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On Visions of Empire

Four days from now is the Ides of March, which brings to mind the most famous death on that day, Julius Caesar’s — and that gets me thinking about all the little Caesars, Kaisers, and Czars that came after him. Krishan Kumar’s Visions of Empire (Princeton, 2017) readably tells the story of Rome and five other empires: Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian/Soviet, Read More ›

Chicago Downtown at Night
Chicago Downtown at Night

Discovery Institute Speakers Featured at Upcoming Black Conservative Summit

The upcoming Black Conservative Summit 2023 will include two important sessions on science and scientism featuring Dr. John G. West, Vice President of Discovery Institute, Dr. Stephen Dilley, Senior Fellow of the Center for Science & Culture, and Sean Mixon, adjunct professor at Dallas College and an alumnus of the Center for Science & Culture Summer Seminar program. Sean Mixon and John West Read More ›


Socrates in the City with Michael Medved

Michael Medved, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center for Wealth & Poverty, will be interviewed on Socrates in the City, a conversational forum that engages with the big questions in life. Hosted by Eric Metaxas, a longtime friend of the Center for Science & Culture, Socrates in the City has interviewed many renowned thinkers of our time, including Stephen C. Read More ›


On How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

For a mere $5,000 you can host an anti-racist dinner with seven friends as guests plus two hired guests as agitators. As New York magazine reports, “A collection of affluent white women, equipped with varying degrees of vanity and self-delusion, gather at a well-appointed dinner table. There, they face down a pair of unsparing judges prepared to see right through Read More ›

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Conference on Engineering in Living Systems

CELS 2021 brings together leading engineers and biologists in order to: (1) apply engineering principles to better understand biological systems, (2) craft a design-based theoretical framework that explains and predicts the behaviors of living systems, and (3) develop research programs that demonstrate the engineering principles at work in living systems. Read More ›

The Ray Bradbury Collection

I’ll focus this month on books by and about four God-haunted genius writers: Ray Bradbury, Bob Dylan, John Donne, and Samuel Adams. The Library of America brought out last year The Ray Bradbury Collection, a two-volume assortment of stories and novellas by the science fiction and fantasy writer who died in 2012 at age 91. Captain Hart, the protagonist of Read More ›


On Rediscovering Humility

This newsletter usually emphasizes secular books, but ‘tis the season to recommend books with Christian themes. I’ll start with Christopher Hutchinson’s excellent Recovering Humility (New Growth Press, 2018), which notes that “the surest way to a greater humility is to gaze upon Christ hanging on the cross.” True, and it all starts with a baby in a manger. Hutchinson wisely Read More ›


International Seminar on Intelligent Design

Historically, the Summer Seminar program organized by the Center for Science & Culture has included two seminars offered concurrently: the Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, designed for students and professionals in the natural sciences and the history and philosophy of science, and the C.S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society, designed primarily for students and professionals in the Read More ›