Lectures Sponsored by the Department
The Religion Department frequently brings in well-known scholars in the field of religious studies to address our students and faculty.
Please view the lectures presented by some of our recent speakers below.
Brett Scharffs delivers the J. M. Dawson lecture on "Human Dignity and the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
Sue Garrett presents the McGee Lecture on “The Golden Rule in Debates Over Slavery and Abortion”
Leah Payne discusses “Contemporary Christians: How Baylor and the Baptists of Waco Shaped the Sound of American Evangelicalism.”
Joao Chaves delivers the J. M. Dawson Lecture entitled “For Jesus, Country, and Robert E. Lee: Not Your Momma’s History of Baptist Missions”
Robin Jensen speaks on “The Demise of Pagan Idols and the Rise of Christian Icons: Art, Cult, and Controversy in the Early Church”
Kelly Iverson delivers the Departmental Lecture, entitled "Performing Early Christian Literature: Foundational Distinctions and Interpretive Possibilities"
Edgardo Colon-Emeric presents the McGee Lecture on "A New 'We': Reconciliation from the American Global South"
Mitch Randall presents the J. M. Dawson Lecture on "Native Reservations: Exploring the Hypocrisy and Hope of Religious Liberty Throughout American History"
Mandy McMichael delivers the Departmental Lecture, entitled "'I'm Every Woman': Miss America and the Religion of Identity."
Jonathan Kaplan discusses "Using Rabbinic Literature to Illuminate the New Testament."
Charles Foster Johnson speaks on "Religious Liberty, the Public School, and the Soul of America" at the Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies' Wamble Symposium
Susan Ackerman delivers the McGee Lecture on "Mothers and Rituals of Childbirth in Ancient Israel"
Chief Judge Maurice Foley speaks on "His Glory, My Story"
Jonathan Tran delivers the Departmental Lecture on "Racism, Politics, Economy, and Tradition"
Brent Landau discusses "Jesus the Shape-Shifter"
Randall Balmer delivers the McGee Endowed Lecture, "The Death of Evangelicalism"
Bill Leonard's presentation "Teaching Dissent: The Witness of the Minority"
Amanda Tyler speaks on "Unity in our Differences: How Commitment to Religious Liberty for All Can Provide a Way Forward"
Erik Carter's address on The Church and People with Disabilities
Melissa Rogers speaking on "Faith in American Public Life"
Blake Burleson delivers the Religion Department's Annual Lecture, "To 'Love Your Neighbor as Yourself': Towards a Pedagogy of Presence in the Classroom"
Edmund Cueva discusses "The Multivalent Genre: Ancient Fiction and Society"
Konrad Schmid's lecture on "How God Became a Lawgiver"
Philip Ziegler's presentation "'God For Us': Bonhoeffer's Ongoing Reformation of the Christian Doctrine of God"
Bill Leonard speaking on "A Theology for Racism: Southern Fundamentalists and the Civil Rights Movement"
Luke Bretherton delivering the McGee lecture on "The People, Populism, and the Church in the Era of Trump"
Elijah Brown speaking on "International Religious Freedom in an Age of Global Religious Revival"
Bill Leonard's address entitled "Redeemer Nation or Lost Cause Religion: Making America Great Again (For the First Time)"
Jane Wilson speaking on "Faith That Sticks" at the Ministry Guidance Workshop
Deirdre Fulton's Religion Department Annual Lecture, "No Bones About It: The Philistines of Ashkelon in the Bible and Archeology"
Kelley Coblentz Bautch speaking on "Rogue Angels and the Origin of Evil: Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Theology"
Amina Wadud speaking on "Combining Spirit, Intellect, and Social Justice for Islamic Reform and a Better World"
Marvin McMickle speaking on "Religious Liberty and Racial Injustice"
Grant Wacker speaking on "Billy Graham and American Political Culture"