Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Fall 2017

Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer

Drs. Leonard Hummel and Lea Schweitz Monday Evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, September 11 through December 4, 2017 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 2017
EXPLORING THE BOOK OF URBAN NATURE
Chaired by Drs. Leonard Hummel and Lea Schweitz
Monday Evenings 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, September 11, 2016, through December 4, 2017
Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

In his now classic work, Chance and Necessity, Jacques Monod provided an explanatory framework not only for the biological evolution of species, but, as has become recently apparent, for the evolutionary development of cancers.  That is, contemporary oncological research has demonstrated that cancer is an evolutionary disease that develops according to the same dynamics of random occurrences and law-like regularities at work in all evolutionary phenomena.  And just as various challenges are raised for religious studies by the dynamics of chance and necessity within biological evolution, so this particular question is raised by contemporary cancer science: Where is love, divine, and human, within the evolutionary chance and necessity operative in all dimensions of cancer?

In this course, we will consider the phenomenon of cancer as case-study to explore enduring issues in science and religion including race, racism, sex, sexism, evolution, creationism, neo-Darwinism, epigenetics, free-will, determinism.  Through interdisciplinary pedagogy, the course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the problematics and promises for religious studies brought on by evolutionary theory not only for the case of cancer but all biological phenomena.

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 2017

DateTimeTopicSpeaker
September 4, 2017Does Not MeetLabor Day - No ClassNONE
September 11, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmIntroduction to Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of CancerLeonard Hummel, Pastoral Theology, Gettysburg Seminary and Zygon Center for Religion and Science
September 18, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmCancer as a Disease of EvolutionJennifer Gubbels, endocrinology-reproductive physiology, Augustana University
September 25, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmAcceptance and Hope Amid Cancer, Chance, and NecessityLeonard Hummel, Pastoral Theology, Gettysburg Seminary and Zygon Center for Religion and Science
October 2, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmLove in a World of Chance and NecessityLeonard Hummel, Pastoral Theology, Gettysburg Seminary and Zygon Center for Religion and Science
October 9, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmScreening of the Movie: The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksDirector: George C. Wolfe
October 16, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmNanotechnology and CancerKoshonna Brown, immunology, Northwestern University
October 23, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmThe Ragged Edges of Life: Where Theology, Medicine and Cancer MeetAnn Pederson, religion and medical science, University of South Dakota
October 30, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmDisparities in Cancer Research and TreatmentRaymond Wynn, radiation oncology, Loyola University
November 6, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmTaming Cancer Chance: Epidemiology and PreventionGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University
November 13, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmHoping for MoreDeanna Thompson, religion: African American Studies, Women studies and Social Justice, Hamline University
November 20, 2017Does not meetNo Lectures (Thanksgiving Recess at LSTC)NONE
November 27, 20176:00 - 9:00 pm500 Years Reformation Commemoration Lecture Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, Lutheran (Church of Sweden)
December 4, 20176:00 - 9:00 pmStudent Project Presentations and Panel DiscussionLeonard Hummel, Pastoral Theology, Gettysburg Seminary and Zygon Center for Religion and Science

 

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