This project will address the role of religion in the experience of healing
by promoting sustained and in-depth discussion about the possible links
between religion, medicine, and healing. "Healers & Healing"
builds on momentum at Emory in the area of science and religion, which began
with two former SRCP course prizewinners, Gary Laderman and P.V. Rao.
Four key interconnected elements comprise the "Healers &
* A faculty seminar (Fall 2002) follows the example of previously
successful seminars. However, participants will be invited with the specific
purpose of helping to focus the topics and pedagogy for the teaching of the
project's new course, and as a foundational group for the conference and
* An undergraduate seminar, "Healers, Mind, and Medicine" will be
taught in Spring 2003. Unique features of this course include partnering of
science students with humanities students as they lead class discussions and
develop research projects. Research posters will be developed from these
projects and presented at the conference and on the web. The students will be
mentored by a wide array of faculty and scholars available to them at Emory.
* A public symposium (Spring 2003) will be led by scholars who have
participated in the weekly faculty seminar series, and will include a workshop
devoted to the teaching of science and religion, focusing especially on the
issues raised during the conference. Again, this symposium draws on previous
successes - it is the third in a series, following "Healing and
Suffering" and "Prolonging Life." As noted above, student
poster presentations will be an important component of the conference. The
project leaders plan to interview participants in the "Healers and
Healing" project for Science in Your Life, a radio show/website on
Atlanta's National Public Radio station. The show airs five times a week to an
audience of 150,000, and will soon be repeated around the nation. The impact
of this type of outreach is staggering.
* Discussions have begun with M.E. Sharpe Publishers about the possibility
of developing a set of encyclopedic-like volumes entitled History and Issues
in Science and Religion (Fall 2004). The volume would include enhanced
versions of the conference presentations and contain a significant emphasis on
the teaching of the issues involved - both in the classroom and to a broader