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Ancilla’s Lampen Lecture Series Explores the Universe and God

March 16, 2011
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03/17/11 George Schaefer, Assistant Professor at Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Adjunct Instructor of Astronomy at Ancilla College, was on hand as presenter for Ancilla College’s second Lampen Lecture of the semester, “What It’s Like Out There”.

In the presentation, Schaefer focused on the wonder and awe of the universe, highlighting unique aspects of the universe and new discoveries that have arisen in recent times.

“Astronomy today is not the astronomy of our parents,” said Schaefer.  “Microchips and computers are the new eyes at the ends of today’s telescopes.  The pictures they digitally paint give us an insight into the universe that heretofore could never have been conceived.  Thus, the universe is opening up its secrets and we’re beginning to see what it’s like out there.  No longer are the stars and galaxies just points of light in the night sky.  They are coming to be known as new and sometimes fantastic worlds of their own.”

Schaefer used video clips and images to illustrate his topic and made his case for a connection between science and God.

“The beauty of the lecture was the use of NASA videos to allow the eye to see what the Hubble telescope has seen,” said Sr. Carleen Wrasman, PHJC and Coordinator of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry at Ancilla College.  “The immensity of the universe is beyond comprehension.  Of special interest to the attendees was the connection Mr. Schaefer made between science and God.  God as Creator and science as discovery of ‘What It’s Like Out There’ cannot be opposed to each other.  The discoveries of science can only lead us to the majesty and mystery of God.”

This Lampen Lecture was a special evening presentation open to the public and was held in room 231 of the College.

The series was named for Sr. Joel Lampen, the first president of Ancilla College, who opened the doors of Ancilla to the local community. 

The Lampen Lecture Series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, who sponsor Ancilla College, and the Earth Charter to promote thinking beyond one’s own experiences and interests. 

Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

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