Series Archive

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.


Julia wattacheril

Autumn Quarter 2021

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.

Joseph Graves

Winter Quarter 2022

Joseph Graves Jr., PhD

On Jan. 31, 2022, Dr. Graves examined the ideas that “Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (About Christianity)”

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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 over 60 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 National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Arizona Disease Research Commission. His books on the biology of race 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). He is also featured in the ABC-CLIO volume on Outstanding African American scientists.

Jovonia Taylor-Thibert

Spring Quarter 2022

Jovonia Taylor-Thibert, MBA

On May 4, 2022, Jovonia Taylor-Thibert examined the question, “How Humans Create.”

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Jovonia Taylor-Thibert, MBA, is the director in the Amazon Robotics Team, focused ergonomics innovations and designs into the company’s technology. Prior to this, she was the 767 Chief Program Engineer for The Boeing Company in Commercial Airplane (BCA) division, and during more than 15 years at Boeing, she was in several different engineering areas. She was Boeing’s focal for the Women in Aerospace (WIA) organization for three years. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Modern Technology Leader; in 2014, she received the Women of Color in Technology (WOCT) Award Recipient in Community Service. In 2018, she received the 2019 Science Spectrum Trailblazer award at BEYA. She has BS in Electrical Engineering, a BA in Music, an MS in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA.