Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2016

Exploring the Book of Urban Nature

Dr. Lea Schweitz Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12 through December 5, 2016 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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ADVANCED SEMINAR IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE – FALL 2016
EXPLORING THE BOOK OF URBAN NATURE
Chaired by Dr. Lea Schweitz
Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, September 12, 2016, through December 5, 2016
Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Urbanization is one of the inescapable forms of life in, through, and under which contemporary life takes place. Population models report dramatic growth in the numbers and percentages of urban dwellers in the last half-century. By 2050, it is predicted that two-thirds of the world’s population will be located in urban centers. The urban context is a permanent aspect of our social imaginaries and an inevitable feature of our planning for futures that nurture living cities. And, yet, both Christian thought and the philosophy of nature have a conflicted relationship with the city.

In this course, we will explore the book of urban nature through an interdisciplinary, action/reflection pedagogy. We will draw on urban nature writing, natural history, studies in urban ecology, theology, and the philosophy of nature to reveal the realities of urban nature, and we will cultivate experiences in urban nature through case studies, spiritual practices and nature writing.

This interdisciplinary course aims to give learners the resources to reclaim the urban context for thinking theologically about nature in order to expand our vision of nature, of God’s creative activity, and of ourselves as created co-creators.

Offered by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, the Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science is designed as a research seminar for faculty and graduate students.  Course credit is available via registration through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) or cross-registration through member schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS); the course number is T-672/CC-672.  For more information, please visit www.zygoncenter.org.

 

Advanced Seminar Schedule - Fall 2016

DateTimeTopicSpeaker
September 5, 2016Does Not MeetLabor Day - No ClassNONE
September 12, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmGod the Creator and the CityDr. Lea Schweitz, Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Zygon Center
September 19, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmThe Book of Urban NatureDr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher
September 26, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmReaders Symposium on Seminary Texts
October 3, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmWild City, Wild Mind Dr. Gavin Van Horn, Ethics and Environmental Studies, Center for Humans and Nature
October 10, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmA Writers' WorkshopDr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher
October 17, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmMoltmann, Eschatology, and Hope for the CityDr. Jan Rippentrop, Theology and Ministerial Arts, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
October 24, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmBiodiversity in the City: Understanding Nature in Cities for a Resilient Future Dr. Myla Aronson, Urban Ecology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
October 31, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmBeasts at Bedtime: Why Fictional Characters Are Scared of Big CitiesDr. Liam Heneghan, Environmental Science and Studies, DePaul University
November 7, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmMonday Night in the Tallgrass Dr. Cindy Crosby, Urban Naturalist, Writer, Artist
November 14, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmA Writers' Workshop Dr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher
November 21, 2016Does not meetNo Lectures (Thanksgiving Recess at LSTC)NONE
November 28, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmBlack Faces, White Spaces: Re-imagining the Relationship between African-Americans and the Great Outdoors Dr. Carolyn Finney, University of Kentucky
December 5, 20166:30 - 9:30 pmStudent Project Presentations and Panel DiscussionDr. Lea Schweitz, Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Zygon Center
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