Distinguished speakers are scheduled for upcoming lectures sponsored by Catholic faith communities in Tompkins County.
Martha Hennessy, an outspoken peace advocate and the granddaughter of famed Catholic social-justice activist Dorothy Day, is making two appearances on Sunday, Oct. 16. She will speak at Cornell University’s Sage Chapel following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, and also is set to appear at an evening prayer service beginning at 6 p.m. at All Saints Church in Lansing. Hennessy’s visit will highlight an annual Peace Week organized by area faith communities and Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga.
Stephen Barr, an author and professor in the University of Delaware’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will speak on Oct. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Hall. His talk is titled "Is the Human Mind Reducible to Physics?" The presentation will serve as the kickoff event for a second-year speaker series, the St. Albert the Great Forum on Science and Religion, that is headed up by Cornell Catholic Community.