The Enhancing Life Project On the Road

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February 2017

2/8: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) will present a talk entitled "Nietzche in the Debate on Recognition", at the Berliner Nietzche Colloquium at Technische University, Berlin. 

2/9 - 2/10: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) and Pamela Anderson (University of Oxford) will give a lecture titled "It rips you to bits: Woundedness and compassion in carer narratives" at a conference on "Vulnerability and the Politics of Care" at the British Academy Conference; Danely is co-organizer.

2/9-10: Monique Mitchell (University of South Carolina, College of Social Work) will give a presentation "Research and Recommendations for Building a Relational Home for Children and Youth Entering and Exiting Foster Care" at the Palmetto Association for Children and Families Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

2/13: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) will speak to International Baccalaureate students on theories of knowledge in theology of the sciences. 

2/16 - 2/18Michael Luchs (College of William and Mary) will present at the 2017 Society of Consumer Psychology conference in San Francisco, CA.

 

March 2017

3/16-18: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) will participate in the Enhancing Life Workshop on Vulnerability at Oxford University, with Enhancing Life scholars Pamela Sue Anderson, Kristine Culp, Andrea Bieler, and Heike Springhart. 

3/27-30: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) will give a talk called Imagining a dangerous compassion: How cultural narratives enhance ageing societies for the European Network of Ageing Studies and North American Network of Aging Studies Joint Conference and 9th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology in Graz, Austria. 

3/29: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) will present her doctoral thesis, in a talk entitled "Den anderen nicht in seiner Heimlichkeit ertappen”, to the “Philosophische Abendgespräche”.

3/29-31: Monique Mitchell (University of South Carolina, College of Social Work) will be a plenary speaker at the Child Welfare League of America's National Conference in Washington, DC.  

3/30: Lea Schweitz (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) will speak at the event "Nature and the Reformation Legacy" at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. 

Menahem Blondheim (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) will organize a conference on religion and peace in Africa. The conference, focusing on Islam, Christianity and indigenous religions, will be held in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will take place in Jerusalem.

 

April 2017

4/6-8: Monique Mitchell (University of South Carolina, College of Social Work) will give a talk "Grieving Children in Foster Care – Why Care?" at the Association for Death Education and Counseling Conference in Portland, OR.

4/27-28: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) will organize a workshop "On Machine-Culture: Facing the Relationship Between Technoligy and Human Beings in Nietsche" at the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzche of the Klassik Foundation Weimar. 

Cbristopher Scott (Baylor College of Medicine) will give an online lecture entitled No Country for Old Men as part of Baylor's DIVAU series

 

May 2017

5/25: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) will take part in a panel discussion on "Imaging Human Beings", discussing digitalization and vulnerability from a recognition-based perspective, at the Berliner Dom. 

Ruben Zimmermann (Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz) will be organizing the 12th "Mainz Moral Meeting" on the subject of "Future and Ethics" at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz. 

 

June 2017

6/1-2: Paul Dafydd Jones (University of Virginia) will give a lecture on "Patience as a Divine Attribute" at an international conference on the divine attributes at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.  

 

 

Past Events

January 2017 

1/9: Christoph Krönke (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich) presented his work on data paternalism at the University of Passau.

1/8-11: Amit Pinchevski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) gave a presentation titled “Traumatic Memory Reloaded: War Imagining and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy” at the News Images and Icons in the Digital Age: Photojournalism in Transition conference at Tel Aviv University. 

1/9-11: Menahem Blondheim (Hebrew University) delivered the greeting at the Truman Institute's conference on "Politics, Religion, and the Pursuit of Peace: Brazil, Israel, Palestine".

1/17: Menahem Blondheim (Hebrew University) delivered the introductory remarks at the Truman Institute's conference "Can Religion Be a Path to Peace? Towards Charting The Terrain".

1/18: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a talk called Enduring Longevity: Carers' struggles with uncertain futures at a workshop sponsored by the Centre for Medical Humanities at Oxford Brookes University. 

