Capstone Seminars

Teaching at the Interface of Science & Religion 

Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.


Capstone is designed as a follow-up to Foundations for teachers and administrators of truly exceptional schools that have either completed our first-year seminar or who have already developed substantial courses in the dialogue between science and religion.  Held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame over the next 3 years, Capstone is an intensive 2.5-day seminar, focusing on advanced issues in science and religion with a continued emphasis on curricular development.

This summer Prof. Stephen Barr, Ph.D., a leading particle physicist at the University of Delaware and president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, will discuss how new developments in the fields of particle physics and quantum theory teacher might approach consciousness and free will in their theology and science classes. 

In 2018, Capstone will explore the question of atheism and its scientific, philosophical, and theological presuppositions, and in 2019 we will focus on evolution and the biblical narrative.

Join us!

Let us know if you are interested in attending this year's Capstone seminar. Tell us how your school implements efforts to teach at the interface of science and religion. Did you design electives for your students? On which areas do your teaching efforts focus? Let us know! Please fill in our application form

Eligible schools must apply with two teachers and one administrator.  In addition to accommodation in air-conditioned dorm rooms (single occupation) and board, participants will receive an honorarium of $200.

We are able to award a stipend of $600 to up to seven schools who demonstrate an extraordinary effort in integrating an active dialogue between science and religion into their school curricula. 

Schools may join with more teachers or administrators for a cost of $270 per person, although no additional honoraria can be awarded.

Admission is on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in attending Capstone, please fill in this form. For any questions, please send us an email at or call Patricia Bellm (574) 631-1379 or Jay Martin at (574) 631-1378.


The check-in for the seminar will be Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  at the Eck Visitor Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, followed by Mass and dinner. The seminar will end on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at noon.

Upcoming Capstone Seminars

2017, June 25 - 27, "Mysteries: Quantum & Divine," Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.

2018, June 13 - 16, "The New Atheism - Presuppositions and its impact on teaching in a Catholic High School environment"

2019, TBD,  planned: "Evolution, Biblical Creation & the Question of Extraterrestrial Life"