Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Robert Wright

“The Evolution of God”

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
11 a.m.

Launer Auditorium • Columbia College Campus

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Rober Wright

About Robert Wright

Robert Wright, Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, is a journalist, scholar and prize-winning author of best-selling books about science, evolutionary psychology, history, religion and game theory, including The Evolution of God, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life and Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information. The Moral Animal was named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 12 best books of 1994. Nonzero was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2000. Wright’s first book, Three Scientists and Their Gods , was published in 1988 and nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Wright is a contributing editor at The New Republic, Time, and Slate . In 2005,
Wright co-launched, a current-events “diavlog“ that has featured political scientist Francis Fukuyama, Israeli journalist Gershom Gorenberg and Andrew Sullivan, among others. Wright also has ventured into video-on-Internet with the website, interviewing scholars, theologians, scientists and cosmic thinkers about religion and spirituality.

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The Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies was created to educate students, faculty, staff and the community about religion’s influence on society in the Unites States and globally. Read more about the Schiffman Lecture series.

Previous lectures in Religious Studies

2009 Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University
2008 Susan Jacoby, author of The New York Times best seller, The Age of American Unreason
2007 Dr. Stephen J. Patterson, professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis
2006 Rev. Martin Marty, pastor, author and Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School
2005 Ellen O’Grady, artist and social activist
2004 Rev. John Yonker of First Christian Church and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom of Columbia, Mo.
2003 Dr. Shakir Hoomodi, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri
2002 Dr. Linda Lindsey, professor of sociology and coordinator of women’s studies, Maryville University of St. Louis.

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