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2016 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Pat Bennett has a background in both medicine and theology, and is currently the program development worker for the Iona Community in Scotland. She was unanimously chosen for the 2014 Research Prize of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology for her doctoral research on Relationality and Health: A Transversal Neurotheological Account of the Pathways linking Connection, Immune Function, and Health Outcomes. She was co-organizer of the 2013 IRAS conference on “Spiritual and Moral Challenges of Solving the World Food Crisis.” She will also be our Chapel Speaker.
Warren Brown is director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute and Professor of Psychology at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has published extensively in scientific journals such as Neuropsychologia, Psychophysiology, Biological Psychiatry, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cortex, Nature Review Neuroscience and Science. His two newest co-authored books are Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities of Human Nature (2009), and The Physical Nature of Christian Life; Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church (2012).
Phillip Cary is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. He has published Good News for Anxious Christians: 10 Practical Things You DON’T Have to Do (2010), Inner Grace: Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul (2008), Outward Signs: The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine’s Thought (2008), and Augustine’s Invention of the Inner Self: The Legacy of a Christian Platonist (2000). He has also taught Teaching Company courses on Philosophy of Religion, Augustine, and Luther. He considers himself a “Postmodern MacIntyrean Orthodox Christian.”
Chris Corbally is a Jesuit astronomer for the Vatican Observatory Research Group, for which he has served as vice- director, and liaison to its headquarters at Castle Gandolfo, Italy. He is Adjunct Associate Astronomer at the Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, and ministers to a wide variety of Catholics, including Native Americans. He is a past president of IRAS, and co-organizer for their conference on “Life in the Universe.” He has published often in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and is co-founder of the Human Sentience Project.
Wentzel van Huyssteen
Wentzel van Huyssteen was the James J. McCord Professor of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary for 20 years. He was the author of a major initiative on Transdisciplinarity that was behind the Metanexus conference on “Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood” in Madrid in 2008. He also delivered the Gifford Lectures in Edinburgh in 2004 on Exploring Myth and Meaning in Prehistoric Cave Paintings. He is both the first South African and the first scholar from Princeton Seminary to receive this distinguished honor.
Jonathan Marks is Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has published extensively in physical anthropology and has served on editorial boards of several journals. He has written What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee (2002), and Why I am Not a Scientist (2009). Major themes of his work and publications include the importance of distinguishing good science from bad science and the application of biological models to human evolution. He is a member of AAAS, and has been a visiting research fellow at the Genomics Forum in Edinburgh, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.
Margaret Boone Rappaport
Margaret Boone Rappaport is the other co-founder of the Human Sentience Project. She is a cultural anthropologist who works as a futurist, lecturer, and science fiction novelist in Tucson. As president of Policy Research Methods, Inc. of Falls Church, VA, she was a contractor to federal and state agencies for over 20 years. She earned her doctorate at Ohio State in 1977, with a dissertation on the adjustment of Cuban refugee women and families. She is also a prize-winning short-story and poetry writer.
Louise Sundararajan has doctorates in the history of religions (Harvard) and in counseling psychology (Boston U.). She is Founder and Chair, Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, Society for Humanistic Psychology (Section 32, APA). Louise is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Human Ideas and is a recipient of the Abraham Maslow Award (2014). She just published Understanding Emotion in Chinese Culture(2015). She sees Eastern and Western cultures as mirror images in terms of rationality, relational thinking, and symmetry or harmony.
John A. Teske
John A. Teske is professor of psychology at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA where he teaches courses on emotion, personality, and the history of psychology. He has published research in several subfields of psychology, as well as a dozen articles in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and a recent book chapter on “The Emotional Psychology of Religious Diversity.” He is a past president and academic Fellow of IRAS, and co-organized their conference on “The Mythic Reality of the Autonomous Individual.”