Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science – Spring 2013

Situated Brain and Mind

Philip Hefner and Mladen Turk Monday Evenings 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, February 4 through May 6, 2013 Room 201, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
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Since 1965, an advanced seminar on religion in the context of the sciences has been offered for faculty, students, and professionals in the Chicago area. The seminar was founded by Ralph Wendell Burhoe under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) and Meadville/Lombard Theological School. In 1970, CASIRAS affiliated with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). In the 1970s, Philip Hefner, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), joined Burhoe in directing the seminar. In 1988, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS) was founded by LSTC and CASIRAS and began sponsoring the Advanced Seminar. From this tradition, 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.

Course Credit and Registration

The Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science is designed as a research seminar for faculty, students, and other professionals. 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. For more information about ZCRS, please visit, email, or call 773-256-0670.

Advanced Seminar Schedule - Spring 2013

February 4, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmSituated Brain and Mind: Introduction to the SeminarPhilip Hefner, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and ZCRS
February 11, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmA Short Primer on Situated CognitionPhilip Robbins, philosophy, University of Missouri - Columbia
February 18, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmSituated Nervous Systems and CognitionMalcolm MacIver, biomedical engineering, Northwestern University
February 25, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmReligious Studies and Situated Cognition: Which Way Forward?Mladen Turk, religious studies, Elmhurst College and ZCRS
March 4, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmRehabilitation of Character and Criminal PunishmentKatrina Sifferd, philosophy and neurolaw, Elmhurst College
March 11, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmCognitive Developmental Psychology--Fifty Years of ResearchJanellen Huttenlocher, cognitive and developmental psychology, University of Chicago
March 18, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmEmbodying EmotionPaula Niedenthal, psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
March 25, 2013No Lectures (Holy Week at LSTC)
April 1, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmEschatology and SpaceVítor Westhelle, theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
April 8, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmExtending the Mind: Incarnation and Imago DeiAnn Pederson, religious studies, Augustana College (Sioux Falls)
April 15, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmMinding Ethics: The New Form of Old Ideas in EthicsWilliam Schweiker, theological ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School
April 22, 2013No Lectures (Reading Week at LSTC)
April 29, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmEvolutionary Continuity: Brain, Mind, and Body in Pacific Gray WhalesAnne Benvenuti, visiting fellow, psychology and philosophy, ZCRS
May 6, 20136:30 - 9:30 pmSumming Up
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