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Creation & The Longing For Answers


“It’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention.” - Mark Strand

The story of our existence, from the precision of the Big Bang, to the startlingly fortunate creation of our planet, to the lucky accidents at the cellular level, suggest a Creator with a plan and a purpose. But why would that Creator not make things more clear?

We will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Gregg Davidson and panelist Dr. Lillian Seu.

Dr. Gregg Davidson is chair of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of Mississippi and conducts original research in geochemistry and hydrogeology, often employing radiometric dating methods to determine the age of groundwater and sediments. In 2009 he published a book about his keen interest in integrating a lifetime of studying geology with his firm conviction about the infallibility of God’s Word, When Faith & Science Collide – A Biblical Approach to Evaluating Evolution and the Age of the Earth.

Dr. Seu is an immunologist, having received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco. She then received an NIH Fogarty Clinical Research Fellowship in Zambia (2011-2014) to strengthen clinical laboratory diagnostics for infectious diseases. During these years, the Zambian Christian community evangelized the Gospel to her in life-changing ways. Currently, she works as a scientific investigator at Bristol-Myers Squibb developing cancer immunotherapies, and she is passionate about STEM mentorship.

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The artists for the evening are trumpeter Scott McIntosh and pianist Eileen Buck.

Scott McIntosh has toured Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, the Soviet Union, Canada, and the United States.  While a member of the Saturday Brass Quintet, he received the coveted First Prize in the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, May 1990. Mr. McIntosh has also won First Prize at the 1986 Korwin International Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 1986 Munich International Music Competition. He has served on the “distinguished artists” roster of both Affiliate Artists and Young Audiences.

Eileen Buck has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, and Denmark.  Ms. Buck has taught chamber music at Queens College and piano at Vassar. Currently, she serves on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music Preparatory Division and the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, teaching piano and chamber music.

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