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Science and religion scholar to deliver annual Wold lecture



Internationally known scholar Wesley Wildman, professor of philosophy, theology and ethics at Boston University’s School of Theology, will deliver the annual Wold Lecture on Religion and Conflict at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 in the Nott Memorial.

Wildman’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is titled, “I Just Don’t Understand Those People! Scientific Perspectives on Religious Conflict.”

Wildman is known for his research at the interface of science and religion, co-founding the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion. His current research focuses on the functional neuroimaging and the scientific study of religion.

Wildman began his career as a mathematician then turned to the academic study of religion, completing his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been at Boston University since 1993, where he is currently the director of the Science and Religion doctoral program. He is also an editor of the journal Religion, Brain & Behavior. 

Last year's Wold lecturer was Harvard scholar Diana Eck.