1/21: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) spoke on the topic of Reconciliation at a national Service for Christian Unity, bringing together the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, and Taiwan’s Catholic Church, Methodist Church, Episcopal Church, and Lutheran Church, hosted at the Taiwan Episcopal Church's St. John's Cathedral. 

1/25: Heike Springhart (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg) presented Anthropologie in evangelischer Perspektive. Zum Umgang mit Sünde, Schuld und Vergebung (Anthropology in a Protestant Perspective. On Sin, Guilt and Forgiveness) at University Jena. 

1/28: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a talk called Enduring Longevity: Carers' struggles with uncertain futures at the UK-Japan Seminar on the Politics and Practices of Low-Fertility and Ageing Population in Post-War Japan, a workshop funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 

 

December 2016

12/1: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) gave a talk on the organizational challenges of religious migrant communities at the “Kybernetisches Kolloquium” of the Führungsakademie für Kirche und Diakonie in Fulda.

12/2: Daniel Sulmasy (Georgetown University) was a panelist on the topic of "Do Health, Religion, and Spirituality Need One Another?" at the Harvard Symposium on Advancing Health, Religion, and Sprituality at Harvard University's School of Medicine and Public Health in Boston. 

12/19: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) organized a public lecture by ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) Native American Bishop Guy Erwin at LSTC entitled "Honoring the Land, Serving the Neighbor: Reformation Perspectives on Standing Rock." 

12/28: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) held a special event for the “Day of the Innocents”.  This year’s focus was on the global refugee crises, and was planned in collaboration with Amnesty International Taiwan, who gave presentations and discussed active ways to help. This was an interfaith event, with representatives from the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Taoist communities, as well as two political representatives. Members of the press also attended. Event poster attached.

Andrea Bieler (University of Basel) delivered the farewell lecture at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel on Inclusion in Practical Theological Terms, and led the farewell worship service at the Unterbarmer Hauptkirche.

 

November 2016

11/1:  Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) presented a lecture followed by Q&A on the topic of “Perspectives on Human Life and Value in the Biblical Creation Myths” at the Nation Taiwan University, School of Law, European Union Law Research Centre.

11/4: Menahem Blondheim (Hebrew University) hosted a plenary session called “Media Abstention as a New Literacy: The Case of Teenagers and the Cellphone” for UNESCO's Global MIL (Media and Information Literacy) Week in Sau Paulo.

11/6: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) held a “Ministry Fair” at his church to encourage people to get involved in active outreach in society. Particular areas of focus related to his ELP were work with (1) local sex-workers and women in need; (2) local at-risk youth; (3) prison ministry; (4) migrant workers.

11/7 - 11/9: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) will present at a workshop on “How does work with refugees change the church” organized by the Protestant Academy of Loccum, Germany.

11/11: Heike Springhart (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg) will present the paper Vulnerability as an anthropological concept, at Ruhr-University Bochuman's Conference "Pax cum Deo – Pax cum Ecclesia: 
Penitence and Punishment between Personal Insight and Objectivity" 

11/9 - 11/12: Pamela Anderson (University of Oxford) has been invited to give a paper at the University of Oxford at an International Consultation on "Love in Religion: The Cutting-Ede Issues."

11/10: Nazar Shabila (Hawler Medical University) gave a lecture in a capacity-building course on women's health and violence against women for the faculty and staff of Hawler Medical University. 

11/10-11: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) gave a talk on "Migration, Refuge, and Religious Pluralization" at a workshop on refugee support as a challenge for the church at the Protestant Academy of Loccum, and gave a talk entitled "Deceptive Silence: The Governance of Religious Diversity Through 'Rooms of Quiet' at an international workshop on religion and materiality at the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion in Marburg.

11/12 - Heike Springhart will present Christlich-ethische Aspekte der Sterbebegleitung (Ethical dimensions of terminal care) at the 3rd Heidelberg Symposium on Palliative Care, hosted by University Hospital Heidelberg.

11/13: Daniel Sulmasy (Georgetown University) was a panelist on the topic of "Physician Aid in Dying Educational Session" at the American Medical Association's Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in Orlando. 

