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Loyola to Host Templeton Foundation Lectures

Loyola press release - August 29, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans recently received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to host the Templeton/American Scientific Affiliation Lecture Series. The university has invited two distinguished scholars to visit Loyola during the month of September. Thomas Berry, C.P., Ph.D. will speak on Cosmic Liturgy on Tuesday, September 19, 2000, with a book signing to follow. Fr. Timothy Toohig, S.J. will speak on Physics Research: the Quest for God on Monday, September 25, 2000. Both lectures will be held in Nunemaker Hall at 7 p.m.

Berry is known throughout the world for his work on a spirituality of the environment. He is the author of The Great Work and The Dream of the Earth, which earned him the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1995. As co-author of The Universe Story, he has undersdcored the significance of the new story of the universe as the primary epic of our times. Berry received a doctorate in history from the Catholic University of America.

Toohig serves the Department of Energy (DOE) as the DOE/NSF Program Manager for the United States involvement in the Large Hadron Collider project at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, Switzerland. He also monitors the

Stanford Linear Collider Center at Stanford University. Toohig served as Deputy Associate Director for the Conventional Construction Division of the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory. He received a doctorate in physics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Based on the heritage of Catholic higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.