Scholarship on the future of the City, with particular emphasis on the creation of meaningful, sustainable, and spiritually inspiring urban environments that support environmental health and well-being. Speakers: Prof. Timothy Beatley (UVA), Prof. Julio Bermudez (CUA), Alan Logan, ND, Prof. Tom Barrie (NCSU), Nader Ardalan (GSD), Prof. Harvey Cox (HDS).
Scholarship on the contribution of spiritual motivations in planning contemporary cities and, specifically, the use of design to support spiritual engagement and environmental health in the public realm. Speakers: Prof. Richard Jackson (UCLA), Prof. Rahul Mehrotra (GSD).
Jason Ānanda Josephson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Williams College
"His research explores the contested borderland between “religion” and “science.” He focuses on practices and beliefs often considered “superstitions,” and therefore frequently dismissed as worthy of consideration in the disciplinary formations of science and religion."
Scholarship on the history of cities planned according to spiritual motivations or principles. Cities in which ecological sustainability and spiritual well-being have enjoyed historical or ongoing reciprocity are of greatest interest. Speakers: Prof. Alex Krieger (GSD), Prof. David Carrasco (HDS), Prof. Ahmed Ragab (HDS).