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Saturday, June 2, 2007
Time Event Location
Noon - 5:00 PM Conference registration

Housing Registration

Rodin College House
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner 1920 Commons
7:30-9:30 PM Disciplining the Transdisciplinarity:
Revolution and Five Minds for the Future

Philip Clayton, Harvard University
Hall of Flags
9:30-10:30 PM Reception Bistro

Sunday, June 3, 2007
7:30-9:00 AM Breakfast 1920 Commons
8:30-9:30 AM Interfaith Readings and Reflections Hall of Flags
9:30-10:30 AM Welcoming Remarks and Introduction Hall of Flags
10:30-11:00 AM Coffee Break Bistro
11:00-1:00 PM
Why Good Things Happen to Good People

Stephanie Brown, University of Michigan
“Health Benefits of Helping Others”

Doug Oman, University of California, Berkeley
"Volunteering Fosters Physical Health and Longevity:
Theoretical and Empirical Support"

David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University
"The Ecology of Goodness"

Moderator: Stephen Post, Case Western Reserve University and Institute for Research on Unlimited Love
Hall of Flags
Evolution and Creation

Javier Leach, Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid
"Human Evolution from an Anthropic Universe"

Manuel Lozano, Spanish Council for Research (CSIC)
“From Quarks to Human Communities, Towards the Triune God: A Transdisciplinary Integral Approach of the Evolutionary Creation”

Gerd Weckworth, Society of Natural Science and Religious Belief
“Constuction Plan of a Universe Gifted to Evolve— Transdisciplinary Analyses of Dynamical Creation Models”

Moderator: Georg Ziselsberger, GeoChris Foundation, Inc.
Bodek Lounge
Transformation of Persons

Jean Kristeller, Indiana State University
“Quiet Mind, Meditative Mind and Emerging Wisdom: A Transtheoretical Model of the Wisdom Process”

P. D. Premasiri, University of Peradeniya
“An Examination of the Cognitive Status of Buddhist Teachings: A Discussion with Reference to Some Analyses in the Philosophy of Religion”

Sally Severino and Nancy Morrison, University of New Mexico
Health Care Systems
“Toward a World of Compassion: Learning to Live and Love Globally”

Moderator: Joan Koss-Chioino, George Washington University
Class of '49
1:00-2:30 PM Lunch Bistro
2:30-5:00 PM Interdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge: Islamic Perspectives

Mahmoud Ayoub, Temple University.
“Beyond the discourse on Science and Religion: The Islamic concept of Tawheed”

Louis Cantori, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland.
“Interdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge: Secular vs. Islamic & Liberal vs. Conservative Perspectives”

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, President, Minaret of Freedom Institute,
Washington DC.
“Influence of the Physical Science Paradigm on the Social Sciences: The Transition from Social Engineering to Rules-Based Simulation”

Moderator: Abubaker Al Shingieti, International Institute of Islamic Thought

This session is sponsored by the International Institute of Islamic Thought
Hall of Flags
5:00-6:00 PM Free Time 1920 Commons
7:30-9:30 PM Music, Spirituality, and the Human Brain
Petr Janata, University of California, Davis
Hall of Flags
9:30-10:30 PM Reception Bistro

monday, June 4, 2007
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast 1920 Commons
8:30-10:30 AM
Transdisciplinarity: Theory

Joseph Brenner, CIRET
“The Transdisciplinary Logic of Transdisciplinarity”

Basarab Nicolescu, CIRET
“Transdisciplinarity as Methodological Framework for Going Beyond the Science-Religion Debate”

John van Breda, Sustainability Institute
“Towards a Transdisciplinary Hermeneutics”

Moderator: Roberto Poli, Mitteleuropa Foundation
Hall of Flags
Religious Truths/Scientific Truths

Stefan Bauberger, Hochschule für Philosophie München
“Scientific Knowledge is Objective Knowledge – What is Religious Knowledge?”

