The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CT)
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Cynthia Stooksberry
Vice President for Mission & Identity

The Crescent in the Scientific Age: Muslim Perceptions of Science and Religion

Salman Hameed is the Charles Taylor Chair and an Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities in the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. He also directs the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies. His research focuses on understanding the reception of science in the Muslim world and how Muslims view the relationship between science and religion.

Hameed led a four-year National Science Foundation-funded research project on the reception of biological evolution in diverse Muslim societies. He is currently leading a study to understand and analyze the discourse and participants in online Islam and science videos. National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the BBC and the Guardian have covered his research results. Hameed runs Irtiqa, a science and religion blog with an emphasis on scientific debates taking place in the Muslim world, and hosts an online astronomy video series in Urdu and a science podcast for audiences in Pakistan.

St. Mary’s University welcomes you to a free, annual lectures series featuring men and women who have shaped the Catholic intellectual tradition − a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s University.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cindy Stooksberry at

Glenn MacTaggart (J.D. ’79, M.A. ’89), longtime attorney and counsel with Prichard Hawkins Young LLP, and his wife, Karla MacTaggart, gave a major gift to St. Mary’s to create the MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Lecture Series Endowment. The gift allows for the recruitment of speakers from various faith traditions to speak to the University and San Antonio communities about such topics as Catholicism in a changing world, religion in a pluralistic society and faith in areas such as art and science.



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