Religion in

Past Events

Professor Tomoko Masuzawa, this year's Aronov Lecturer and also the guest at a lunchtime discussion.




Public Lectures

The Fifth Annual Aronov Lecture

March 7, 2007
Gorgas Library, Room 205

"Return of the What?—or Why We Should Care about the (Mere) Concept of Religion"

Dr. Tomoko Masuzawa
Program in Comparative Literature
Department of History
University of Michigan

Prof. Masuzawa earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1985 and is the author of In Search of Dreamtime: The Quest for the Origin of Religion and the recently published The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism and Diversity (both published by the University of Chicago Press). Her work covers a broad and timely area, moving between critical and discourse theory as well as the history and effects of European colonialism. Most recently, she has examined in detail the political context of the study of religion's own nineteenth-century history. She is the President of the North American Association for the Study of Religion and one of the leading theorists of the field today.

As part of its celebration of its 175th anniversary, this event is also supported by the College of Arts & Sciences.

View the Flyer (PDF) or read the press release.

Prof. Masuzawa will also participate in a Religion in Culture lunch while on campus.

Read an article on her Aronov Lecture.

Religion in Culture Lectures

April 5, 2007
3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.
Gorgas Library, Room 205

"The Two Deaths of Lady MacDuff: Politics, Metaphysics, and Violence
in William Davenant's revision of Macbeth"

Prof. Ted H. Miller
Department of Political Science
University of Alabama

Prof. Miller graduated from the University of Chicago (B.A.), and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego (1999). His work has been published in Inquiry (1997, 1999) and he is currently preparing a book manuscript on Thomas Hobbes. His interests include Early Modern and Contemporary Political Thought, and Critical Theory. His work connects Political Philosophy with Early Modern British History, the History of Science, and with English Literature. He has been awarded Huntington Library Fellowships, and an Earhardt Foundation Fellowship. He has taught and held research positions at the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College.

This lecture is part of the Department's Honors Week celebrations.

January 25, 2007
3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.
Gorgas Library, Room 205

"Mediating Culture and Religion: A Colonial and Post-Colonial African Perspective"
Prof. Josephine Nhongo-Simbanegavi
Department of History
University of Alabama

Learn more about this event here.


October 11, 2006
7:00 p.m.
125 tenHoor

"Game Day and God: Football, Faith, and Politics in the American South"
Eric Bain-Selbo
Department of Religion and Philosophy
Lebanon Valley College

This event is co-sponsored with the Department of American Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.


September 27, 2006
3:00–5:00 PM
Gorgas Library, Room 205
"Sunday in Depression Era America"
Prof. Alexis McCrossen
Clements Department of History
Southern Methodist University

Learn more about this lecture here.

Alabama's Lectures on Life's Evolution (ALLELE)

November 2, 2006
7:30 p.m.
Biology Auditorium

"The Wedge Strategy: The Political Relevance of Intelligent Design Creationism"
Prof. Barbara Forrest
Department of History and Political Science
Southeastern Louisiana University

Learn more about Prof. Forrest's work.

This event, part of the ALLELE series, is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies. To learn about other lectures in this series, see their schedule.