11/14-16: Aasim Padela (University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine) presented at the Conference on Bioethical Challenges in Neurogenomics from an Interreligious and Multicultural Perspective at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. 

11/15: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) presented a session at the Nation Taiwan University, School of Law, European Union Law Research Centre. Preliminary topic is "Christian Traditions and the Development of Universal Human Rights."

11/16-19: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) used ELP funds to travel to Standing Rock, North Dakota from November 16-19. 

11/17: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave the lecture "Care and the desire for death: sharing, mourning, and aging in Japan," part of the panel “Living in the Wake of Death: New Socialities of Ageing” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN

11/19 - 11/22: Michael S. Hogue (Meadville Lombard Theological School) hosted the annual American Journal of Theology and Philosophy lecture at the 2016 American Academy of Religion conference. Carol Wayne White will be giving the lecture on her recent book, Black Lives and Sacred Humanity.

11/19-22: Ruben Zimmerman (Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz) delivered two papers at the meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio. 

11/21: Paul Jones (University of Virginia) gave a talk at the American Academy of Religion, in San Antonio, entitled “Karl Barth and Sexuality: A (somewhat) Indecent Proposal” for the Wildcard Session, “Re-Engaging Karl Barth on Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Is There More to be Said?” (A21-339)

11/21 - 11/23: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology) gave two papers at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Antonio, TX.

11/28-30: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) lectured on "Ongoing Reformation" for 95 pastors and spouses November 28-30, 2016, at Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center in Arizona (ELCA Grand Canyon Synod).

11/29: Paul Jones gave a presentation on "Justice in the Christian Tradition" at Grace Episcopal Church in Red Hill, Virginia. 

11/29 - 12/1: Ruth Farrell (Cleveland Clinic) gave an oral presentation at 4th annual Advances in Prenatal Molecular Diagnostics meeting in Boston, MA (http://www.healthtech.com/prenatal-diagnostics). This presentation will discuss the challenges faced by patients and providers in the clinical setting when discussing prenatal genetic testing. She will present findings about the role of patients’ values and beliefs (including religious and spiritual beliefs and practices) in the decision-making process and the challenges surrounding discussions on these topics. 

Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University) delivered a paper on the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's annual conference in Atlanta.

Andrea Bieler (University of Basel) gave a lecture on Disrupting the Logics of Violence at the Religious Imaginings conference at the Evangelische Akadiemie in Villigst.

 

October 2016

10/1-7: Kristine Culp (University of Chicago) attended the meeting of the World Council of Churches' Faith and Order workgroup on Theological and Ecclesiological Foundation for ‘Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace’, in connection with WCC/IFI consultation on “Globalization and Catholicity,” in the Philippines.  

10/4-6: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) gave the keynote address, "Interreligious Initiatives and the Governance of Religious Diversity" at the Herrenhausen Conference on Challenges of Religious Pluralization at Herrenhausen Palance in Hanover

10/6-9: Ruth Farrell (Cleveland Clinic) gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Washington, DC.  This presentation will address women’s decision-making for NIPT and will present data collected as part of The Enhancing Life Project

10/6-9: Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford) gave a panel discussion titled “A Distinctively Ricoeurian Vulnerability: The Dynamic Openness of Good Friends,” at the International Ricoeur conference, “Crossing Boundaries: Ricoeur in a Global Age,” 10th Annual Society for Ricoeur Studies Meeting, De Paul University, Chicago.

10/7 -9: Guenter Thomas (Ruhr University Bochum), William Schweiker (University of Chicago) and Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) attended the international interdisciplinary symposium on Religious Reformations and their Influence on a Society’s Culture, held at the Evangelische Akademie Loccum, Germany. Thomas will give two papers, entitled “Reformation as a multi-systemic event” and “Opposing Trends: Religious De-Medialization versus Technological Medialization.”  Schweiker will give a paper titled “Freedom’s Happiness: the Grammar of Intractable Moral Debate.”  Lakkis will present a paper on “Westphalia, Sovereignty, and Economies of Exclusion.”  Thomas is co-organizer of the event.

