2019 SCS Conference

Jun 79, 2019
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


The third annual conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists was held on June 7-9, 2019 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, USA. 

Conference Theme:  

The theme of the conference was “What does it mean to be human?”  This included such questions as What is “human nature”? When did it appear? Did Neanderthals and other archaic species of Homo have it? When does an individual human life begin? Can human nature be changed by genetic engineering? In what ways are humans unique on earth? Are we unique in the cosmos?  These questions were explored from the point of view of biology, paleoanthropology, philosophy, theology, and other disciplines.  

Conference Program and Schedule:

Take a look at the Conference Program and Schedule 


Speakers' Biographies

Directory of Videos of Talks: 

Videos of 2019 conference talks

2019 St. Albert Award:

see information on the awardee Maureen L. Condic

Homily of Conference Mass:

see text of homily 

Message to Conference from Archbishop Chaput:

see text of message 

Media Coverage of Conference:

aleteia story on SCS and 2019 conference 

Catholic World Report

Podcasts of Interviews with speakers:

Fr. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B. and Daniel Vanden Berk, Part I  (July 15, 2019)

Fr. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B. and Daniel Vanden Berk, Part II  (July 22, 2019)

Bejamin Rybicki  (August 12, 2019)

Jonathan Lunine   (August 19, 2019)

Karin Öberg   (August 26, 2019)

Megan Levis, Part I   (Sept 2, 2019)

Megan Levis, Part II  (Sept 9, 2019)