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The Institute for Religion and Science Presents Lecture on “The Rediscovery of Place in Technology and Prayer”

April 9, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

tJohn M. Staudenmaier, SJ, professor of history of technology and engineering ethics at the University of Detroit Mercy will present the lecture, “The Rediscovery of Place in Technology and Prayer” on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf campus at Chestnut Hill College. This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College.

tFor centuries, a city’s location depended critically on the availability of resources such as clean water and fertile topsoil. Then, in the mid-to-late 19th century, complex systems such as railroad and telegraph networks, electric light and power utilities, and urban and regional water systems were embraced with an almost religious awe. However, once key raw material advantages began shifting from being very cheap to being very expensive, this systems-based technological style became unsustainable. Today we tend to focus on location and on context-based technology.

tStaudenmaier will discuss how this phenomenon shares a striking parallel with the present rediscovery of place and body in Western mystical prayer, and how scholars and spiritual directors have begun to retrieve the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius as mystical, and how prayer is understood to be richly embedded in one’s historical context.

tThe lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7197 or kduffy@chc.edu.


April 9, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Chestnut Hill College, Commonwealth Chateau
9230 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA