LifeLong Learning Program-Reverencing Other People’s Reverences: The Study of Religion at Colgate University

Colgate University's most distinguished graduate, Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick 1900, exhorted us to practice "the fine art of reverencing other people's reverences."  Colgate's Department of Religion faculty take this exhortation seriously in the study of religion. This series of lectures (to be continued in fall 2020 and spring 2021) will provide examples of this teaching ethos.

· Hopi Ritual Irreverence: To Spring up from a Concealed Place: How do we understand Native American rituals that include performances of apparent irreverence and the flouting of norms? 

· Devi: Stories and Images of Hindu Goddesses: How can narratives about Hindu Goddesses inform our understanding of the relationship between humanity and divinity?

· Islam’s “One God, One Humanity”How can we understand the relationship between Islamic monotheism and Islamic egalitarianism?



Chris Vecsey  (Feb. 5) is Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of the Humanities, Native American Studies, and Religion at Colgate.  Professor Vecsey's primary area of scholarship focuses on American Indian religious history. His presentation comes from a chapter in his book:  Imagine Ourselves Richly: Mythic Narratives of North American Indians (Crossroad 1988). 

Angela Rudert (Feb. 12) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Colgate. Dr. Rudert’s research, teaching and writing focus on religious traditions of South Asia; Hinduism; religious pluralism; women’s religious authority; gurus; and yoga. Her first book is Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Woman-Led Spiritual Community (Lexington 2017).

Megan Brankley Abbas (Feb. 19) is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Colgate. She specializes in the study of modern Islamic thought, the history of Islam in Indonesia, and religion in higher education. She is currently completing her first book, entitled Whose Islam? Western Academia and Modern Islamic Thought in Indonesia.

Please read the following prior to the first class session:

Wednesday, February 19 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Hamilton Public Library, Community Room 13 Broad St., Hamilton, NY 13346


Culture, Global and international, Religion and spirituality, Academics, Arts and Humanities

Event Format

Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.


Free to LifeLong Learning Program members, $5 per class for all others

Lifelong Learning Program
Contact E-mail

Add to Personal calendar
Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity