2017 Academy Program

The 2017 Academy Program includes two components:

2017 Summer Academy - Featured Speakers


  • Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, PA
  • Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson, Professor of Christian Theology at Augustana University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Ethics at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD


  • Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
  • Dr. Jennifer A. Gubbels, Associate Professor of Biology at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD

Nobel Conference 53, October 3-4, 2017
“Reproductive Technology: How Far Do We Go?”

From artificial insemination to in vitro fertilization to contraception, reproductive technologies have long raised a host of complex scientific, social, and ethical questions. New techniques and technologies, such as genome editing and mitochondrial transfer, complicate those questions even further. The 53rd Nobel Conference invites participants to consider how continuing innovations in reproductive technology challenge us to think about what it means to be human.

Nobel Conference 53 will bring together an interdisciplinary panel of scholars and scientists from around the world to consider not only how far we can go but how far we should go.

For more information about the conference, schedule, and speakers, please visit Nobel Conference 53.


October 3-4, 2017

Arrive: October 3     Check-in: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
(Conference seating begins at 9:15 a.m.)

Depart: October 4    6:00 p.m. (after dinner)


Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota




A conference ticket for October 3 (includes lunch and dinner) and October 4 (includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). Overnight lodging at the Southwest Youth Hostel (located on campus).

For those traveling from a distance, we are able to offer additional nights of lodging (Monday and/or Wednesday). In addition, the grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. has made it possible for us to offer scholarships to help cover travel expenses to and from the conference and, if needed, the $25.00 registration cost. Scholarship requests will be handled on an individual basis, upon request.

To register, complete and return the forms found at the link below along with your payment of $25.00.  
Registration Forms for Nobel Conference

Registration deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017