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Vatican Expert Presents Dialogue on Intelligent Design

The Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory, will present The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Science Does Not Need God. Or Does It? as part of a dialogue on Intelligent Design.

Coyne is widely recognized for speaking out publicly against Intelligent Design. During his address, he will examine the relationship between science and religion within the context of the current debate between evolution and the Intelligent Design movement.

A distinguished astronomer, Coyne’s research interests have ranged from the study of the lunar surface to the birth of stars; and he pioneered polarimetry, a special technique that serves as a powerful tool in astronomical research. He has held his current Vatican post since 1978.

Co-sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, this dialogue on Intelligent Design is free and open to the public.

**Coyne will be available for media interviews.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, 2006

WHERE: Duquesne Union Ballroom, Duquesne University

CONTACTS: Rose Ravasio, 412.396.6051 / cell 412.818.0234
Karen Ferrick-Roman, 412.396.1154 / cell 412.736.1877

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