Trauma and the Environment: How Then Shall We Live?

Friday, March 12, 2021 - Sunday, March 14, 2021

Goshen College, Goshen Indiana, Via Zoom

The twenty first annual Goshen Conference on Science and Religion will take place Friday, March 12, 2021, through Sunday, March 14, 2021.  The speakers for the 2021 conference are Dr. Ann Pederson and Dr. Jennifer Gubbels of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota who will present the conference message together.  Due to the pandemic, the conference will be virtual via Zoom.  Registration is expected to begin in December.  Details are still being finalized, so please check back for updates.

The titles of the lectures are as follows:

Lecture #1: Seeing the Place of Science and Religion: Epigenetics and Extended Mind
Lecture #2: Inherited Trauma: Epigenetics and Preterm Birth
Lecture #3: Trauma and Resilience: Memory, Place, and Religion

Download the conference schedule (PDF).

Dr. Ann Pederson

Dr. Ann PedersenDr. Ann Milliken Pederson teaches Christian theology, with particular emphases in religion and medical sciences, feminist theologies, theology and the arts, and Lutheran constructive theology. She is also an adjunct professor in the Section for Ethics and humanities at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Pederson has written five books: Where in the World is God? Variations on a Theme (Chalice Press, 1998), God, Creation, and All That Jazz (Chalice Press, 2001), The Music of Creation, co-authored with the Rev. Dr. Canon Arthur Peacocke, (Fortress Press, 2006), The Geography of God's Incarnation: Landscapes and Narratives of Faith (Wipf and Stock, 2013), and Our Bodies Are Selves, co-authored with Philip Hefner and Susan Barreto (Wipf and Stock, 2015). She has also authored entries in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, and numerous articles in Zygon, Word and World, and other periodicals. She is also a Fellow in the International Society for Science and Religion.

Dr. Jennifer Gubbels

Biology Jennifer Gubbels headshot croppedDr. Jennifer A. A. Gubbels is an Associate Professor and Chair of Biology at Augustana University.  She teaches introductory biology, physiology, immunology, and has team-taught courses on medical ethics along with history and religion professors.  Her research is in reproductive physiology, where she has published 12 peer-reviewed publications   on ovarian cancer, and has recently begun studies to determine the molecular cause for preterm birth.  In addition, she has led a research project to determine the stressors experienced by American Indian pregnant women on reservations in SD. Gubbels has also published in journals outside of her main area of expertise, including the Journal for Microbiology and Biology Education as well as Zygon, a religion and science journal (along with Dr. Ann Pederson). She has been an invited guest lecturer to seminaries as a part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Science for Seminaries” grant.  Gubbels is a member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation.