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 Center for Advanced Studies in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be hosting a free Zoom event on Friday, February 19 at 4 p.m. CST.

Neuroscientist Michael Spezio will present, “Humility as Inclusive Empathy: Theory of Mind and Imaginaries of the True Self.” He will discuss empathy and theories about what it is and how research he has conducted approaches with unique Los Angeles area non-profits approaches these theories.

This is the third in a series of Zoom lectures co-hosted by LSTC and CASIRAS. The recording of the most recent one featuring Antje Jackelen can be found here.

“CASIRAS is using these webinars to engage futher in the advanced science-religion dialogue that is at our core,” said CASIRAS President Gayle Woloschak. “We look forward to Dr. Spezio’s presentation as he has been a provocative thinker in the field and has published his work in the Zygon Journal over the years.”

Spezio is associate professor of psychology, neuroscience and data science at Scripps College in Claremont, CA. He is also ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). At Scripps, Spezio directs the Laboratory for Inquiry into Valuation and Emotion (LIVE Lab) and his research focuses on emotion as the cognition and consciousness of valuational representations of self and others in decision making.

Registration for the event can be done by  completing this form to receive the link on February 19.

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