February 17th

Process in Practice: Society, Sustainability, and Ecological Civilization

Session 1: Economies and Communities for the Common Good

Presenters

Yohana Junker will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Dr. Yohana Junker (she/hers) is Assistant Professor of Art, Religion, and Culture at Claremont School of Theology. She received a PhD from Graduate Theological Union and a Bachelors from Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. Her research probes the intersections of art, religion, and decolonial studies, with special attention to contemporary Indigenous and diasporic art practices. Her art practice is informed by a poetics of embodied resistance and in her latest collaboration, she designed a series of rituals and altar for Joanna Haigood's performance installation "Love, a State of Grace," at Grace Cathedral in SF. Dr. Junker's publications include “Interreligious Pedagogies: Indigenous and Afro-Atlantic Religious Traditions and the Visual Arts” (Georgetown) and “Unsettling the Gaze: Bathsheba between Verse and Image” (SBL Press). An ongoing learner of healing modalities, she investigates how artists, healers, and spiritual leaders create sacred spaces that allow us to reclaim our sense of agency even in the face of impossibility. 

Wm Andrew Schwartz will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Wm. Andrew Schwartz is Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies & Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology, as well as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. Dr. Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. His academic interests are broad, and include Comparative Religious Philosophies, Process Thought, Ecology, Education, and more. His recent work has been focused on high-impact philosophy and the role of big ideas in the transition toward ecological civilization. As Executive Director, Andrew has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CPS, including development and implementation of the CPS mission, programs, and strategic vision.

Dongwoo Lee will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Dr. Dongwoo Lee is a founder of EcoCiv Korea and an Executive Director. Dr. Lee is also a director of the Korea Project at the Center for Process Studies. He is an author of several books. His latest book, ‘Imagining Post-Pandemic Meta-Church’ which was published in South Korea in September, 2021 became the number one bestselling E-book in the Religious section at Ridibooks’ store. He earned the PhD degree at Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Lee’s major areas of expertise are comparative religion and philosophy, process thoughts, postcolonialism, poststructuralism, contextual studies, economics and ecological studies. He is currently located in Los Angeles, California. He enjoys hiking trails, cycling and watching movies with his wife.

Moderator

Gunna Jung will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Gunna Jung is an economist, professor of Hanshin University in South Korea, and Research Fellow of Ecological Civilization in the Korea Project at the Center for Process Studies. He is also Steering Chairman of the 60+ Climate Action Korea and Chairman of the Lab 2050. Dr. Jung was born in 1959 and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He received his Ph.D at Seoul National University with a major in labor economics. He has expanded his interest to the local economy, community building, aging issue, circular economy and is currently interested in ecological transformation. He has been involved in nonprofit think-tanks for over 30 years, and for the past 10 years has been actively involved in collaborative public-private partnerships with Seoul metropolitan government and the Office of Seoul Education to promote local sustainable development and empowerment of communities.

Session 2: Power, Peace, and Politics in Process

Presenters

Stephanie Erev will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Stephanie Erev is a political theorist drawn to themes of democratic pluralism, anti-imperialism, eco-feminism, vital materiality, and the more-than-human. Her work engages such themes from a perspective informed by the tradition of process philosophy, and it frequently draws upon the life sciences and arts to enrich its political investigations. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in December, 2019, Erev became assistant professor of political science at Portland State University. Currently on leave from Portland State, she finds herself in an enchanting Copenhagen working on a 2-year project, “Vital Politics: Rethinking Normativity in the Anthropocene,” with Lars Tønder. You can find out more about Stephanie and her work at her website.

Paper Title: “Process, Ecology, and Political Subjectivity”

Yuki Schwartz will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Yuki Schwartz (they/them) is the assistant professor of constructive and political theologies, and the associate dean of academics and assessment, at Claremont School of Theology. Their areas of scholarship include deimperial/decolonial studies; Asian and Asian American theology; political theology; and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. Their current research investigates the intersections of affect, politics, and US imperialism in Asia during the Cold War and its afterlife. They received a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary and a PhD in theology and ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. They are also ordained to Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ. 

Andrew Doss will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Andrew Doss is an award-winning attorney and writer, whose work explores how process metaphysics might inform the changing shapes of international governance to address the 21st Century’s significant challenges. He has a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University & the Grotius Centre in the Hague, and an M.Div. from Yale University with certificates from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Berkeley Episcopal Seminary. He recently served as the Director of the Governor’s Resilient Louisiana Commission, the Director of Policy & Partnerships of Future Tide Partners, and taught "International Challenges of the 21st Century" in the Yale Political Science Department. 

