Series Archive

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This lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Supporting Structures: Innovative Partnerships to Enhance Bench Science at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities member institutions. The grant is supported by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, the UK subsidiary of the CCCU, with funding by the John Templeton Foundation and the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust.


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Julia Wattacheril, MD, MPH

On Oct. 26, 2021, Dr. Wattacheril examined the question, “What does God think about creation?” and explored themes of wholeness and suffering.

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Julia Wattacheril, MD, MPH, is a clinician investigator, transplant hepatologist, and director of the adult nonalcoholic fatty liver disease program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. As a Christian, her passion for faith and work integration began in medical school in Houston at the Baylor College of Medicine. After moving to New York City, she completed the Gotham Fellowship at the Center for Faith and Work and continues to develop innovative ways to implement spiritual tools to help health care providers and the patients they serve. She has a particular heart for connecting with people at the fringes of any sphere but particularly in academic medicine.


WINTER QUARTER 2022 Joseph Graves

Joseph Graves Jr., PhD

On Jan. 31, 2022, Dr. Graves lectured on “Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (About Christianity).” He also considered “How should we understand inevitability in creation?” and "Is racism inevitable?"

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About the speaker: Joseph Graves Jr., PhD, is an evolutionary biologist and geneticist. His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans. With dozens of papers and book chapters published, he has appeared in six documentary films and numerous television interviews on these general topics. He has been a principal investigator on grants from the NIH, NSF, and Arizona Disease Research Commission. His books include The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium (Rutgers University Press, 2001, 2005) and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America (Dutton Press, 2004, 2005). A summary of his research career can be found on Wikipedia, and he is featured in the ABC-CLIO volume on Outstanding African American scientists.