Whitehead: The Next Generation
December 1-3, 2011
Albrecht Auditorium, CGU (Unless otherwise noted)
Conference Details

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alfred North Whitehead, the Whitehead Research Project will gather emerging Whitehead scholars both from Claremont and from the international community to present the burgeoning work of the next generation of Whiteheadian thought. This conference will be quite transdisciplinary in nature, as it embraces the variety of approaches taken by these young thinkers. In true Whiteheadian fashion, the conference seeks not to highlight a single focus for the future of Whitehead scholarship, but rather it aims at uncovering multiple trajectories through which the influence of Whitehead will carry us into the future.

CPS Related Events at AAR

Center for Process Studies Reception
November 20, 2011 [9:00p.m.-11:00p.m.]
Location: Sutter Room, Intercontinental Hotel, San Francisco

This reception will include a special book signing with CPS Co-Director Monica A. Coleman. Coleman, along with Nancy R. Howell and Helene Tallon Russell have edited the new book titled Creating Women's Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought. The book features the work of 26 process-relational women thinkers!

Open and Relational Theologies Consultation
Creatio ex Nihilo: Arguments For and Against

November 20, 2011 [9:00am - 11:30am]
Location: Convention Center Rm. (CC-2008), San Francisco

Panel: Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology; Monica A. Coleman, Claremont School of Theology; Catherine Keller, Drew University; Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University; Richard Rice, Loma Linda University, and Marit Trelstad, Pacific Lutheran University.

Society of Evangelical Scholars/Word Made Fresh
November 18, 2011 [7:00 pm - 9pm]
Convention Center, Room CC-2010, San Francisco

Featuring: Sarah Pinnock, Scot McKnight, Linda Mercadante, John Sanders, Roger Olson Panelists will explore the life and theological legacy, Clark Pinnock. Pinnock was a major proponent of Open Theism and (amongst other things) co-edited, Search for an Adequate God: A Dialogue between Process and Free Will Theists, with John B. Cobb, Jr.


Identity and Religious Conflict
November 14, 2011, 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Cooper Board Room, Colwell Administration Building (2nd Floor), Claremont School of Theology
Featuring: Dr. Helmut Maassen

Dr. Helmut Maassen, of the German Whitehead Society, will be giving a CPS seminar on “Identity and Religious Conflict.” Maassen is an independent scholar. He has taught Philosophy and Religion as several colleges and universities in the United States, Germany, and India. His areas of research include Indian Philosophy (Gandhi, Ambedkar); Metaphysics, especially Leibniz, Spinoza, Peirce and Whitehead; Philosophy of Religion; and Comparative Religion. He has published several books on Whitehead and Peirce. He is the editor of European Studies in Process Thought and is recently preparing a German edition of Herbert Wildon Carr’s Cognitans Cogitata. Maassen is also a founding member of the German Whitehead Society.

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Buddhist Conversation on Buddha Statues
November 14, 2011, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Butler 201, Claremont School of Theology
Featuring: Ven. Chanju Mun, Ph.D.

Buddha statues are a significant part of Buddhist worship. But do Buddhist “worship” the image of the Buddha? What is the role of Buddha statues in Buddhist worship? This conversation, featuring Ven. Chanju Mun, Ph.D., will address key issues related to the use of Buddha statues in Buddhist worship - the theological and practical significance. Dr. Mun (Ordination Name: Seongwon) has taught East Asian Buddhist Studies at the University of the West in Los Angeles and is currently teaching Buddhism at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This is event is sponsored by the Korea Project of the Center for Process Studies. For more information contact: [email protected]

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Conversations about Whitehead and Category Theory
November 2, 2011
9am - 6pm: Haddon Conference Center, CST
Featuring: Michael Epperson, Robert Valenza, and Kevin Clark

After writing Principia Mathematica with Bertrand Russell, Whitehead seems to have lost interest in the formalization of his system. However, some believe that new developments in mathematical logic, in particular category theory, make possible such formalization. A small group will spend the day of Nov. 2 discussing what is involved and what value such a project would have. This group will include Michael Epperson, California State University Sacramento; Robert Valenza, Claremont McKenna College; and Kevin Clark, Port Townsend Washington. Hope to see you there!


Conversations with Rupert Sheldrake
October 31 - November 1, 2011
9am - 6pm: Haddon Conference Center, CST
Featuring: Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake will spend two days with us, October 31 and November 1. We will discuss his ideas broadly with special interest on how they relate to Whitehead’s conceptuality. Sheldrake is a biologist who thinks that the standard model used by biologists fails to explain much of what actually happens. His theory of “morphic resonance” was dramatically rejected by the guild, and he is largely excluded from their ongoing conversation. But there seems to be considerable evidence in favor of Sheldrake’s views, and in a Whiteheadian context they make good sense.

Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honours degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University.


