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Former N.C. Governor and chemistry professor Dr. Jim Martin to speak on Science: The Modern Revelation

12/10/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion will present as this year's Witherspoon Lecturer former N.C. Governor and chemistry professor Dr. Jim Martin, who will speak on "Science: The Modern Revelation"  on Tuesday, February 16,  at 7  p.m. in Sykes Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public.  

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Dr. Martin taught chemistry for 12 years at Davidson College, where he helped initiate the multidisciplinary, humanities-based "Blue Sky Curriculum."  After serving for twelve years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Martin served as governor of N.C. from 1985 - 1993.  He is a frequent and articulate speaker on the relation of science and religion.

The William and Margaret Witherspoon Lectures were established to address the religious and moral implications of developments in the sciences.  William Witherspoon (1909 - 2008) established the lecture series in 1991 at Queens University of Charlotte in memory of his wife Margaret, a 1932 alumna of Queens.  She majored in chemistry and biology and taught high school in St. Louis, Mo. William Witherspoon studied nuclear physics, chemistry and astronomy at the University College of Washington University in St. Louis while building a successful career in investment analysis.  William and Margaret were married in 1938. 

Sykes Auditorium is in the basement of Sykes Learning Center, which is near the intersection of Selwyn and Wellesley. 

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate - through dialogue - the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives.    Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, who kicked off a four-lecture series on "Languages of God. 

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university, with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication, and Hayworth College for Adult Studies.

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