James W. Richard Lectures

Discussion with Francis X. Clooney, S.J. on his 2017 James W. Richard Lectures, published by UVA Press: Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters

When: Monday, December 14, 2020, 5 – 6:30pm
Where: Zoom (Registration required. See link below.)
Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions
Contact: (617) 495-4476

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requiredRegister

Please join us as Francis X. Clooney, S.J., HDS Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, discusses his recent publication, Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters (UVA Press).

Jon D. Levenson (HDS) and Sarah Coakley (Australian Catholic University) will serve as respondents.



Emilie Townes

Vanderbilt University

Date TBD

“Walking Across the Rim Bones—The Chore of our Scholarship”

The anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston crafted the evocative image of walking across the rim bones of nothing in her powerful novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.  These lectures interact with this image to query where it might take us in the work we do as scholars of religion and activism in the academy and society.  The first lecture explores the terrain of the lectures.  The second lecture “queers” the notion of activism using blackness as one lens to do so.  The final lecture explores what is needed to sustain scholarship and activism as necessary tools to engage the issues of our day and fault lines of our disciplines.



Margaret Mitchell

University of Chicago

Date TBD