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Pascal Day

Pascal Day—an exploration of science, philosophy and faith—is an annual lecture series named for Blaise Pascal, a 17th century French scientist and mathematician. Pascal’s later writings on Christianity reveal a thinker whose faith deepened and grew stronger as the intricacy of creation’s workings became known to him through science.

Fifth Annual Pascal Day: Abraham and the Absoluteness of God

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Presented by Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

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2012: The Eugenics Movement and Misanthropic Philanthropy

Presented by William A. Schambra, Director, the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. Prof. Schambra's spoke about the prominent role U.S. foundations played in promoting the eugenics movement, a chapter of their history they have never faced and would fain forget.

View the lecture here.

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2011: Tocqueville's Alliance of Religion and Liberty

Harvard academic Dr. Harvey C. Mansfield spoke about how democratic institutions gain strength when religious ideas are welcome in civic discourse. Mansfield is the William R. Kennan Professor of Government at Harvard University. In addition to being a widely influential thinker in the field of political philosophy, Mansfield is a translator of Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman whose travels in the United States in the early decades of the 19th century inspired Democracy in America, the work for which he is best known.