After graduating from Luther College with majors in biology and philosophy, Lea F. Schweitz came to Chicago to study philosophy of religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. In 2007, Schweitz joined the Zygon Center as Associate Director and now serves as its fourth Director. She feels that it is a privilege and pleasure to join in the work of the Zygon Center’s founders and past directors and to be a part of this vibrant community of concerned citizens, pastors, students, and scholars.
She is also passionate about teaching. As Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology, she has taught courses for community members and students at the Master’s and Doctoral level. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
Schweitz completed her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2008. Her research revolves around the question of what it means to be human, a matter that she believes is uniquely illuminated by conversations between religion and science. Her dissertation, entitled “The Difference between the Mirror and One Who Sees: The Theological Anthropology of G.W. Leibniz,” focuses on Leibniz’s attempt to understand humanity as uniquely related to God and yet embedded in the natural order. It was supported by fellowship awards from the Martin Marty Center for Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago and the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.
Currently, she is working on several articles that continue to join an early modern historical perspective to contemporary problems of theology, philosophy, and science and religion. She contends that this historical perspective, like work in religion and science, both opens up ways to ask new and better questions and sheds light on how we see the present.
When she’s not reading early modern philosophy or planning ZCRS’s next exciting event, she can be found cheering for the Chicago Cubs and enjoying Chicago’s lively music scene with her husband, Kurt, who is a composer and jazz bassist, or walking in the park with her son, Isaac.