Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2012

Surveying the Interface of Humans and (Other) Animals

Philip Hefner and Paul Heltne Monday Evenings 6:30 PM — 9:30 PM, January 31 through April 30, 2012 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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“Surveying the Interface of Humans and (Other) Animals” – the title of the 2012 Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science plays on the differences we make between the human animal (the animal we are) and all others. This seminar will explore the distinctions and connections between humankind and animals from scientific, theological, and ethical perspectives. Participants will engage with expert speakers and survey current knowledge that is relevant to the interface of humans and other animals, in order to discern how this knowledge shapes and re-shapes our understandings of humans and other animals.

Offered by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), 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 LSTC T-672.  All participants, whether taking the seminar for credit or not, are asked to pre-register with the seminar chairs by contacting ZCRS at zcrs@lstc.edu or 773-256-0670.  For more information about ZCRS, please visit www.zygoncenter.org.  For more information about Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, visit www.zygonjournal.org.

Advanced Seminar Schedule - Spring 2012

DateTimeTopicSpeaker
January 30, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMWhat is the Interface of Humans and (Other) Animals?


Complexity and Care with Respect to Humans and Nature
Philip Hefner, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS

Paul Heltne, evolutionary biology, Chicago Academy of Sciences and ZCRS
February 6, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMThe personalities of Animals - Including HumansDan McAdams, psychology, Northwestern University
February 13, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMHumans, Chimpanzees, and CognitionPaul Heltne, evolutionary biology, Chicago Academy of Sciences and ZCRS
February 20, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMAnimal Machines: A Partial HIstory and Some Theological ProjectionsLea Schweitz, theology and science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
February 27, 2012No Lectures (Reading Week at LSTC)
March 5, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMPerspectives on Nature - as Experienced by Bipedal, Binocular, Megacephalic Members of the Food Chain (Me and You)Steve Sullivan, biology, Chicago Academy of Sciences
March 12, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMSpirituality UnleashedAnne Benvenuti, visiting fellow, psychology and philosophy, ZCRS
March 19, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMPerspectives on Large-Scale Animal StudiesGayle Woloschak, molecular biology, Northwestern University School of Medicine
March 26, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMWhat Is It about Butterflies, Anyway? Finding Complexity in the Smaller Side of NatureDoug Taron, biology, Chicago Academy of Sciences
April 2, 2012No Lectures (Holy Week at LSTC)
April 9, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMThe Moral Primate: On the Importance of Animals for EthicsWilliam Schweiker, theological ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School
April 16, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMWhy Did God Create Animals or Humans? Why Are We Here?...and Other Small QuestionsPhilip Hefner, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
April 23, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMCourse Reflections
April 30, 20126:30 - 9:30 PMGod, the Emergence of Human Freedom, and the Question of the AnimalCelia Deane-Drummond, theology, University of Notre Dame
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