Jason Bivens speaking with a member of the Day family
Dr. Jason Bivins (right), our 2016-17 Day Lecturer, speaking with Charles Day (left), whose family and friends made this series possible.

Zachary Daniel Day and father standing on the balcony of Manly Hall

In the 2012-13 academic year, the family of Zachary Daniel Day (pictured lect, with his father, at Honors Day) established an annual lectureship in the Department of Religious Studies to honor his memory. Zach, as he was known to us, was a religious studies major and anthropology minor, a Silvertstein Scholar (2007), and a graduate of The University of Alabama (in 2008), who died unexpectedly on July 21, 2011, at the age of 26.

In Zach’s memory, and through the kindness of his father, Charles Day, and his stepmother, Nancy Campbell, and the generosity of his friends and family, the Department is pleased to be the home for the Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Support Fund which makes possible this annual lecture.

Given Zach’s own interest in the intersection of religion with music, art, videos, gaming, and literature, this annual lecture will be devoted to the study of religion and popular culture.

For photos of past lecturers, visit our Facebook page.

This Year’s Day Lecturer

Zachary T. Smith

A Ph.D. Candidate in Sports Studies at the University of Tennessee, who currently works at the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Pennsylvania State University, Zachary also completed an M.A. in Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. His research focuses on the intersection of religions and physical cultures (including those actively commonly designated as sports) which he examines by means of an ethnographic exploration of evangelical Christian mixed martial arts in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
This will be a Zoom event (hosted by Prof. Richard Newton), with a manner for those off-campus to participate by registering in advance.

Previous Day Lecturers

Prof. Teemu Taira
University of Helsinki
October 30, 2018

Prof. Elijah Siegler
College of Charleston
February 28, 2018

Prof. Jason Bivins
NC State University
September 19, 2017

Watch Prof. Bivins’s lecture: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Prof. Jolyon Thomas
University of Pennsylvania
September 24, 2015

Watch Prof. Thomas’s lecture.