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Director of Vatican Observatory to speak at Aquinas College

• Mar 4, 2018 at 8:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Aquinas College has invited Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, to campus for a public lecture on Thursday, March 15.

Consolmagno’s presentation, “Astronomy, God and the Search for Elegance,” will reflect on science and aesthetics.

Consolmagno is a leading American research astronomer, internationally renowned speaker, Jesuit brother and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He has extensive experience communicating science in an engaging way to a diverse public audience, and helping to bridge scientific and religious understandings of the cosmos.

In this lecture, using astronomical images, Consolmagno will explore the way that one proceeds from an emotional appreciation of the beauty of the stars and planets, to a deeper scientific understanding that satisfies both reason and emotion. Ultimately, this link between "elegance" and rational truth has profound theological implications.

The event will take place on the third floor of the Grand Rapids college’s Wege Student Center at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but your RSVP is requested by March 7. For questions, contact [email protected]

The event is co-sponsored by the Aquinas College Office of the Dean of Science and Sustainability, Catholic Studies at Aquinas College, and the Franciscan Life Process Center.

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