Director of Vatican Observatory to Speak at Aquinas College

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Aquinas College is pleased to welcome Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory, to campus for a public lecture on Thursday, March 15.

Brother Guy’s presentation, entitled, “Astronomy, God and the Search for Elegance,” will reflect on science and aesthetics. The event will take place:

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Wege Ballroom
3rd Floor - Wege Student Center, Aquinas College
(Campus Map)

Refreshments will be served.

The event is free, but RSVP requested by March 7 to

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Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J. is a leading American research astronomer, internationally renowned speaker, Jesuit brother, director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, 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, Brother Guy 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 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.