LIVESTREAM

A livestream of Friday night's session will be available at  https://livestream.com/faithandwork/2016Conference at 7:30PM on November 11.

(Saturday's events will not be livestreamed.)

THE WONDER & FEAR OF TECHNOLOGY

Technology has dominated our cultural moment. It's abstract and specific, tangible, ephemeral, and pervasive. It's what we're both afraid of and in awe of. Despite our misgivings, we put a lot of faith in technology. It isn’t just the device in our pocket. It's the mechanism that shapes our knowing and learning. It’s the system we unwittingly trust and rely upon in the most basic daily decisions.

So it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with the tools we invent. Yet often lost in our grand impressions is this: technology exists for humanity. And not the other way around. The central question we ask of technology ends up sounding a lot like a spiritual one: who is ruling whom?

This fall’s Faith & Work Conference will be a small attempt to reorder what we’ve disordered, to realign invention with hope. We’ll explore some difficult questions: How does technology square with tradition? What has been coded into humans that we now so often greet technology with fear? Is humankind’s future bending towards doom or promise?

Our hope is to develop new thought on the intersection of faith and technology, to wisely examine the future of work, and to replace current normative models that spawn fear with a fuller notion of the divine signature that has authored us all.

 


PRESENTERS

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DR. TIMOTHY J. KELLER

Tim is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tim and his wife Kathy, along with their three sons, moved to New York City to plant Redeemer in 1989. Since then the church has grown to a weekly worshipping community of over 5,000 people, meeting at eight services in three different locations in Manhattan. The average age of the church community is 33 years, and over 60% are single.

Known for sermons that illuminate the truths of scripture and engage the contemporary mind, Christian and skeptic alike, Dr. Keller’s ministry extends beyond NYC. He is the founder and Chairman of City to City, which has helped start over 250 churches in global cities worldwide. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.


REV. DAVID H. KIM

David oversees all the ministries of the Center for Faith & Work as Executive Director and is the Pastor of Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Prior to this role, David served as the Director of the Gotham Fellowship, developing and teaching its intensive curriculum while providing spiritual direction. Prior to joining CFW in 2007, David was a Chaplain at Princeton University, where he also served as the Founder and Executive Director of Manna Christian Fellowship for over 12 years.

David received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his studies focused on the public theology of Abraham Kuyper. Currently, he is pursuing his D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary in the area of faith and culture. He’s written a two devotional books: Glimpses of a Greater Glory: A Devotional through the Storyline of the Bible and The Lord’s Prayer Devotional. He’s also the author of 20 and Something: Have the Time of Your Life (and Figure it All Out Too) and the general editor of a forth coming Faith & Work Bible Edition.



ALISSA WILKINSON

Alissa Wilkinson is a critic, journalist, and professor living in Brooklyn. She recently joined Vox.com as a staff film critic and writer, after three and a half years as Christianity Today's film critic and a decade freelancing for publications including Rolling Stone, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, Books & Culture, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, The LA Review of Books, The Atlantic, and Paste. 

Alissa is an associate professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, where she teaches cultural theory and criticism. Her book How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics was published by Eerdmans in May, and her next book, Orphaned Believers: Reframing Religion in the Age of Faith-Based Film, is due out in 2017 from The Critical Press. She regularly comments on topics at the intersection of religion and pop culture for a variety of media. 


DEREK THOMPSON

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and pop culture for the magazine and the website. He is the author of the 2015 cover story, “A World Without Work” and an expert on millennials. A news analyst on NPR’s “Here and Now,” he appears regularly on television, including CBS, CNBC, and MSNBC. Thompson is currently working on a book about the economics and psychology behind hits in pop culture. In 2012, he appeared in FOLIO: magazine’s 15 Under 30, was one of Min’s People to Watch, and his blog was named one to follow by Reuters’ Counterparties blog, newsletter, and website.
 


DEREK C. SCHUURMAN

Derek C. Schuurman worked as an electrical engineer for several years and later returned to school to complete a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at McMaster University in the area of robotics and computer vision. He has taught computer science at both Dordt College and Redeemer University College. He is a fellow in technology at St. George’s Centre for Biblical and Public Theology and is also a book review editor for the journal Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith published by the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). He has written about faith and technology issues and is the author of the book Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology.


JANE STEWART ADAMS

Jane Stewart Adams is a data scientist, programmer and writer living in Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. and an M.S. from New York University in complex systems and urban data science. Her complexity work has focused on emergence in complex systems, the phenomenon of relatively simple individuals interacting in relatively simple ways giving rise to complex collective behavior, for example, how ants find your picnic basket. She has explored this theme in her personal, professional, and creative work primarily through data and code.

Her data science work has focused on how to use data to help people, which began during her masters work on estimating and mapping the unauthorized immigrant population of New York City. Since then, she has spoken publicly about how to use data for social good, and how data can be and is used against certain people. She has several open source projects that aim to improve access to and experiences working with personal and public data.

 


NANCY JO SALES

Nancy Jo Sales is an award-winning journalist and author who has written forVanity Fair, New York, Harper's Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture and for her profiles of pop-culture icons. She won a 2011 Front Page Award for "Best Magazine Feature" and a 2010 Mirror Award for "Best Profile, Digital Media." Her 2016 book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers is an investigation into how social media has transformed the lives of girls and presented them with unprecedented challenges. Her 2013 book, The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World, tells the true story behind the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, which was based on Sales's 2010 Vanity Fair piece "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sales graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1986. She was hired as a reporter at People in 1994 and became a contributing editor at New York in 1996. In 2000, she became a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She has a daughter, Zazie, and lives in the East Village in New York City.


