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Past Events
2012-2013

Prof. Cary Nelson was the 11th annual Aronov Lecturer in 2012-13...

 

 

 

 

The Relevance of the Liberal Arts in the Twenty-First Century Department of Religious Studies

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In this period of accountability and assessment in higher education, with serious competition for limited funds, what can experts in the Humanities and Social Sciences contribute to society and their institutions through their research and pedagogy? In public discourse, the necessity of the Natural Sciences is often cast as self-evident, but what of the liberal arts?

We believe that the disciplines typically associated with the Humanities and Social Sciences need to illustrate more intentionally their necessity and contributions. To that end, this series of public events planned for 2012-2013, and organized by the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, focuses on explicitly addressing the question of the relevance of these disciplines.


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REL's 2012-13 Speakers

Gregg Lambert
Founding Director of the Syracuse Humanities Center
Visiting Campus: Sept 23-25, 2012
Public Lecture: Sept 24, 2012
"The Future of the Humanities"
3:30 in Gorgas 205
Learn more here.
Coming to his lunchtime discussion...?


Greg Johnson
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Visiting Campus: Nov 5-7, 2012
"In the Moment: The Relevance of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Analyzing Religion in Real Time"
Public Lecture: November 6, 2012
3:30 in Gorgas 205
Read an article here.
Coming to his lunchtime discussion...?


Naomi Goldenberg
Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, Univ. of Ottawa
Visiting Campus: February 11-13, 2013
"Why Do Governments Fear 'Religion,' and How Do They Use It?: An Exploration of the Role of 'Religion' in Contemporary Statecraft"
Public Lecture: February 12, 2013
3:30 in Gorgas 205
Watch an interview here.
Coming to her lunchtime discussion...?


David Watt
Associate Professor,
History Department, Temple University
Visiting Campus: March 11, 2013
"Church State Relations in the Contemporary United States"
Public Lecture: March 11, 2013
3:30 in Gorgas 205
Coming to his lunchtime discussion...?


Cary Nelson
Professor, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Visiting Campus: April 7-10, 2013
Aronov Lecture: April 8, 2013
7:00 pm in Gorgas 205
"The Power of the Humanities and the Challenges We Face"
Roundtable Discussion: April 9, 2013
3:30 in Gorgas 205
Watch an interview here.
Coming to his lunchtime discussion...?