Program Events & Student Activities
2013 WOLD LECTURE ON RELIGION AND CONFLICT
Wesley Wildman, “I Just Don’t Understand Those People!” Scientific Perspectives on Religious Conflict
May 15th | 5:30 pm | Nott Memorial
Wesley Wildman is Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Boston University’s School of Theology. He is internationally known for his research at the interface of science and religion, including co-founding, with the Neurologist Patrick McNamara, the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, affiliated with Boston University. His research is informed by the biological sciences, cognitive sciences, social sciences, and religious studies. Among his current research projects is ‘functional neuroimaging and the scientific study of religion,’ which deals with the neuroscientific study of religious cognition. Prof. Wildman began his academic career as a pure mathematician then turned his attention to the academic study of religion, completing his PhD in the areas of Philosophy of Religion, and Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley. He has been at Boston University since 1993.
Prof. Wildman is the Director of the Science and Religion doctoral program in Boston University’s Graduate School. Among his many publications are Science and Religious Anthropology (2009), Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry (2011), Religious and Spiritual Experiences (2011), and he has co-edited Religion and Science: History, Method, Dialogue (1996) and the three-volume Science and the World’s Religions (2012). He is an editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior.
Spielberg's Lincoln and the Issue of American Exceptionalism
April 10th | 5:30 pm | Nott Memorial
Bob Jewett was a Wold Senior Fellow at Union in 2010 and is a distinguished scholar of religion, having taught at Garret Evangelical Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for over 20 years. He is now Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg. In addition to being an internationally recognized scholar in New Testament studies, he has also received recognition for work he has done on the intersection of popular culture, political rhetoric, and religious ideas. He argues that religious ideas have infiltrated how America views itself, and that such ideas often find expression in US foreign policy. The 'Captain America Complex' is one such idea, in which America understands itself to be saving the world from ‘evil forces’. This lecture explores another vein of American self-understanding.
Feb. 20th | 6:30 pm | Lippman 201
A documentary film about women, religion, and India that compares the enculturation of women into both Hindu fundamentalist camps and compares this to the process of involving women in beauty pageant camps in India.