Wabash Consultant Eugene Gallagher joins Faculty Retreat in August

The Department of Religious Studies received grant support from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religious Studies to facilitate faculty conversations about how to improve the senior capstone seminar and other advanced seminars in the Religious Studies curriculum. Religious Studies faculty will be joined by the Wabash consultant Eugene Gallagher, the Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College, where he has taught since 1978. Trained as a historian of religions, Dr. Gallagher has taught and published widely in the areas of religions of Western antiquity, American religions and comparative religions.  He is a past recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2001) and the Carnegie/CASE Connecticut Professor of the Year (2003), and he served as Faculty Fellow, Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning from 2002-2010.  Dr. Gallagher will join faculty on August 17th for a full day faculty retreat.

“Lethal Religion: The Explosive Mix of Religion and Politics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” Guest Lecture with Dr. Charles Kimball (4/17)

Guest lecture with Dr. Charles Kimball:  Lethal Religion:  The Explosive Mix of Religion and Politics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

April 17th at 7:00pm at the Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty 115)

Religious values have inspired acts of violence: 9/11, the continuing chaos in the Middle East, and the bombing of abortion clinics in the US are all examples.  These events present new challenges to peace, stability, economic vitality, personal safety and freedom.  This lecture will explore the explosive mix of religion and politics today in the three Abrahamic religions.

“Christian Reconstructionism: Biblical Law in Contemporary America” Guest Lecture with Dr. Julie Ingersoll (3/29)

Guest lecture with Dr. Julie Ingersoll on  Christian Reconstructionism:  Biblical Law in Contemporary America

March 29th at 3:30 in Arnold Hall

Christian Reconstructionism is a fifty-year old movement seeking to “exercise dominion” in America, by building a culture based on Biblical Law. With growing influence in some surprising places, Christian Reconstructionism might just be the most important movement you’ve never heard of.


“I Don’t Think about Things I Don’t Think About: The Scopes Trial as Secular Myth” Guest Lecture with Dr. Finbarr Curtis (3/13)

Guest lecture with Dr. Finbarr Curtis on  I Don’t Think about Things I Don’t Think About:  The Scopes Trial as  Secular Myth

March 13 at 3:30 in Tate, 202

Most conventional wisdom about the 1925 Scopes Trial, in which William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow debated whether evolution should be taught in public schools, has been shaped by the 1950s play Inherit the Wind.  In retelling events from the trial to craft a story of popular support for scientific progress, however, the play acts as a kind of secular mythology of an American public sphere that harmonizes respect for science with a free marketplace of ideas.


“Improving The Study Abroad Experience Using the Latest Pedagogy in Religious Studies” Faculty Sabbatical Lecture with Dr. Elijah Siegler (2/21)

Sabattical lecture with Dr. Elijah Siegler on  Improving The Study Abroad Experience Using the Latest Pedagogy in Religious Studies

February 21 at 3:30 in Addlestone Library, room 227

This talk will be of interest to all faculty and administration interested in improving the educational experience of the College’s study abroad  programs, and to all faculty preparing for, or thinking about leading, a study abroad trip, and to those have come back from such a trip and asked themselves “well, what happened?”