Workshops and Lectures
The Athenaeum will offer two public lectures during the 2016-17 academic year. Lectures are held in the Bartlett Pastoral Center at 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will deliver the LeBlond Lecture. He will address the subject of religious liberty.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Archbishop Lori obtained a Bachelor's Degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Kentucky, and a Master's Degree from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Archbishop Lori was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1977.
In 1995, Archbishop Lori was ordained to the episcopate as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C., and in 2001, he was appointed Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was installed as the sixteenth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 16, 2012.
In 2011, he was named to chair the newly-formed Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to address growing concerns over the erosion of freedom of religion in America. He has helped to lead the Church's national effort to roll back a rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that mandates that all Catholic institutions, including hospitals, universities and charities, offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception.
Lecture on Faith and Science
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory, will speak on faith and science.
A native of Detroit, he earned undergraduate and masters' degrees from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT before entering the Society of Jesus in 1989.
He has worked at the Vatican Observatory since 1993. There his research has explored connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies.
Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (co-authored with Father Paul Mueller, S.J.).