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An Atheist Chemist & Christian Geneticist Discuss What Makes Us Human


November 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST


411 Willard Straight Hall



About the Veritas Forum:

Where does morality come from? Isn’t science rapidly approaching a complete explanation of nature? Do you ever have doubts about your worldview? Where can I find meaning and fulfillment?

College students around the world are asking themselves and their friends these questions, but there is often no real place to explore these questions alongside brilliant faculty and leading thinkers. 

Veritas Forums are events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.

Veritas Forums are created and hosted by campus student organizations, connected to a network of 70 campuses nationwide, and supported by the national Veritas Forum team.


About the Presenters:

Praveen Sethupathy ’03 is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs a research laboratory focused on the genetics/genomics of complex human diseases. Praveen received his B.A. in Computer Science, his Ph.D. in Genomics and Computational Biology, and he continued his training as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Francis S. Collins at the National Institutes of Health. Praveen was recently selected by Genome Technology as one of the nation’s top 25 rising young investigators in genomics.





Dr. Roald Hoffmann is a theoretical chemist and the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Emeritus at Cornell University. A holocaust survivor, Hoffmann has published two volumes of poetry, a book entitled Beyond the Finite: The Sublime in Art and Science, and is the co-host of the Annenberg/CPB educational series, The World of Chemistry. He is the recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 





The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rosemary Avery, Department Chair of Policy Analysis & Management at Cornell.  A Cornell faculty member since 1988, her professional career has focused on child welfare policy as it relates to the impact of public policy on the experience of children in the foster care system. Dr. Avery has been the recipient of several awards for both her teaching and scholarship, including eleven Merrill Presidential Teacher Recognition Awards.  



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