Jason Bivens speaking with a member of the Day family
Dr. Jason Bivins (right) speaking, prior to his lecture, with Charles Day (left), whose family and friends have generously made this series possible.

In the 2012-13 academic year, the family of Zachary Daniel 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 now 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 lecturer, visit our Facebook page.


Elijah Siegler
Spring 2018
Location: Tues., Feb. 27 @ 7 pm in Smith 205


Prof. Jason Bivins
September 19, 2017

Watch Prof. Bivins’s lecture: Parts 12345.


Prof. Jolyon Thomas
September 24, 2015

Watch Prof. Thomas’s lecture.


Dr. Kelly Baker
September 23, 2014

Watch Dr. Baker’s lecture.


Prof. Monica Miller
October 1, 2013

Watch Prof. Miller’s lecture.