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'Difficult Dialogues' to explore faith, reason

Speakers to appear through fall semester

The Commons, a new venture involving KU's Hall Center for the Humanities and Biodiversity Institute, announces the first in what will become an occasional lecture series designed to foster informative and civil dialogue on difficult and volatile issues in American society. "Difficult Dialogues at The Commons," the inaugural series of lectures and informal discussions, takes as its theme the proper roles of reason and faith in the human enterprise.

Sept. 7: Kenneth Miller, professor of biology, Brown University, "God, Darwin and Design: Creationism's Second Coming," 7:30 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom *Additional Colloquium Sept. 8 – "Dialogue with Kenneth Miller" 10-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall.

Sept. 26: Judge John E. Jones III, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, "Judicial Independence and Kitzmiller v. Dover et al," 7:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium *Additional Colloquium Sept. 27 – "Dialogue with Judge John E. Jones III" 10-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall

Oct. 3: Os Guinness, theologian and author; co-founder of The Trinity Forum, "A World Safe for Diversity: Living with our Deepest Differences in an Age of Exploding Pluralism" 7:30 p.m., Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium *Additional Colloquium Oct. 4 – "Dialogue with Os Guinness" 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall.

Oct. 16: Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University "The God Delusion" 7:30 p.m., Lied Center Auditorium Appearing jointly with the Humanities Lecture Series *Additional Colloquium Oct. 17 – "Dialogue with Richard Dawkins" 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall.

Nov. 16: Eugenie Scott, Director, National Center for Science Education, "Faith, Reason and Assumption in Understanding the Natural World" 7:30 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom *Additional Colloquium Nov. 17 – "Dialogue with Eugene C. Scott" 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall.

Nov. 30: Michael Behe, Professor of Biology, Lehigh University, "The Argument for Intelligent Design in Biology" 7:30 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom *Additional Colloquium Dec. 1 – "Dialogue with Michael Behe" 10:00-11:30 a.m., Hall Center Conference Hall.

Dec. 7: Panel Discussion

Panelists: Richard Lariviere, provost and executive vice chancellor; Edward O. Wiley, professor/senior curator, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Sue Gamble, Kansas State Board of Education, 3:30 - 5:00 pm., Hall Center Conference Hall.

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