10/7-9: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) will present a paper on “Westphalia, Sovereignty, and Economies of Exclusion” at the international interdisciplinary symposium on "The Cultural and Social Implications of Reformations," held at the Evangelische Akademie Loccum, Germany. 

10/10: Martin Wendte (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) presented his research during a public talk in the “Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Derendingen, Tübingen”. 

10/12: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) participated in a Special Forum on the Dynamics of Japan’s Ageing Prison Population at Oxford Brookes University's Europe Japan Research Centre.

10/14: Daniel Sulmasy (Georgetown University) organized a conference at the University of Chicago entitled “What is the Place of Sedation in the Care at the End of Life?” and the schedule of speakers and titles can be found on the conference webpage: http://pmr.uchicago.edu/events/dying-a-christian-death/Conf1

10/15: Lea Schweitz (Lutheran School of Theology  Chicago) gave the keynote presentation on “Seeing the Infinite in the Finite and Reforming Our Visions of Nature” at the 2016 National Lilly Fellows Conference, Augsburg College, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

10/15-16: Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) presented at a workshop on “Refuge, Religion and Integration” organized by the Catholic Academy in Goslar, Germany.  

10/20: Aasim Padela (University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine) delivered a talk entitled “The Preservation of Life: The Essential Dimensions of Human Health in Light of the Maqāsid  al-Sharīʿah” at the 2nd World Conference on Integration and Islamicisation at the International Islamic University in Malaysia. 

10/21: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology Chicago) was principal organizer for an event at LSTC at which Rick Steves will be premiering his new Public Broadcasting System film on "Luther and the Reformation." 

10/26: William Schweiker (The University of Chicago) gave a lecture titled “Trans-Humanism and Religious Imagination: Reconstruction of Human Ontology,” at Hanshin University in Seoul, Korea.

10/27-29: William Schweiker (The University of Chicago) presented a paper on “Humanizing Capital: Thoughts on a Sustainable and Humane Future,” for The 4th World Humanities Forum, in Suwon City, Korea.

10/27-30:  Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University) gave a paper on the United Nation Alliance of Civilizations at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Atlanta, GA.

Ruth Farrell (Cleveland Clinic) delivered a presentation at the American Society for Bioethics Humanities' annual meeting in Boston. 

 

 

September 2016

9/1 - 9/9: Kristine Culp (University of Chicago) led a conference/exchange between the Theologisches Studienhaus at Morata-Haus at the University of Heidelberg and the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago on the theme “Reformation and Improvisation – Then and Now.”

9/4 - 9/6: Amit Pinchevski (Hebrew University) participated in a three-day symposium of the German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, in Potsdam, Germany. https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/gisfoh-2016-design.html 

9/11 - 9/15: Menahem Blondheim (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) organized and moderated two sessions on religion and peace at a conference on “Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Realities,” sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

9/12: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) gave a talk entitled "Healing the Dying,” at a Seminar on Care at the End of Life, Institute on Religion and Public Life, New York, NY.

9/15 - 9/17: Pamela Anderson (University of Oxford) gave a paper titled "Love and Vulnerability: Towards a New Philosophical Imaginary" at the Anthropos conference at Leuven University in Belgium.

9/16 - 9/17: Kristine Culp (University of Chicago) gave a presentation on “Integrity” for an Alumni/ae Retreat, at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago, one of three faculty presentations.

9/17: Martin Wendte (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen) presented some research results by giving a lecture during  a conference entitled “Unmündigkeit als Herausforderung für eine Gerechtigkeitsethik” ("Immaturity as a challenge for an ethic of Justice") in Hanover, Germany.

9/21: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) spoke on “Physician Assisted Suicide: Ethical Considerations,” at the UCLA Ethics Center Monthly Seminar, Los Angeles, CA.