Phillip Berryman, Independent Scholar
"The Unrestricted Desire to Know: The Cognitional Theory of Bernard Lonergan"

V. V. Raman, Rochester Institute of Technology
“On Exopotent and Endopotent Truths”

Moderator: Paul Nyce, Eastern Nazarene College
Bodek Lounge

Danielle Boutet, Goddard College
“Epistemic Companions: Art and the Sacred”

Gregory Cootsona, Bidwell Presbyterian Church
“The Telos of Beauty: A Common Quest for Theologians and Scientists”

Javier Martinez Contreras, Universidad de Deusto
“Beauty: A History of an 'Oblivion' in the Aesthetic”

Moderator: Kathleen Duffy, Chestnut Hill College
Class of '49
10:30-11:00 AM Coffee Break Bistro
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Evolution of Religion

Paul Bloom, Yale University
"Why Do Babies Believe in God?" 

Michael Murray, Franklin & Marshall University
“Scientific Explanations of Religion and the Justification of Religious Belief”

Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College

David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University
"The Dawn of Evolutionary Religious Studies"
Hall of Flags
Ecology and Religion

Mark Sagoff, University of Maryland
"On the Compatibility of a Conservation Ethic with Biological Science"

Bülent Senay, University of Uludag
“Ecotheology as Transdisciplinary Knowledge of Religion”

Budi Widianarko, Soegijapranata Catholic University
“Can Hydro-Spirituality Ensure Water Sustainability?”

Moderator: George Fisher, Johns Hopkins University
Bodek Lounge
Transdisciplinarity: Wholeness

Christopher Jargodzki, University of Central Missouri
“Cosmic Optimism: From the Principle of Maximum Diversity to Path Optimization”

Paul Morgan, West Chester University
“Transdisciplinarity, Worldview Change, and the Planetary Ecological Crisis”

Jonathan Reams, Norwegian University of Science and
Technology, and Bonitta Roy
“Wholeness Lost/Wholeness Regained: A Process Model View”

Moderator: Eric Weislogel, Metanexus Institute
Class of '49
1:00-1:15 PM Group Photograph Perelman Quadrangle
1:15-2:30 PM Lunch Houston Hall Marketplace
2:30-5:00 PM

Mircea Bertea, Babes-Bolyal University
“The Recovery of the Transdisciplinary Perspective in Post Modern Universities”

Gregory Derry, Loyola College Maryland
“A Transdisciplinary Approach to Science Education as the Foundation for a Contemporary Philosophy of Nature”

James Landry, Loyola Marymount University
“Science Education for All: Moving from a Specialization Approach to a Holistic Approach”

Moderator: Martin Rogers, Farmington Institute for Christian Studies, University of Oxford
Hall of Flags

Bogusława Lewandowska, Polish Academy of Sciences
“Influence of the Theory of Natural Dynamism on Philosophical Cognition of Matter and Its Consequences for Modern Sciences Paradigmatism”

Robrecht Vanderbeeken, Universiteit Gent
“Endorsing a Pluralism between Analytic and Continental Philosophy”

Eugen Zelenak, Catholic University Ružomberok
“A Problem for the Kantian-style Critique of the Traditional Metaphysics”

Martin Zwick, Portland State University
“Systems Metaphysics: A Bridge from Science to Religion”

Moderator: Sara Fletcher Harding, Florida Southern College
Bodek Lounge
Transdisciplinarity: Ideas

Thomas Mollenbeck, Theologisch Fakültat Paderhorn
Stephan Schaede, FESt – Forschungssätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft
“A Longstanding Tradition of Transdisciplinarity and the Usual Suspects”

Ana Carolina Beer Figueira Simas, State University of Vicosa
“Communication and Difference from a Transdisciplinary Perspective”

Magda Stavinschi, Ioan Chirila, Gelu Calina, Association for the Dialogue between Science and Religion In Romania
“Tolerance and Globalization in the Dialogue Between Science and Religion in Romania”

Nikolaus von Stillfried, University Hospital Freiburg
“What About Transdisciplinarity? Its Past, Its Present, Its Potential . . . And a Proposal”

Moderator: Hubert Meisinger, Center for Social Responsibility
Class of '49
5:00-6:00 PM Free Time  
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner 1920 Commons
6:30-7:30 PM Members Reception Class of ‘49
7:30-9:30 PM Prospects for Our Common Humanity:
Love of Neighbor in the Monotheistic Traditions

Mahmoud Ayoub, Temple University

Bruce Chilton, Bard College

Jacob Neusner, Bard College

Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania

Moderator: Stephen Post, Case Western Reserve University and Institute for Research on Unlimited Love

