Presentation Title: The Middlebury College Religion Department: Precursors and Founding, Chapel and Academics

Section: New Ways of Organizing IV

Location: , 216

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:30pm - 3:45pm


The minute honoring former Chaplain Charles Scott's retirement from the Religion Department, explains “[Scott] argued that if the religious life was to remain a respected and vital dimension of experience in a College community, there should be a Religion Department...In this way Charles Scott founded the Religion Department.” However, academic courses concerning Religion had been offered for decades by that point, and the Religion Department, named as such had been around for almost ten years. This presentation will explore the place of religion in the academic curriculum from roughly the 1920's through to the 1960's. Starting with the Department of Bible Studies headed briefly by President Moody, moving on to President Stratton's appointment and the start of the non-president chaplain, ending with the Charley Scott's arrival, the end of the mandatory chapel program, and the creation of the major in Religion.


Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Religion

Presentation Topic: Education

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Peterson, William Per Gustaf
Major(s): Religion
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Rochford, Burke
Dept(s): Religion

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