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Franciscan Sister to Discuss Technology
Development and its Relationship to Religion

RELEASED: Sept. 18, 2009

Sister Ilia Delio
Sister Ilia Delio

EAU CLAIRE — Sister Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister of Washington, D.C., will present "Evolution and Techno Sapiens: Where Do We Stand?" Oct. 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Delio's presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Delio, who is a professor and chair of spirituality studies at the Washington Theological Union and an associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center of Georgetown University, will discuss technological development in the areas of nanotechnology and genetic, robotic and artificial intelligence and their link to religion. She also will discuss how discoveries in technology are leading to a new age of transhumanism brought about through human progress. Delio also will discuss the strong link between technology and religion and whether it suggests we are entering a new age of holiness.

Delio holds a doctorate in pharmacology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University in New York. She is the recipient of the Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion and has authored numerous articles and books including "Christ in Evolution," "Care for Creation" and "The Humility of God."

The presentation is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science & Religion, the College of Arts and Sciences, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the department of philosophy and religious studies. For more information, contact Charlene Burns at 715-836-2930.

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