This session is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love
Irvine Auditorium
9:30-10:00 PM Book signing with Stephen Post author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People in the Café of Irvine Auditorium >  Irvine Auditorium
9:30-10:30 PM Reception Bistro

Tuesday, June 5, 2007
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast 1920 Commons
8:30-10:30 AM
Politics in Transdisciplinarity

Ronald Cole-Turner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
“Real-World Transdisciplinarity and Public Debate: Science and Religion in the Political Conflict over Human Embryos and Their Alternatives”

Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University
“Charting the Transdisciplinary Space Through Spinoza's God and Nagarjuna's Sunyata”

Marijan Sunjic, University of Zagreb
“Social Aspects of the Science-Religion Dialogue in Post Totalitarian Societies”

Moderator: Giovanni Russo, State University of Messina
Hall of Flags

David Larrabee, East Stroudsburg University
“A Reductionism Based Challenge to Strong Emergence”

Jairo Roldan, Universidad del Valle
“Complementarity, Knowledge and Reality”

Moderator: Eamonn Conway, University of Limerick
Bodek Lounge

Naturalism and Its Critics

Robert Anthony Delfino, St. John’s University
“Replacing Methodological Naturalism”

Thomas Fowler, Xavier Zubiri Foundation of North America
“Reductionism, Naturalism and Nominalism: The 'Unholy Trinity' and Its Implication for the Science/Religion Dialogue”

Georg Gasser, Universität Innsbruck
“The Evidentialist Objection to a Religious Worldview and its Naturalistic Implications”

Moderator: Fr. Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

Class of '49
10:30-11:00 AM Coffee Break Bistro
11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Ron Choong, Academy for Christian Thought
“Free Nil -- Reflections on Freedom, Neurobiology and Sin”

Markus Locker, Ateneo de Manila University
“Freedom & the 'Meaning' of Nature: Systems Theory and the Convergence of Scientific and Religious Knowing”

James Salmon, Loyola College in Maryland
“Secular and Biblical Freedom in an Evolutionary Context”

Moderator: Margaret Yee, St. Cross College, Oxford
Bodek Lounge
Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism:
Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Considerations
Hava Tirosh Samuelson, Arizona State University

Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College
William Grassie, Metanexus Institute
Class of '49
1:00 PM-1:30 PM Lunch Houston Hall Marketplace
1:30 PM-2:30 PM Why the Universe:
Towards a Taxonomy of Possible Explanations

Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host of Closer to Truth
Hall of Flags
2:30-5:00 PM

Nicola Hoggard Creegan, Bible College of New Zealand
Maureen Miner, University of Western Sydney
“Applying Relational and Contextual Reasoning (RCR) to Understand Human-Divine Relationships: Psychological, Biological & Theological Perspectives”

Kathryn Johnson, Adam Cohen, Miriam Cohen, and Barry Leshowitz, Arizona State University
“Ways of Knowing: The Scientific Study of Religiosity as Relationality”

Vassilis Saroglou, Université catholique de Louvain
 “Quest for Unity: Religious Specifics of a Universal Psychological Function”

Mark Wood, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Transdisciplinarity and the Development of a Comprehensive Model of Personhood, Health and Wellness”

Moderator: Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Bodek Lounge
Young Scholars of Distinction

Chris Durante, Georgia State University
“The Structure of Selves: An Exploration into the Nature of Selfhood and the Ascetic Experience”

Josh Reeves, Boston University
“The Science and Religion Dialogue as Natural Philosophy”

Kenneth Reynhout, Princeton Theological Seminary
“The Hermeneutics of Transdisciplinarity”

Matthias Stefan, University of Innsbruck
“Empirical Theories and Weltanschauungen: Methodological Distinctions and Their Relevance for a Successful Dialogue Between Science & Religion”

Moderator: Farzad Mahootian, Shepherd University
Class of '49
6:00-7:00 PM Reception Bistro
7:00-10:30 PM Closing Banquet, William Grassie Tribute, and LSI Awards Ceremony. William Grassie, keynote

Hall of Flags

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast 1920 Commons
6:00-7:30 PM Housing Checkout Rodin College House

Thank you to all participants! We hope to see you again next year!