9/21: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) gave a lecture titled “Why You Shouldn’t Want Physician-Assisted Suicide,” at the Annual Litvack Public Lecture on Ethics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

9/22 - 9/25: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) presented a paper titled “European, Supra-european, Human? Crossing Boarders in Nietzsche’s Understanding of Humanity,” at the Annual Conference of the German and British Nietzsche Societies, “European–Supra-European: Nietzsche’s View From Afar,” in Naumburg, Germany.

9/23 - 9/24: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology Chicago) lectured for 55 pastors and preachers at an Episcopal Preaching Foundation Event in Oregon, on the Gospel of Matthew and Eschatology:

http://www.diocese-oregon.org/event/equipping-the-preachers/

9/27: Aasim Padela (University of Chicago) delivered a lecture at the International Institute of Islamic Thought entitled “Constructing the Field of Islamic Bioethics: Why Islamic Bioethics Should Matter to Islamic Studies.” He discussed his preliminary research findings related to the essential dimensions of human health and well-being as gleaned from the Islamic legal genre of Maqāsid  al-Sharīʿah  (the higher objectives of Islamic law) during that session. The public lecture drew about 30 participants from local physicians, to researchers of Islamic studies, and Muslim community advocates. 

9/29 - 9/30: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) gave a lecture titled "Sparing Someone Shame: Nietzsche's Mid-Position in the Debate on Recognition" at the Conference on Practical Philosophy, in Salzburg, Austria.

 

July 2016

 7/4 – 7/11: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a talk at Tokyo University/Kadokawa on the topic of “animating life.”

 

June 2016 

Ruth Farrell (Cleveland Clinic) delivered a presentation on her research at the Hastings Center in New York. 

 

May 2016

5/24 – 5/31: Michael Ing (Indiana University) gave a talk at the 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, titled “Rethinking the Place of Value: Conflicts in Early Confucian Thought.” 

5/31: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a keynote lecture at the University of Manchester titled “Narratives of Decline: The Changing Patterns of Death and Aging in Contemporary Japanese Religions.”

 

April 2016

4/20: Lea Schweitz (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) gave a talk at Spring Academy Week, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, titled "God the Creator and the City: A Theology of Urban Nature."

 

March 2016 

3/1 - 5/31: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) continued her project, “Government of the Self: Towards an Anthropological Rethinking of Humanity,” as Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University.

3/4 – 3/6: Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford) presented a paper at a workshop on “Vulnerability” in Wuppertal, Germany, in collaboration with Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel).

3/11 – 3/13: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) presented at a conference on “Traditional Norms and International Corporate Responsibility/Integrity in South East Asian Contexts” in Heidelberg, Germany.

3/22: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a talk at the Centre for Medical Humanities, Oxford Brookes University, titled “Narrating the Expanse: Spiritual Experiences of Caring for Older Adults in Japan and the UK.”

 

February 2016

2/5 – 2/6: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) spoke at the spirituality retreat for Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Chicago, on the topic of "Abundant Life, Enhancing Life.” 

2/10: Sarah Bianchi (Humboldt University) gave a talk at Stanford University entitled “Exemplary Ethics: A Kantian Perspective on Enhancing Human Embryos.”

2/11: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) gave a talk at the University of London Medical Anthropology Seminar titled "Wounded Worlds: Violence and the Making of Compassionate Subjectivities in Japanese Eldercare" 

2/26: Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University) presented a paper at the British Sociological Association, University of Manchester, England, on aging in Japan.

 

January 2016

1/9: William Schweiker (University of Chicago) gave the Presidential Lecture, titled “Humanity and the Global Future,” at the Society of Christian Ethics in Toronto, Canada.

1/14 – 1/17: Lea Schweitz (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) gave a talk at the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture at the University of Florida, titled “Cultivating the City: Considering Public Urban Spaces for a Theology of Urban Nature.”

1/21 – 1/22: Pamela Sue Anderson (University of Oxford) presented a paper at a workshop on “Vulnerability and Politics of Care” at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, in collaboration with Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University). 

1/21 – 1/25: Stephen Lakkis (Tainan Theological College and Seminary) attended the conference of the Global Network of Research Centers for Theology, Religious and Christian studies in Zurich, where he spoke on “Religion and Civil Society in Taiwan.”

