University of Chicago First Friday Lecture Series

Friday, August 7, September 4 • 12:15pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Free Admission

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Hosted by the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, the University of Chicago. Lectures are offered at 12:15pm on the first Friday of every month except July, in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center.


Adam Rose, “Impeachment” in the Constitutional Sense

August 7, 12:15pm

Despite its hallowed status, the United States Constitution of 1787 is an imperfect text which sometimes obscures more than it reveals. Such is the case with the long-and-widely misunderstood Constitutional provision for “impeachment”. This lecture will attempt: first, to explicate the true meaning and operation of “impeachment” in the Constitutional sense through a close reading of the 1787 text within the 1787 context; and, second, to survey and explain the history of post-1787 (mis)understandings of this aspect of the Constitution.

David Shiner, Quest for the Center: Science and Religion in the 17th Century

September 4, 12:15pm

The relationship between religion and science in the contemporary world is strained at best, but that was not always the case. The greatest scientists of the 17th century, including Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, were pious Christians whose scientific theories and discoveries were viewed by some as challenging the religious precepts they espoused. In this lecture I will explain how the scientists of that era viewed the relationship between science and religion. I will conclude by offering observations on how those views paved the way for the relationship between science and religion that exists today.

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