Kate de Medeiros and Ron Cole-Turner

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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Please note that this confirmation replaces the previously announced lecturer, Joseph Coughlin.

Kate de Medeiros
O'Toole Family Professor
Miami University of Ohio's Department of Sociology and Gerontology

Ron Cole-Turner 
Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Kate de Medeiros is the O'Toole Family Professor in Miami University of Ohio's Department of Sociology and Gerontology. Her research interests are concerned with cultural structures affecting the experience of aging and the construction of self, such as autobiographical writing, as well as personhood in people with dementia.

In 2008, de Medeiros received one of only four Brookdale Leadership in Aging Research. Her research has also been funded by the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute of Aging. In addition to numerous research articles, she recently published Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice.

She received her PhD in gerontology from the  University of Maryland; her master's from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and her bachelor's in English and American literature from Northwestern University

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Cole-Turner is the H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion (currently serving as vice president).

His most recent book is a study of human evolution and its theological significance, entitled The End of Adam and Eve: Theology and the Science of Human Origins. Cole-Turner is also the author of Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church: Chips in the Brain, Immortality, and the World of TomorrowTranshumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Advancement and The New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution.