Roetzel Family Lecture

Since 2011, the Religious Studies Program has been proud to invite exceptional scholars of religion to give the Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies.

From 2005 to 2010, Calvin Roetzel served as the Sundet Chair for New Testament and Christian Studies in the Department of Classical & Near Eastern Studies. During that period, he co-chaired the curriculum committee that created the Religious Studies Program.

Past Lectures

Name of Lecturer, Year, & Affiliation Title of Lecture
Mohammad Hassan Khalil
Michigan State University
“Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question”
Winnifed Fallers Sullivan
Indiana University
“Teaching Religion in Public: Re-reading Abington v Schempp for the twenty-first century”
Allison Collis Greene
Mississippi State University
“We Didn't Know We Was Poor': Southern Churches, the New Deal, and the Myth of Redemptive Depression”
Barbara Ambros
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
“A Rite of Their Own: Japanese Buddhist Nuns and the Veneration of Ananda”
Bron Taylor
University of Florida
“Spirituality After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion and the Future of Religion and Nature”
Paula F. Fredriksen
Hebrew University
“Paul, Pagans, and the Redemption of Israel”
Jon Butler
Yale University
“God in Gotham? Spiritual Terror in the Capital of American Secularism”
James Stewart
Macalester College
“The Challenge of Slavery and the Religious Imagination”