Nigel Cameron

Nigel Cameron is President and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), a non-partisan, non-sectarian think tank in Washington, DC. In 2015-16 he also served as Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Before founding C-PET in 2007 he was an Associate Dean and Research Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has written extensively on the ethical and policy impacts of technology; testified before congressional committees on cloning, stem cell research, and the security implications of emerging technologies; and represented the United States at the UN General Assembly. He is currently in his fourth term as a Commissioner of the United States National Commission for UNESCO, and chair of its Committee on Social and Human Sciences. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he has lived in the United States for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities and the Edinburgh Business School.  


FELICIA WU SONG


Felicia Wu Song is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. As a cultural sociologist, she also has taught at Louisiana State University’s Manship School for Mass Communication and has research interests in the rapidly evolving digital landscape—particularly its impact on contemporary experiences of community, motherhood, parenting, and relationships.  She is the author of the book, Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together (2009) and has written on mothers’ online information-seeking habits and the construction of online baby registries. Her most recent essay, “The Serious Business of Mommy Blogging” was published this summer in Contexts, the public face of the American Sociological Association. Felicia received her B.A. in History from Yale University, M.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, and PhD in Sociology from the University of Virginia.


JASON SUMMERS


Jason Summers is the Chief Scientist of ARiA, a research and development firm with offices in Washington, DC and Culpeper, VA, which he founded in 2010.  A veteran of industry and government research institutions in the United States and Japan, he currently investigates the intersection of artificial intelligence and machine learning with computational simulation for applications ranging from autonomous military systems to cognitive assistants in legal informatics. A program manager with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) once said that Jason learns an entirely new field every year—a characterization he happily accepts. In addition to numerous scholarly publications, his work with ARiA has been briefed to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and covered in diverse news outlets including Bloomberg, CNN, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Sojourners, and The Washington Post.

Jason received the A.B. in Physics and Integrated Program in Humane Studies from Kenyon College, and the M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is perhaps best known internationally for his Macarthur nominated research in room acoustics, which he began as the first graduate of the doctoral program in acoustics at RPI.


ADAM WADE

Comedic storytelling is booming across America and one of its undisputed masters is the hilarious, deeply humane Adam Wade. Adam’s first comedy album, Adam Wade: The Human Comedy, was recorded in front of a sold out audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn and released on iTunes and Google Play in September of 2015. Adam is a record 20-time Story Slam Champion at The Moth. His comedic storytelling has been lauded by critics at The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, Newsweek and New York Magazine. He has toured North America with his award-winning stories and is a regular performer on the legendary monthly storytelling show “The Nights of Our Lives” at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Time Out New York has featured him on their “Best of List” in the Most Promising Young Talents category. He has also appeared on Season 2 and 3 of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and HBO's GIRLS


THE BRILLIANCE

The Brilliance does not leave the complexity to their instruments only, but with a poignant perspective, the lyrics and melodies capture the listener - inviting them into a life of mindfulness and challenging them to take positive action.

David Gungor works at Trinity Grace Church Tribeca and lives in Manhattan with his wife Kate and their four children.


MICAH REDDING

Micah Redding is a software developer and the Executive Director of the Christian Transhumanist Association. He's an international TEDx speaker and educator, and a contributor to Vice Motherboard, the Huffington Post, IEET, and Humanity+. His extensive travels have taken him to Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, and Afghanistan during the war. Micah is a member of Mensa, a teaching fellow at Exosphere Academy in South America, and the host of the Christian Transhumanist Podcast. 


Additional presenters to be announced....

Past Presenters have included author and cultural commentary David Brooks, professor Peter Heslam, psychiatrist and author Curt Thompson, Osso String Quartet, poet Christian Wiman and tech executive Dave Evans.

HOW ARE SPEAKERS FOR THE FAITH & WORK CONFERENCE SELECTED?

CFW seeks to engage current cultural issues for the common good with those who share our faith as well as those who do not. We invite speakers who contribute effectively in their areas of expertise. Views expressed do not reflect the views of the Center for Faith & Work or Redeemer Presbyterian Church.


REGISTRATION
NOV. 11 - NOV. 12

  • $180 June - August 31

  • $210 September 1 - October 5

  • $240 October 6 - October 26

  • $280 October 27 - November 9

  • $300- Walk-in Registration

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds minus a $45 cancellation fee will be provided for cancellations before October 24th, 2016. No refunds will be provided after that date, though we will permit you to arrange a transfer of your registration to another attendee or donate your unused seat before registration closes on November 9th, 2016.

 


VENUE & LODGING

 

Redeemer W83 Ministry Center
150 West 83rd Street                                                      
(Between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)
New York, NY 10024

Because the rates and availabilities of NYC hotels fluctuate so dramatically season-to-season, we suggest booking early and using kayak.com, hipmunk.com and tripadvisor.com or a similar travel website to find the best options. 

In addition to the Upper West Side (where the conference program will be held), you may wish to explore hotels in Columbus Circle, Midtown West, Chelsea and the West Village  all areas which have easy access to the subway.