Understanding the Crusades

Dr. Brian Bradford

Saturday, August 13, 9:30-1:00 p.m.

Ambrose House of Studies

736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001

 

The Newman Community is pleased to sponsor a Saturday lecture and seminar by Dr. Brian Bradford on the history and significance of the Crusades.

 

Topics

 

The rise, expansion, and reaction to Islam

The doctrine and practice of jihad in the Islamic conquests

Hadith texts on jihad

Historical events in medieval Europe

The call of the First Crusade 1095

The path of the Crusade, its battles, and

the taking of Jerusalem in 1099

The first Crusade in Islamic literature

Islam and contemporary jihad

 

A PDF file of passages from the Koran, speeches of Urban II, maps, and other historical documents is available for Download

 

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Schedule

9:30-meet and greet

10:00-11:00First session

11:00-11:15-break

11:15-12:15Second session

12:15-1:00-lunch

 

The Seminar

 

The seminar is intended for students and scholars with backgrounds in the diverse traditions of learning, including the liberal arts, the humanities, theology, law, medicine, philosophy, and science.

 

Registration fee: $25.00— includes  refreshments, lunch, and photo-copy materials.

 

To register for the seminar -> Click here

 

For more information:

please contact:dr_brian_bradford@outlook

Philosophy of Nature, the Puzzle of the Universe, Space-time, and Einstein

 

Dr. Ronald Muller

Saturday, July 30, 9:30-3:00 p.m.

Ambrose House of Studies

736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001

Please join the Newman Community for a day of inquiry and discussion regarding philosophy’s oldest question: What is the Cosmos?

In light of the stunning discoveries of modern physics and astronomy, Dr. Ronald Muller will direct a morning and afternoon seminar concerning the intersection of metaphysics, philosophy, mathematics, and physics in the quest to understand the ultimate fabric and dynamic structure of the universe.

With reference to Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kant, and Einstein, the seminar will examine the traditional concepts of space, time, and matter then explore the contemporary understanding of these realities  in recent  theories of relativity, space-time, and gravitation.

Topics

· The starting point: Realism or Idealism?

· Space and time in Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton

· Material reality and the uniform laws of physics

· Understanding the nature of gravity: Galileo and Newton

· Understanding the nature of light: the Michelson-Morley Experiment

· Einstein, Special Relativity, and the Invariant Speed of Light

· The space-time Matrix

· The General Theory of Relativity: gravitation & the curvature of space

· Minkowski space and Lorentz transformations

· The expanding universe

Schedule

9:30                meet and greet

10:00-11:00   First session

11:00-11:15    break

11:15-12:15    Second session

12:15—1:00    lunch

1:00 –2:15     Afternoon session

Recommended background reading

Albert Einstein, Relativity

Bertram Russell, ABC of Relativity

Martin Gardner,  Relativity for the Million

James A. Coleman, Relativity for the Layman

Sir Arthur Eddington, Space, time and gravitation: an outline of the general relativity theory

Questions

What is the universe?  What is it composed of?

Does the universe exist apart from the mind or is it in some way constituted by the mind according to how the mind thinks?

Is the universe governed by uniform physical laws?

Is there a center of the universe? Can the universe expand infinitely?

Is space a mental construct as Kant proposed or a plenum existing in the physical world?

What is the relation between space and bodies occupying space?

Can empty space exist?

What is time if not the progression of the present into the future?

At this moment of time on the earth (the present) is there a corresponding moment, a corresponding “present,” on distant galaxies?

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The Seminar

 

The Cosmology seminar is offered as a propaedeutical introduction to the philosophy of nature concerning the whole of nature or the universe.  The seminar is intended for students and scholars with diverse backgrounds in the liberal arts, the humanities, theology, law, medicine, philosophy, and science.

 

Registration fee: $25.00— includes  refreshments, lunch, and photo-copy materials.

 

To register for the seminar -> Click here

 

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Pro-Life Attorneys to speak at Ambrose House

Nikolas Nikas & Dorinda Bordlee

Thursday, July 7th 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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Please join the Newman Community in welcoming noted Catholic pro-life attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee for a reception and colloquium at Ambrose House of Studies, Thursday evening, July 7 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Co-founders of the Bioethics Defense Fund based in New Orleans, both are involved with pro-life legislation and outreach across the nation. Mr. Nikas recently gave the keynote address for the annual Kalamazoo Right-to-Life Dinner.

6:00 Meet and Greet, refreshments

7:00 Colloquium

Founded to promote life issues, the Bioethics Defense Fund collaborates with leading academics, medical doctors, theologians, and scientists to inform legislation, litigation, and education efforts concerning right-to-life, parental consent, euthanasia, cloning, and medical ethics issues.  For more information go to  The Bioethics Defense Fund – www.bdfund.org

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