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Past Speaker Series Events

Liquid Scripture: The Bible in a Digital World
Dr. Jeffrey Siker, Loyola Marymount University
Tues., Feb. 21, 2017

Not Your Farmer’s Almanac: Navigating Life and Death in Early America
Dr. T.J. Tomlin, Northern Colorado University
Tues., Oct. 18, 2016

Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims in the Late Ottoman Empire
Dr. Lale Can, Assistant Professor of History, The City College of New York, CUNY
Tues., Oct. 4, 2016

Ethics, Religion, and the Law: A Symposium in Honor of Lewis T. Booker
Cathleen Kaveny, Professor of Law, Boston College; John Kelsay, Distinguished Research Professor, Florida State University and Shari Motro, Professor of Law, University of Richmond
Thurs., April 7, 4:30 p.m.

For Love and Mercy: Exploring Matrimonial Practices in American Muslim Communities
Dr. Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wed., March 2, 5:00 p.m.

Talking Gravestones: Speaking with the Dead in Early New England
Dr. Erik R. Seeman, History Department, University of Buffalo
Tues., February 23, 5:00 p.m.

The Relic and Its Witness: Gaze and Display as Islamic Practice
Dr. Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University
Tues., Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.

The Sectarian Milieu: Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan as Nodes in a Simmering Network
Hossein Kamaly, Barnard College
November 11, 2013

They're Freaks!: The Depiction of Cults in Fictional Television
Visiting Distinguished N.E.H. Professor Lynn Neal, Wake Forest University
October 28, 2013

On the Nature of Clean Water
Dr. Mark Murphy
October 21, 2013

Intoxicated with Love: Islamic mysticism and the poetry of Attar and Rumi
Mimi Hanaoka, University of Richmond
Monday, September 16, 2013

Ethics, Religion & War: 21st Century Challenge
John Kelsay, Florida State University; Reuven Firestone, Hebrew Union College; Daniel Bell, Lutheran Southern Seminary
April 4, 2013

Religion, Media and the Middle East: Reporting the Arab Spring
Liam Stack, journalist for the New York Times
March 21, 2013

Religious Studies Colloquium
Michael Pregill, Elon University

Why There are So Few Muslim Terrorists
Charles Kurzman

Daoist Spirits and Zen Spirituality
Chad Hansen, University of Hong Kong
October 31, 2012

A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects
Brent Plate, Hamilton College

Religious Studies Department Colloquium
B. Diane Lipsett, Wake Forest Divinity

The Mystic and the Moon-Woman: A Case Study in 17th Century Religious Experience
David Halperin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
November 1, 2011

Halloween's Strangest Visitor: The UFO Alien
David Halperin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
October 31, 2011

The Politics of War in Early Christianity
George Demacopoulos, Fordham University
September 29, 2011

Religious Studies Symposium: Studying Religion in America
Philip Gura, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Daniel Pals, University of Miami; Wayne Proudfoot, Columbia University
April 15, 2011

Music and Emotion in Worship: Have we anything to fear?
Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity School
November 16, 2009

America in Afghanistan: Limits of Just War Action
John Kelsay, Florida State University
November 4, 2009

The Third Nuclear Age: Political and Moral Complexity
Bryan Hehir, Harvard University
October 29, 2009

Are Queer Women Religious? Understanding Where they go and Why
Melissa Wilcox, Whitman College
October 20, 2009

The Seductions of Prayer in the Confessions of Augustine
Karmen MacKendrick, Le Moyne College
March 30, 2009

American Muslim Women and the Process of Unveiling
Farha Ternikar, Le Moyne College
March 26, 2009