Upcoming events in religion and science
HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic: Dialogue on the relationship between scientific and religious perspectives on human evolution
May 31, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Hall of Human Origins
This informal discussion on the science and religion interface will be held at the Smithsonian Museum. The event is free and no advance reservation or ticket is required. For more information, see: http://humanorigins.si.edu/
“Situated Brain and Mind”: Advanced Seminar in Science and Religion
Through May 2013, Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
This seminar explores the interaction between our brains and minds and how this interaction is critical for understanding ourselves. The seminar's agenda is to gain a basic acquaintance with each of these elements and to reflect on their significance for Christian faith and theology. The Advanced Seminar takes its shape as a multidisciplinary network of persons seeking to understand how the sciences and the religions engage each other and to interpret the fundamental issues that are posed in this engagement. The goal is to gain insight into the import of the sciences for the critical function of religion in its role as a cultural vehicle of ultimate values and concerns.
For more information, go to www.zygoncenter.org
The Cosmos & Creation Conference
June 14 – 15
Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore
The Cosmos and Creation Conference, now 31 years old, will feature Martin Nowak as keynote speaker. Nowak is professor of biology and mathematics and director the program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University and brings expertise on God, evolution, and natural cooperation. A luncheon talk on public health issues will also be given, featuring William Wright of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at John Hopkins School of Public Health.
More information can be found on the web at http://loyola.edu/joinus/cosmosandcreation.
The Big History Summer Institute
June 17 – 21
Dominican University of California in San Rafael
The Big History Summer Institute at Dominican University of California is a five-day seminar for college and university faculty interested in learning and teaching Big History. The informative and hands-on sessions provide instruction in the content of Big History while focusing on the sharing of pedagogical strategies for conveying that content to students in an interactive and engaging manner. The Institute draws on the expertise of noted faculty: Dominican’s resident Big Historian, Cynthia Brown, author of Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present and winner of the American Book Award; Mojgan Behmand, program director and leader in the development of a signature First Year Experience program, Dominican faculty with notable experience in Big History pedagogy, currently involved in writing Teaching Big History on best practices; and experts in related fields, such as cosmology, religion, art, and philosophy.
Applicants need not have prior experience teaching Big History, only interest in teaching Big History as a survey course, or developing a new course or program around Big History. The seminar costs $1,500 per person. For more information, contact organizers at email@example.com.
IRAS Conference: Scientific, Spiritual, and Moral Challenges in Solving the World Food Crisis
July 27 through August 3
Silver Bay, New York
In addition to being necessary to our survival, food is a vital part of feasting, fasting and sharing, all major components of history, cultural identity, and religious traditions. Yet today, nearly half of the world’s people cannot enjoy the fullness of their potential due to problems with food affordability, safety, and access. The Institute for Religion in an Age of Science will explore these themes and problems at their 59th annual conference in Silver Bay, New York.
For more information on this upcoming conference, visit the group’s website at www.iras.org.
Covalence, May 2013