 

December 2015

12/1: Kristine A. Culp (University of Chicago) participated in a panel discussion for the Theology and Religious Ethics Workshop at the University of Chicago on the Enhancing Life Project, with William Schweiker (University of Chicago), Günther Thomas (Ruhr-University Bochum), Heike Springhart (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg), and Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago).

12/16 – 12/17: Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University) participated in a workshop at University of Oslo, Norway on “Faith at the United Nations.”

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) co-led an international conference on the topic of “Religion and Aging in Global Perspective,” featuring scholars from Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Switzerland, and Germany. The conference gathered scholars from the fields of gerontology, psychology, political science, sociology and theology who were reflecting on the topic.

 

November 2015

11/3 – 11/6: Christopher Scott (Stanford University) was the opening keynote speaker at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

11/10: Heike Springhart (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg) gave a public lecture at the University of Hamburg, Germany, on vulnerability as a conceptual frame for a realistic anthropology.

11/12: Heike Springhart (Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg) gave a public lecture at Geistliches Zentrum Klosterkirche Lobenfeld, titled “What do we Hope For?” 

11/11 – 11/13: Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University) participated in a research workshop at Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt, Germany on “Justice and Faith in Global Politics.”

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) gave a presentation in Wuppertal, Germany on the transformation of violence as the focal perspective for a theology of the Eucharist.

Elizabeth Bucar (Northeastern University) delivered the Castelfranco Lecture at the invitation of the faculty of Religious Studies at University of California Davis, titled “Why Do Bodies Matter?”

Karline McLain (Bucknell University) presented a conference paper at the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, titled “Gandhi’s Ashrams: Residential Experiments in Spiritual and Political Asceticism.“

 

October 2015 

10/9 – 10/11: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) participated in the Northeast Minnesota Synod ECLA creature-care conference in Duluth. 

10/14: Christopher Scott (Stanford University) gave a lecture at Baylor University on his project, “The Vortex of Expectations.”

10/16: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) was a moderator and panelist on “Gray Matters: Perspectives on the Bioethics Commission’s Recommendations” at the International Neuroethics Society in Chicago.

10/17: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) spoke on “Patient as Problem/ Patient as Mystery: The Problem of ‘Personalized’ Medicine” at MedConference 2015, American Association of Medicine and the Person, Florham Park, New Jersey.

10/24: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) spoke on “Dignity in Christian Thought,” Dignity and Healthcare at the End of Life, Bayan Institute, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.

10/26: Günter Thomas (Ruhr-University Bochum) gave a lecture at China Normal University in Beijing, China

10/27: Günter Thomas (Ruhr-University Bochum) gave a lecture at Renmin University in Beijing, China.

10/27 – 11/1: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) participated in a Lutheran World Federation conference in Windhoek, Namibia on "Global Perspectives on the Reformation, Interactions between Theology, Politics and Economics."

10/29: Daniel Sulmasy (University of Chicago) gave the Scholl Lecture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, titled "Spirituality and Health Care.”

10/30: Günter Thomas (Ruhr-University Bochum) gave a lecture at Alliance Theological Seminary in Hong Kong.

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) gave two presentations at the conference “Archeology of Violence” at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) gave a presentation in Villigst, Germany on the limits and the potential of empathy at a symposium on dimensions of care.

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) gave the opening lecture for the academic year at the Methodist Seminary in Reutlingen, Germany. 

Andrea Bieler (Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel) gave a paper at the University of Basel, Switzerland, on illness narrative research as a topic of practical theological research.

 

Fall 2015

Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) attended a conference on religious communities and social services at the University of Münster, Germany, where he gave a talk on the civic potentials of religious migrant communities.

Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) contributed a session to an advanced training in interreligious and intercultural dialogue, hosted by the United Evangelical Mission in Wuppertal, Germany.

Ruben Zimmermann (Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz) gave a paper on “etho-poietic” (From Plutarch to Foucault) on a workshop “Po/ethics” at Mainz, Germany.