Brave New Planet: Imagining Ecological Communities
October 28-29, 2011
Featuring: Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

Bill McKibben, the climate change activist who recently led hundreds of people to get arrested in front of the White House during the massive D.C. protests against the Keystone oil pipeline project, will be in Claremont at the end of October to lead a very different event: a two-day conference of religious leaders on the ethical implications that flow from a permanently changed Planet Earth. His recent book, Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet, provides the background for the event. In the 2004 “Day After Tomorrow,” a sci-fi movie starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal, a drastic climate change-related event brings out the worst in almost everyone: panic, confusion, hoarding, aggression. Now, that catastrophic climate change is actually occurring at an accelerating rate, the question is whether real people--especially real people in religious communities--will act responsibly and decisively to pursue ethical outcomes in the face of what is sure to be widespread and unprecedented suffering. Conference details and registration information is available here: Brave New Planet


Beyond Empire: A Process-Liberation Conversation
October 10, 7:30 pm - Napier Center, Pilgrim Place - with Nestor Miguez
October 11, 7:30 pm - Haddon Conference Center, CST - with Jung Mo Sung

Public lectures featuring Nestor Miguez and Jung Mo Sung.

Jung Mo Sung and Nestor Oscar Miguez belong to the second generation of Liberation Theologians. Sung was born in Korea but moved very early in his life to Brazil and was deeply influenced by Hugo Assman as well as other theologians of Liberation from Latin America. He is a Roman Catholic Lay Theologian who heads the theology and humanities department at the Methodist University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Miguez is an Argentinian Methodist whose main discipline is New Testament and from that platform he addresses liberation theology themes. He is at ISEDET tine Methodist theological center in Buenos Aires. Nestor follows his famous father, Jose Miguez Bonino but is a fresh and independent new voice.

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Religion and Neuroscience: Decoding Religious Beliefs
October 6, 7-9pm, Haddon Conference Center at CST.
Public lectures featuring Dr. Thandeka and Dr. George Northoff.

Thandeka is the founder of Affect Theology, which investigates the links between religion and emotions using insights from affective neuroscience. Thandeka, an independent scholar, has taught at many colleges and universities, including: San Francisco State University, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Williams College, Harvard Divinity School, and Brandeis University. Before receiving her PhD from the Claremont Graduate University, Thandeka was an Emmy award-winning television producer for sixteen years. She was given the !Xhosa name Thandeka, which means “beloved,” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1984.

Georg Northoff, MD, PhD is EJLB-CIHR Michael Smith Chair in Neurosciences and Mental Health and holds a Canada Research Chair for Mind, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR). He completed his initial training in medicine/psychiatry and philosophy in Germany. Dr. Northoff’s previous academic positions included Professorships at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and Harvard University, U.S.A. With over 100 scientific publications, his current focus is predominantly on the self – having developed the concept of cortical midline structures.Dr. Northoff is considered by many to be a leading scholar in the field of neurophilosophy.

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Three New Books
(August 19, 2011)

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  • Creative Experiencing: A Philosophy of Freedom, by Charles Hartshorne
  • Nature and Logos: A Whiteheadian Key to Merleau-Ponty's Fundamental Thought, by William S. Hamrick and Jan Van der Veken
  • A. N. Whitehead and Social Theory: Tracing a Culture of Thought, by Michael Halewood

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Faith and the Future of the Planet Lecture Series

Dr. John Cobb and Dr. Philip Clayton have co-organized a lecture series to convey the multi-religious nature of the Claremont University Project and its concern to make a real difference in the world. The series is co-sponsored by the Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, and the Islamic Center of Southern California, and is also part of a class of the same title led by John B. Cobb, Jr., and Jeanyne Slettom. The lectures take place Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Butler 201 on the campus of Claremont School of Theology, and are free and open to the public. View the full schedule on the CST website.

Lecture at the Library of Congress: "Three Hundred Years of Whitehead: Halfway"

Professor Roland Faber, Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb Jr. Professor of Process Studies, is invited to a lecture at the Library of Congress on February 17. This key note, addressed to the larger public, will invite better appreciation of the thought and intellectual legacy of Alfred North Whitehead as an important philosopher, physicist, and mathematician. The key note lecture will be given in conjunction with a symposium of the Manuscript Division and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in recognition of a gift to the Library of Congress of a letter by Whitehead's student and research assistant, Henry Leonard of Harvard, which has been donated to the Library by Dr. Leonard’s son. The lecture will also indicate the importance of Alfred N. Whitehead as a major intellectual figure of the early 20th century, whose work has grown in significance in recent decades, and will serve as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Whitehead’s birth in 2011. [more information]

In Memorium: Reiner Wiehl

The Center for Process Studies and the Whitehead Research Project sadly report the death of Reiner Wiehl, philosopher and Whitehead expert at the University of Heidelberg. Professor Wiehl died on December 30, 2010, at the age of 81. He served as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg since 1976, where he lectured and wrote on Kant, Whitehead, and existentialism. Together with Friedrich Rapp, he co-edited the volume Whitehead’s Metaphysics of Creativity. As one of the foremost European Whitehead experts, Professor Wiehl will be greatly missed.

The Tenth Annual Whitehead International Film Festival on January 14-17, 2011

Special guest, Kenneth Turan, is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor. Kenneth Turan will be our guest speaker at the film banquet on Friday evening, January 14, 2011 and will also teach the "Faith and Film" class earlier that same day. He will be discussing "The Art of Film Criticism." The reception and banquet begins at 5:30pm and the film festival begins at 7:30pm. Priority banquet seating is given to those who purchase a full weekend Film Pass or Faith and Film Class (the class includes the full film pass). A banquet only ticket may be purchased separately. [more information]