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
|September 5, 2016||Does Not Meet||Labor Day - No Class||NONE|
|September 12, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||God the Creator and the City||Dr. Lea Schweitz, Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Zygon Center|
|September 19, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||The Book of Urban Nature||Dr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher|
|September 26, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Readers Symposium on Seminary Texts|
|October 3, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Wild City, Wild Mind||Dr. Gavin Van Horn, Ethics and Environmental Studies, Center for Humans and Nature|
|October 10, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||A Writers' Workshop||Dr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher
|October 17, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Moltmann, Eschatology, and Hope for the City||Dr. Jan Rippentrop, Theology and Ministerial Arts, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
|October 24, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Biodiversity 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, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Beasts at Bedtime: Why Fictional Characters Are Scared of Big Cities||Dr. Liam Heneghan, Environmental Science and Studies, DePaul University
|November 7, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Monday Night in the Tallgrass||Dr. Cindy Crosby, Urban Naturalist, Writer, Artist
|November 14, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||A Writers' Workshop||Dr. Carol LaChapelle, Nature Writer and Teacher
|November 21, 2016||Does not meet||No Lectures (Thanksgiving Recess at LSTC)||NONE|
|November 28, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Black Faces, White Spaces: Re-imagining the Relationship between African-Americans and the Great Outdoors||Dr. Carolyn Finney, University of Kentucky
|December 5, 2016||6:30 - 9:30 pm||Student Project Presentations and Panel Discussion||Dr. Lea Schweitz, Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Zygon Center