Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science will hold its annual summer conference on Star Island off the coast of New Hampshire on the week of June 25 through July 2, 2023.

The theme is “The Wizards of Climate Change: How Can Technology Serve Hope and Justice?” The lectures will center on themes such as responsible development of technology and its regulation, the future of our climate and technologies, curating sources of hope in regard to technology and lastly how technology can be deployed to foster justice and equity. Organizers are inviting proposals for short papers on these themes and will be accepting them through Jan. 2, 2023.

Plenary speakers who have already been confirmed include: Lisa Graumlich, professor of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington and president, American Geophysical Union; Noreen Herzfeld, Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion, St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict; Janot Mendler de Suarez and Pablo Suarez, Advisers, World Bank and Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre; Bonnie Nadzam, writer and editor, co-author of the climate fiction work Love in the Anthropocene;  Willem B. Drees, professor emeritus of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Leiden, University and Philosophy of the Humanities, Tilburg University; Kenneth Oye, professor of Political Science, professor of Data Systems and Society, and director of the Program on Emerging Technologies, MIT; Leonard A. Smith, professor, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech and author of Chaos: A Very Short Introduction; and  Billy M. Williams, executive vice president, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, American Geophysical Union.

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