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The Arthur W. '40 and Anne Hale Johnson "Religion and Ethics in America" Lecture Series

Each year, the Department of Religion invites notable speakers to campus as part of an annual lecture series to expand upon topics learned in the classroom from a contemporary perspective.

Spring 2018

Poster describing symposium with headshots of speakers2018 Symposium: "Women and Religion, Philosophy and Feminism: The Colgate Heritage In Honor of Professors Marilyn Thie and Wanda Warren Berry"

Three public events were enjoyed: “Philosophy and Feminism", Chris J. Cuomo, Professor Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia; Marianne Janack, Chair, Professor of Philosophy, Hamilton College,

"Feminist and Womanist Religious Thought"
Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor of Religion, Emory University

"Women and Religion"
Amy Allocco, Distinguished Emerging Scholar in Religious Studies, Elon University; Teresa Delgado, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Iona College, Member of Colgate University Board of Trustees

Past Lectures

Dr. Kathryn Lofton
Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Yale University
"Trumping Religion: Popular Religion in American Democracy" Fall 2016.

Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee
Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University
"Election 2016: What in God's Name is Going On?" Spring 2016.


Sister Simone Campbell
Executive Director of NETWORK
"Justice Before Charity: Income Disparity Undermining Our Nation," Fall 2013.

Dr. Reza Aslan
Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside
"Ten Years Later: Fighting Islamaphobia and Understanding Muslims," Spring 2012.

Dr. Kecia Ali
Associate Professor of Religion, Boston University
Joint Panel Discussion with Dr. Laurie S. Zoloth, "The Body is Politic: Religion, Ethics, and the Gendered Subject," Spring 2011.

Dr. Noah Feldman
Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard University
Debate with Dr. John Witte, Jr., "The Original Meaning of the Establishment Clause and Its Contemporary Implications," Fall 2009

Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin
Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University
"Surviving the 'Great World House': Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Globalization of an Ethical Ideal," Spring 2015.

Dr. Joanna Brooks
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University
"Mormonism Goes to the Elections: A Candid Talk about Faith and Politics," Fall 2012.

Dr. Laurie S. Zoloth
Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Northwestern University
"Narrative Ethics: The High Stakes of Deriving Bioethics from Midrash," Spring 2011.

Dr. John Witte, Jr.
Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Emory University
"The Calvinist Roots of Constitutional Rights," Fall 2009.

Dr. James H. Cone
Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary
"Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree," Spring 2009.