Judaism & Science Conference (Arizona State)

The fifth annual meeting of the Judaism, Science and Medicine Group will be held on September 9-10 at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  The meeting will begin at noon on Sunday, September 9 and end by 3:00 pm Monday September 10th. The full program is listed below.

A printable program and additional information about the group can be found at http://jewishstudies.asu.edu/science 

Sunday, September 9

EVOLUTION AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS

Noon
Lunch (speakers and invited guests)

1:15 p.m.
Welcome
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson | Arizona State University
Rick Goldberg | Binah Yitzrit Foundation

1:30 p.m.            
Session 1
“What can Modern Evolutionary Theory Contribute to the Understanding of Traditional Religions? 
Not as Much as Taditional Religions can Contribute to Modern Evolutionary Theory!” 
Craig Palmer | University of Missouri – Columbia

2:30 p.m.            
Session 2
“Jewish Ritual and Magic: An Anthropological Perspective”
Richard Sosis | University of Connecticut

3:30 p.m.
Break

3:45 p.m.
Session 3
“Fundamental Evolutionary Motives and the Varieties of Religious Experience”
Adam Cohen | Arizona State University 

4:45 p.m.
Session 4
“The Slifkin Affair: A Contemporary Jewish Evolution Controversy and Its Orthodox Response”
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels | Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton MA

6:00 p.m.
Dinner
(speakers and invited guests)

 Monday, September 10
 
THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY EXAMINATION
 
 8:00 a.m.            
Breakfast
(speakers and invited guests)

9:00 a.m.            
Session 1
The Developmental Evolutionary Origins of Obesity form the Perspectives of Science and Society”
Jason Robert | Arizona State University

10:00 a.m.          
Session 2
Obesity and the Rhetoric of Obesity: From Personal to Public Health Burden”
Karin Eli | Oxford University and Arizona State University
Anna Lavis, co-author, School of Health and Population Sciences| University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

 11:00 a.m.          
Session 3
When Is Enough Enough?: Judaic Perspectives on Indulgence and Satiety”
Jonathan K. Crane | Emory University

Noon                    
Lunch
(speakers and invited guests)

1:00 p.m.            
Session 4
Modesty Laws and Body Image Disturbance: An Application of Objectification Theory to Orthodox Jewish Women”
Renee Englin-Maddox| Northwestern University

 2:00 p.m.            
Session 5
Jewish Physicians Respond to the Obesity Epidemic”
TBD

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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