Trauma and the Environment: What are the Consequences?

A dinner program hosted by the Kirbas Institute featuring Professor of Religion Dr. Ann Millikin Pederson and Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jennifer Gubbels from Augustana University

The Kirbas Institute is pleased to announce its upcoming dinner program on Thursday, November 1 at the Oklahoma City University during which Drs
Pederson and Gubbels will  share their work in exploring how the experiences of people  who undergo suffering and trauma in one generation affect the religious / spiritual beliefs and practices of succeeding generations.

“Geography, religion, and genetics can influence the ways that generations cope with and express the  effects of historical trauma.We are excited to host  Drs. Pederson and Gubbels to investigate the scientific and spiritual dimensions to help explain how trauma is embodied and remembered,” stated Dr.Paul Kirbas, Founder of the Kirbas Institute.

“We use the sciences of embodied cognition and epigenetics to analyze the heritability of trauma and its spiritual-religious manifestations in the next generations,” said Dr. Gubbels. “We have joined the hands of scientific reasoning and religious belief to help us explain how trauma is embodied and remembered throughout the generations,”stated Dr. Pederson.

The Kirbas Institute is proud to welcome this team of researchers to Oklahoma City, as they share with us new insights into how environmental factors effect populations from one generation to the next.

  • When: Thursday, November 1, 2018  6:30 – 8:30 PM (Dinner and Presentation)

  • Where: Oklahoma City University, The Great Hall in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center, 2501 N. Blackwelder OKC

  • Open to the Public: $35 per person. $25 per student

  • Hosted by the Kirbas Institute and the World House Institute of Oklahoma City University

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About Our Presenters:

Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson is a Professor of Religion at Augustana University. She teaches Christian theology, with particular emphasis in religion and medical sciences, feminist theologies, theology and the arts, and Lutheran constructive theology. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Section for Ethics and Humanities at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Pederson has written five books: Where in the World is God? Variations on a Theme (Chalice Press, 1998),  God, Creation, and All That Jazz (Chalice Press, 2001), The Music of Creation, co-authored with the Rev. Dr. Canon Arthur Peacocke, (Fortress Press, 2006), The Geography of God’s Incarnation: Landscapes and Narratives of Faith (Wipf and Stock, 2013), and Our Bodies Are Selves, co-authored with Philip Hefner and Susan Barreto (Wipf and Stock, 2015). She has also authored entries in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, and numerous articles in Zygon, Word and World, and other periodicals. Pederson is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Dr. Jennifer A. A. Gubbels is an Associate Professor of Biology at Augustana University. She teaches introductory biology, physiology, immunology, and has team-taught courses on medical ethics along with history and religion professors. Her research is in reproductive physiology, where she has published 12 peer reviewed publications on ovarian cancer, and has recently begun studies to determine the molecular cause for preterm birth. Gubbels has also published in journals outside of her main area of expertise, including the Journal for Microbiology and Biology Education as well as Zygon, a religion and science journal. She has been an invited guest lecturer to seminaries as a part of the  American Association for the Advancement of Science “Science for Seminaries” grant. Gubbels is a member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation.