Past Events

Can't Help Lovin': Unlikeable Gods in Pop Life

Lehigh University, Williams Hall
Tuesday, October 31 , 2017
7:00 pm

Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

Kathryn Lofton is professor of religious studies, American studies, and history at Yale University where she also serves as the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and the Deputy Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. Her next book-length study will consider the religions of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

Religion in the Media Age

Lehigh University, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
STEWART M. HOOVER, University of Colorado Boulder
Across a range of domains (not least in national and global politics), it has become increasingly important to understand the form, shape, and evolution of contemporary religion. This lecture will argue that to account for contemporary forms of religion, “the religious,” and the range of things we used to think of as religion, it is necessary to account for the media. All religions have always been mediated, but in the 21st century the once-separate domains of “religion” and “media” are rapidly merging, with new practices and technologies transforming relations between the two. The lecture will look at this situation in historical, theoretical, and empirical terms, reviewing the growing interdisciplinary literatures focused on media and religion, with an eye to future directions for the fields of media studies and religious studies.

Alive in the Depths: Transgender Identity and Religious Tradition

Lehigh University, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
JOY LADIN, Yeshiva University
Joy Ladin is often asked how she reconciles being religious with being transgender. In this talk, she will explain how her childhood experience of hiding both her trans identity and her relationship with God has led her to see transgender experience as enriching rather than challenging, opposing or "queering" religious tradition, a perspective she will illustrate by reading the story of Jonah (a man who preferred to die than live as who he was) from a trans perspective. Building on the work of feminist theologians, she will argue that expanding our under-standing of humanity to be more gender-inclusive enables us to expand our understanding of God. 

Tour the LDS Temple in Philadelphia
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) has built its first temple in the state of Pennsylvania. The church allows tours of the temple before its dedication, after which only members of the church in good standing are permitted to enter. The most important ceremonies of Mormon life, such as baptisms, marriages, and family sealings, are performed in the temple. Join the Religion Studies department for a tour of the new temple in Philadelphia on Friday September 2nd. Cosponsored by the Dean of Academic Life, the Chaplain's office, and the IJCU.

Inside the Mind of the Christian Right: A Deep History of the Culture Wars

Lehigh University
Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Watering the Seeds of Peace: Facing Inequality, Violence and War
Moravian College
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:30 pm

Practicing Safe Sects: Having "The Talk" About Religious Reproduction
Lehigh University
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:10 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.