• An enjoyable evening

    • We hope that the Roundtable will become one of those unique "spaces" at Yale where the art of hospitality can revive, encourage, and sustain the simple pleasures that have always made the great universities a refuge of civility and human connection.
       
  • Encourage inclusive and critical thinking

    • We hope that the Roundtable will always be a place where the "balkanization" of the scholarly endeavor can be overcome.  The Templeton Religious Trust is deeply committed to encouraging the extremely fruitful interaction of scholars with the most widely varying worldviews to engage on topics at the intersection of the Sciences (social and natural) with religion and philosophy.
       
  • Edifying interaction

    • We hope that the Roundtable will be a place where interaction across the boundaries of discipline and field will actually spark innovative new approaches to the widest possible of questions and quandaries.  (Recent research suggests that such interaction is, in fact, vital to innovation!)
       
  • Initiating and Extending the conversation

    • We hope that conversations begun at Faculty Roundtable dinners will continue in classrooms, seminars, coffee shops, and in every corner of New Haven and beyond.
       
  • Enriching our teaching and mentoring

    • We hope that edifying interactions and extended conversations will make us better thinkers, teachers and mentors.  And that Yale will flourish as an institution that builds lives and serves students and society.