Mia Chung

Beimfohr-Neuss Lecture Spring 2018

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Public Lecture

Pianist Mia Chung was the first-prize winner of the 1993 Concert Artists Guild Competition and a recipient of the 1997 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Dr. Chung has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Alabama Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Boston Pops, and the Seoul Philharmonic, among others, under the direction of such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, and Richard Westerfield.

An active recitalist, she has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Boston's Symphony Hall; Seoul's Sejong Art Center; and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. A 1993 Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Dr. Chung toured Southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union. She was also a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a master's degree from Yale University and a doctorate degree from the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Peter Serkin, Boris Berman, Raymond and Anne Hanson, and George Manos.

A faculty member at Gordon College since 1991, Dr. Chung joined the Curtis faculty in 2012.