Ursula Goodenough: Emergence, Evolution and Nature

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, WC 130

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October 13, 5-7pm, WC 130, Florida International University, UP Campus, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL.

Abstract: The concept of Emergence is providing an integrative and germinative framework for understanding how matters arise in Nature, generating as well the substrate for novel religious explorations. In this lecture, the concept will be explained and developed, starting at the molecular level and moving to the human and to planetary ecosystems.

Dr. Ursula Goodenough is currently professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her M.A. in zoology from Columbia University and in 1969 she completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University. Goodenough was the assistant and associate professor of biology at Harvard from 1971-1978 Before moving to Washington University. She wrote three editions of a widely adopted textbook, Genetics, and has served in numerous capacities in international biomedical arenas. Goodenough joined the institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) in 1989 arid served continuously on it’s Council and as its president for four years. She has presented papers and seminars on science and religion to numerous audiences, co-chaired three IRAS conferences on star island, and serves on the editorial board of Zygon:Journal of Religion and Science. Her best-selling book, The Sacred Depths of Nature, has resulted in her taking this concern to dozens of college campuses in this country, participating in television productions including PBS, as well as NPR radio broadcasting.

This event is co-sponsored by: The Department of Earth and the Environment, The Women’s Studies Department, The Department of Religious Studies, Theta Alpha Kappa, and the Program in the Study for Spirituality at FIU. It is also part of the Promoting the Public Understanding of Religion lecture series.

For more information, contact Whitney Bauman: wbauman@fiu.edu, 305-348-3348.