Supported by the Charles P. Scott Endowment, the Religion Department regularly sponsors major lecture series or symposia on a wide range of topics concerning religion. Some examples of these events include
- a lecture by David Little (Harvard University) on the future of religious human rights, with particular attention to the concerns about the "defamation of religion";
- a symposium on immigrant religions in the United States;
- two lecture series on religion and bioethics that brought to campus Gilbert Meilaender, Elliot Dorff, Karen Lebacqz, Ebrahim Moosa, and David Loy.
- a symposium on "The Passion of Christ" as depicted in art, music, literature, and scriptural texts;
- a symposium on "Spirit and Nature," which featured a visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish life and thought is one of the premier lectureships at the College, bringing to campus each year a leading figure in Jewish Studies. This past spring, biblical studies scholar James Kugel (Harvard, Bar Ilan University) lectured on "How to Read the Bible."
Several times a semester, the Religion Department hosts a Student-Faculty Colloquium. These informal gatherings, organized by a student planning committee, represent an opportunity for teachers and students to share a meal and get to know one another, while engaging in energetic conversations about current issues relevant to interest in religion. Sometimes the colloquium conversation is tied to an event on campus, while other times it is prompted by a story in the news. This past year our gatherings featured conversations on fundamentalism, religion and science, and charitable giving (among others). The final colloquium of the year is an annual celebration of our graduating majors, a moment of revelry and humor that has acquired a reputation on campus over time!
In addition to these regular events, the Religion Department hosts or co-hosts numerous other lectures, panel discussions, public readings, and artistic events throughout the academic year. Please visit this page regularly for information on upcoming events sponsored by the Religion Department.