Scholarium’s Monthly Lecture Series (2021/22)
Our free monthly lectures are designed to achieve two interrelated goals:
a) To introduce exciting research projects and their significance and applications in the public sphere. Our speakers will explain why their research matters in the broader context of the challenges humanity is facing in the 21st century.
b) To explore new paths for interdisciplinary research, where our speakers will suggest how collaboration with academics and other professionals can benefit their research.
July 2021 Lecture
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 – 7:00PM EST
Dr. Kate Stockly – Spirit Tech: How Technology Is Transforming Spirituality
Dr. Stockly will discuss the emerging field of technological innovation that is focused on spiritual healing, wholeness, and connection. Going beyond familiar mindfulness apps or fitness trackers, she will describe several ways that spiritual entrepreneurs are harnessing advanced neuroscience to create technologies that can train the brain to enter meditative states, encourage mystical experiences, and even facilitate new forms of human connection. These new spiritual technologies raise many issues and concerns—questions about safety, authenticity, and whether mixing tech and religion is wise for our communities. Dr. Stockly will draw on insights from religious studies, ethics, and her in-person interviews with both innovators and users of these technologies. The lecture will be based on Dr. Stockly’s new book she co-authored with Wesley J. Wildman: Spirit Tech: The Brave New World of Consciousness Hacking and Enlightenment Engineering.
Dr. Stockly received her PhD in religion and science from Boston University. She is a researcher at the Center for Mind and Culture in Kenmore Square, Boston. In addition to studying technology and spirituality, Dr. Stockly also analyses the pervasive gender/sex difference in religion and spirituality from a bio-psycho-social perspective.
See more details about past events here.
June 17, 2021 – Dr. Connor Wood, “A Natural History of Music”
May 20, 2021 – Dr. Paul Cassell, “Between the Humanities and Sciences: Interdisciplinarity in Academia”
May 6, 2020 – Workshop: Job alternatives outside the Humanities
July 2, 2019 – Independent Scholars: A viable career path?