The Religion in Culture Lecture Series, named after the Department’s motto and inaugurated in November of 2001, is one of two lecture series hosted by the Department–the other being the annual Aronov Lecture. The Department also hosts a Religion in Culture Lunch Series.

The Religion in Culture series provides a venue for local and visiting scholars to address the role played by religious beliefs and practices in creating and contesting culture.
As opposed to seeing religion as set apart and periodically interacting with items of culture–as typically implied by the more common “religion andculture”–this lecture series highlights the manner in which those behaviors and institutions named as religion are elements of ordinary cultural practices. As made evident in the Department’s motto, the focus of this lecture series is therefore religion in culture, in history, and in context. Learn more about the Department’s motto.

Although one goal of this lecture series is to invite scholars from our own campus, working in cognate disciplines, to share their current research with our students and faculty, the Religion in Culture lecture series also hosts scholars from other universities. This series has been greatly assisted by funds available through the College of Arts & Sciences’ Anonymous Lecture Fund for the Humanities.

The Religion in Cultures Lecturers

For more information on each lecturer’s presentation, please click the year in which they presented their talk.

  • Prof. Michael Murphy, University of Alabama
  • Prof. Julie Ingersoll, University of North Florida
  • Prof. Marysia Galbraith, University of Alabama
  • Prof. Natalie Gummer, Beloit College
Prof. Eddie Glaude
Princeton University
Prof. Willi Braun
University of Alberta, Canada
Prof. George Williamson
University of Alabama
Prof. Lawrence Powell
Tulane University
Prof. Mark McCormick
Stillman College
Prof. Cathy Pagani
University of Alabama
Prof. James Apple
University of Alabama
Prof. Anita Leopold
Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Jeppe Sinding Jensen
Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Mindy Nancarrow
University of Alabama
Prof. Herman C. Waetjen
Graduate Theological Union
Prof. Gabriele Fassbeck
University of Alabama
Prof. Maarten Ultee
University of Alabama
Prof. Julie Ingersoll
University of North Florida
Prof. Juergen Zangenberg
Bergische Universitaet, Germany
Prof. Paul Bartrop
Deakin University, Australia
Prof. Amilcar Shabazz
University of Alabama
Prof. Robert Stephens
University of Northern Iowa
Prof. Jay Geller
Vanderbilt University
Prof. Jim Knight
University of Alabama
Prof. Hank Lazer
University of Alabama
Prof. William Arnal
University of Regina, Canada
Prof. Darlene Juschka
University of Regina, Canada
Prof. Kurtis Schaeffer
University of Virginia
Prof. Utz McKnight
University of Alabama
Prof. Alexis McCrossen
Southern Methodist University
Prof. Eric Bain-Selbo
Lebanon Valley College
(This event was organized by American Studies and co-sponsored by REL)
Prof. Josephine Nhongo-Simbanegavi
University of Alabama
Prof. Ted Miller
University of Alabama
Prof. Herb Berg
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Prof. Steven Ramey
University of Alabama
Prof. George McClure
University of Alabama
Prof. Hayden White
Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz
Prof. David R. Bains
Samford University
Respondent: Prof. Mark McCormick
Stillman College/University of Alabama
Prof. Kurtis Schaeffer
University of Virginia
Prof. Rekha Nath
University of Alabama
Prof. Jennifer Shoaff
University of Alabama
Prof. Aaron Simmons
Furman University
Prof. Gregg Lambert
Syracuse University
Prof. Greg Johnson
University of Colorado at Boulder
Prof. Naomi Goldenberg
Univeristy of Ottawa
Prof. David Watt
Temple University
Prof. Richard Newton
Elizabethtown College
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