Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe

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August 13, 2018 to August 14, 2018
Saskatchewan, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Graduate Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology

This conference is to inspire conversation around the roles and responsibilities of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating, and sometimes awe-inspiring cosmos which comes into view via modern science. Topics will include: the work of historical scientists like Copernicus and Darwin who served to remove our home planet and humanity from their special place in the cosmos; the shifting of our religious and spiritual expressions to tolerate, accommodate, and even promote new cosmologies; as well as more contemporary developments in scientific theory such as: big bang cosmology, quantum theory, ‘Mitochondrial Eve’, the multiverse, the Gaia hypothesis, the anthropic principle, and many more!

Keynote Speakers:

  • Br. Guy Consolmagno S.J., Ph.D.
  • Jeff Baker Ph.D. and Elder Wilfred Buck B.Ed., PBCE
  • Loriliai Biernacki Ph.D.


Hotel Information:

Reservations may be arranged by calling Park Town Hotel at their toll free reservation line at 1-800-667-3999 or by emailing reservations@parktownhotel.com.

Please give them the group name: Our Place in the Cosmos.

Standard booking is check-in for Sunday August 12 and check-out for Wednesday August 15. If you need to adjust these dates, please let the hotel know your preferred dates.

These are the following room booking options:

West Wing of the hotel-economy rooms-obstructed view-$99.00 plus taxes a night.

  • One queen bed with a shower-continental breakfast voucher (max 2 per room per day)
  • Two queen beds with a full bath (max 2 per room per day)

Standard Tower Rooms-$129.00 plus taxes a night.

  • One queen bed city view-continental breakfast voucher (max 2 per room per day)
  • Two queen beds with a view of the river-continental breakfast voucher (max 2 per room per day)

Executive Tower Rooms-$149.00 plus taxes a night.

  • One king bed-river view-complete breakfast voucher (max 2 per room per day).

The hotel offers free parking on-site, and shuttle services to anywhere in Saskatoon. Please book your stay at least 30-days before the event to ensure your reservation.

Contact Info: 

Conference Committee Chair: Dr. Christopher Hrynkow

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