Lunch and Learn Participants and Topics
Donald Boyce: Techno-Sapiens Avoiding Bodies in Esports and Online Gaming
After studying at Wheaton College, Donald Boyce received his MA in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and his MPhil from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He has worked in esports since 2014, working for top teams such as Team Liquid, TSM, and now Cloud9, where he is vice president of partnerships. www.cloud9.gg, www.boskofoundation.com
Bala Musa: New Media Technological Determinism and Missionary Outreach in the Urban and Rural Jungle: Navigating Emerging Ethical and Structural Dialectics
Bala A. Musa, PhD, is a professor of communication studies at Azusa Pacific University. Musa is widely published in his areas of interest: social and new media ethics, media and the church, communication and human rights, intercultural communication, communication and conflict transformation, and communication and culture in Africa. www.apu.edu/comm/faculty/bmusa/
Paulo Oliveira: Cyborg Muslim and the Missiological (Re)Imagination of Islam
Paulo C. Oliveira is pursuing his PhD in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in the field of Islamic Studies. His current research explores and reflects missiologically on the intersection of communication technologies, emerging adulthood, and faith––particularly the Islamic faith.
Matt Lumpkin: Learning How to Design our Transhuman Future from the First Cyborg Pioneers: People with Disabilities
Matt Lumpkin is a designer who uses social science to build tech that helps us be more human in projects like CharacterMe, a Templeton-funded app shown to build patience, self-control and emotional awareness in teens. Currently he is a product designer with Tidepool.org, bringing an iOS-based artificial pancreas system to the public. http://work.mattlumpkin.com/
Matthew Eppinette: Transhumanism as a Postsecular Religion: How Might Christians Respond?
Matthew Eppinette is Interim Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. He is also a documentary filmmaker and writer working at the nexus of theology, ethics, technology, and medicine. Most recently he has been examining transhumanism in light of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s work on virtues, practices, and traditions. https://blog.2bhuman.net/, https://cbhd.org
Michela O’Donnell Long: Entrepreneurial Formation in a Changing World of Work
Michaela O’Donnell Long, PhD, is the senior director of Fuller Seminary’s De Pree Center for Leadership and an adjunct instructor of practical theology and leadership at Fuller. She is also the co-owner of Long Winter Media, a creative agency helping brands make an impact through multimedia content. https://depree.org, www.longwintermedia.com
Jeff Harwell: Practically Speaking: How Should Our Current Experiences of Technology Shape Our Thinking on the Church Mediated through Technology?
Jeff Harwell is the Chief Technology Officer at Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds a BS in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in theology from Fuller. He is completing his dissertation at Claremont Graduate University, researching the use of machine learning to operationalize the concept of discourse communities on the open internet in order to increase the viewpoint diversity of search results.
Greg Cootsona: How Technology Shapes Mission, Especially with Emerging Adults
Greg Cootsona is a lecturer in religious studies and humanities at Chico State University. From 2016 to early 2019, he directed Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries, a grant project at Fuller Theological Seminary’s STAR Office, and is the author of Mere Science and Christian Faith: Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults. http://thesteamproject.org
Boye-Nelson Kiamu: Liking, Friending, Snapping, and Tweeting: Engaging the Incarnational Practices of the Sapien Adolescentia Follower
Boye-Nelson Kiamu is a doctoral student at Fuller. He currently serves as the CEO of Liberia Renewal Ministries in Liberia, West Africa. His research investigates the potential of online social networks for youth discipleship in Africa by evaluating how social media is affecting youth’s view of religion. www.librm.net
Carolyn Pappy Kuzhivila: Technology and Spirituality: Indian Digital Diaspora, Networked Communities and Virtual Sacred Space
Carolyn Pappy Kuzhivila is a PhD student in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary. Her research includes intersection of Spirituality and technology, Indian diaspora and networking, digital media and online sacred space.
Enoch Charles: Christian Formation and Techno-Sapiens: Discerning the Role of Machine Intelligence in Theological Education
Enoch Sathiasatchi Charles, originally from the state of Tamil Nadu, India, has been part of the Evangelical-Pentecostal church tradition. He currently serves as Instructional Technologist, at SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary in El Dorado Hills, CA. Having invested the first decade of his educational and professional life in Information Technology and the second in graduate theological education and ministry, Enoch enjoys bringing the two domains together in fulfilling the Lord’s call on his life, especially as a theological educator within the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition. He is married to his wonderful wife, Stephanie Grace, and they have been blessed with their precious daughter, Zedakah Jesudine, born in June 2017
Clarissa Joan Middleton: The Practicality Of Faith In Our Technology-Driven Society
Clarissa Joan Middleton is an artist and scholar committed to making media for social change. While earning her MFA at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Clarissa studied how virtual reality, augmented reality, digital applications, massive open online courses, and non-linear films and television can be leveraged to advance human development. www.cjmiddleton.com