Moderator

Daniel (Dan) Dombrowski will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Daniel Dombrowski is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University. Among his twenty-two books are Rethinking the Ontological Argument: A Neoclassical Theistic Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Contemporary Athletics and Ancient Greek Ideals (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); and Process Philosophy and Political Liberalism: Rawls, Whitehead, Hartshorne (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019). He is Editor of the journal Process Studies and is Past-President of the Metaphysical Society of America. Email: ddombrow@seattleu.edu 

Session 3: Cultivating Curiosity: Process Philosophy of Education

Presenters

Sinan von Stietencron will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Sinan von Stietencron is the lead curator on 'Nature' at the Art and Nature Foundation in Bad Heilbrunn, Germany, where he develops innovative cultural and educational formats on the topics of nature, philosophy and art. Since 2009 he has worked as a trainer for teachers, developer of teaching programs, lecturer and author in the field of philosophy of education, philosophical discourse, and sustainability education. He collaborates with several national parks, environmental education institutes and most closely with the Academy of Philosophical Education and ValueDialogue in Munich. His educational practice is heavily influenced by process thinking, Coyote Teaching and eastern philosophies. Currently he is contributing the treatises on Whitehead's "The Aims of Education" and the notion of "Rhythm" in his work for a new German standard compendium on the life, work and impact of A. N. Whitehead.

Paper title: "Overcoming the bifurcation of mind in education and daily life - The speedometer model of values and contrast in action"

Thomas Estes will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Thomas Estes is a philosopher, Christian minister, and songwriter. He and his wife Bailey live in Abilene, Texas, where he teaches at Hardin-Simmons University and Cottonwood Baptist Church. His recently completed dissertation (Higher Education after Whitehead) examines the aims of university education from various process-philosophical perspectives.

Paper title: "Pedagogies of the Possible: Beauty, Tragedy, and Hope in Higher Education"

Moderator

Lynn De Jonghe will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Lynn De Jonghe

Bio forthcoming

Session 4: Environmental Ethics and Ecological Civilization

Presenters

Travis Cox will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Dr. Travis Cox is an Associate Professor in the Ecopsychology MA and Environmental Studies BA at Naropa University. His interests and research are about the intersections of social movements and social justice, education, metaphysics, environmental philosophy, agriculture, psychedelics, and deep sustainability. He earned his PhD at Iowa State University in sustainable agriculture, a Master of Philosophy and Religion, with an emphasis in philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Central College in Pella, Iowa. 

Heeyoung Jung will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Heeyoung Jung is a Ph.D. student in Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. She received an S.T. M from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and an M.Div from Drew University in New Jersey. She studied a Th.M in systematic theology from Yonsei University and a B.A in Theology from Methodist Theological University in Seoul. Her academic interests and research in process studies are Asian and Korean ecofeminist studies from a postcolonial Whiteheadian worldview. She works at the Ecological Civilization and Center for Process studies as a Korea project assistant. 

Jacob J Erickson will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Jacob J. Erickson (he/him) is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin and Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School. A constructive theologian and theological ethicist, Erickson writes to evoke an ecotheology of planetary conviviality—the playful and just cherishing of life together—in the midst of current ecological crises, ecological injustice, emerging perspectives in the wake of global warming, and new challenges in energy production. In his writing, Erickson meditates on the complex relationships of earth and divinity, decolonial environmental ethics and queer theory, classical Christian theologies and contemporary constructive theopoetics. He is currently working on an extended project on the intersections of global warming and theology called A Theopoetics of the Earth: Divinity in the Anthropocene and finishing up a book on climate grief and theopoetics forthcoming with Fortress Press. His vital work in queer ecotheology appears in Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet (punctum, 2018).

Moderator

Meijun (Mei) Fan will speak at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for Process Studies

Meijun Fan, Ph.D. was a professor at Beijing Normal University for more than ten years. Now she is the co-director of the China Project at the Center for Process Studies, Claremont; and the program director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China. She completed her doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University and master program at Peking University. Her areas of specialty include Chinese traditional aesthetics, process philosophy and aesthetical education. She has authored several books including: Aesthetic Development of Children (1990), Beauty in Human Life (1993), Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic (1997), The Popular Aesthetics in Qing Dynasty (2001), and The Second Enlightenment with Zhihe Wang (2011).