Past Events, 2002-03
Recalling his training as an undergraduate Religious
Studies major, he rose to ask the speaker a question...
The Inaugural Aronov Lecture
Each Fall, the Department will sponsor an Aronov
Lecture, delivered by a nationally recognized scholar
of religion capable of exploring the wider relevance of the
academic study of religion to the mission of the public university.
This event is made possible by the Department's Aaron Aronov
Endowment for Judaic Studies.
November 4, 2002
Professor Martin Jaffee
of Comparative Religion
Topic: "Can I Share a Personal Example with You?: Self-Disclosure,
Religious Studies Pedagogy, and the Sceptical Mission of the
Read the essay that first suggested Prof. Jaffee as a possible
Aronov Lecturer, "Fessing
Up in Theory: On Professing and Confessing in the Religious
See the University's
Press Release on Prof. Jaffee's lecture.
American Religion Discussion Group
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Meeting of the American Religion Discussion
The American Religion Discussion Group is a semi-annual gathering
of American religion historians, drawing participants from
colleges and universities in the South, including Clemson,
Vanderbilt, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Georgia,
Samford, Auburn and Alabama. This is the first time that the
University of Alabama has hosted this event. The topic for
discussion at this meeting is the book Wayne Flynt's
Baptists (1998). The meeting will take place in the
Ferguson Center's Anderson Room (on the 3rd floor) from 9:00-12:00.
in Culture Lectures
September 26, 2002
Eddie Glaude Jr.
for the Study of Religion
Topic: "In Search of a Black Public: The Changing Place
of African American Religion during the Interwar Period"
In preparation for this lecture, a faculty group is reading
Prof. Glaude's first book, Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation
in Early Nineteenth Century Black America (2000). This lecture
is made possible by the combined efforts of: American
New College, English,
of the College
of Arts & Sciences, and the Office
of the Provost, as well as through the cooperation of
College, where Prof. Glaude spoke on September 27.
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Professor Willi Braun
of Comparative Literature, Religion, and Film/Media Studies
of Alberta, Canada
Topic: "Reading Myth, Writing History: Historiographical
Reflections on the Study of Early Christianity."
Professor Braun is the author of Feasting
and Social Rhetoric in Luke 14 (1995), co-editor
of the Guide
to the Study of Religion (2000), and longtime editor
of the international scholarly journal, Method
& Theory in the Study of Religion. His seminar
will be held in the Student Services Building (Room 101F).
This event is made possible by the Anonymous Lecture Fund
of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Monday, March 10, 2003
Holocaust survivor Anne Levy
Topic: "Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and
David Duke's Louisianna."
A reception and book signing follows, all of which is held
in 205 Smith Hall at 7 p.m. This event is made possible by
the Department's Aronov Endowment for Judaic Studies.
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Topic: "Creating a National Mythology: Religion, Scholarship,
and the Postcolonial Moment in Germany, 1770-1848."
A brief response to the paper will be delivered by Tim
Murphy, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the
University of Alabama. The event will be held from 3:30-4:30
in the Forum Room of the Ferguson Center (Room 360), with
a reception to follow in the Anderson Room (Room 313). The
event is free and open to the public. This event is made possible
by the Anonymous Lecture Fund of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Monday, March 31, 2003
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
College, Tuscaloosa AL
Topic: "Fifty Years of Fact and Fiction: The Culture
of Biblical Studies and the Creation of History."
Professor McCormick is the author of Palace
and Temple: A Study of Architectural and Verbal Icons
(2002). This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Hall
(Room 205) with a reception to follow in the 2nd floor gallery
of Smith Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and
is made posible by the support of the Department's Aaron Aronov
Endowment for Judaic Studies.