2021 Lilly Fellows Program National Conference
“Science, Faith and the Common Good”
October 8-10, 2021

Lilly Fellows National Conference @ Boston College

At this year’s Lilly Fellows National Conference, we will come together to explore the fruitful ways in which science and religious faith can mutually enrich one another. Although there has been a long history of animosities between science and religion, in this conference we will hearken to voices witnessing to their compatibility and cooperation. We will ponder how this reinvigorated conversation and cooperation can benefit the common good of humankind – what Pope Francis called “care for our common home.”

This theme is most appropriate, as the Lilly Fellows Program has begun a new stage of its mission. Branching outward from many years of conversations focused on the humanities and arts, the Lilly Fellows Program is now developing new models for integrating faith, higher learning and research in the fields of the natural sciences, social sciences and professional disciplines through its Faculty Fellows Program.

At the same time, Boston College has inaugurated its Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, using science and technology to search for solutions to society’s most pressing challenges, while educating the next generation of science leaders in the areas of energy, health and the environment. These are the goals of its new interdisciplinary initiatives and undergraduate majors in “Global Public Health and the Common Good,” and “Human Centered Engineering.”

The Boston Marathon will be held the same weekend as the Lilly Fellows Annual Conference. We encourage participants to book their travel in advance, and with enough time once they arrive to accommodate heavier-than-usual traffic.

Boston College strongly encourages conference participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before attending the Lilly Fellows Conference. Attendees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear masks on campus, within all campus buildings and outside on campus grounds.

Registration for this conference is open until August 24th. Click here to register.

Plenary Speakers

Stephen M. Barr
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Delaware

Thea L. James
Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer
Boston Medical Center

Nancey Murphy
Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy
Fuller Theological Seminary


Further Questions?

Contact Mary Elliot at the Boston College Lonergan Institute: bclillyfellows2021@gmail.com, 617-552-2935.
Learn more about the Lilly Fellows Program.

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties.