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Wanda Warren Berry

Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Emerita


  • BA, 1954, Boston University
  • MDiv., 1957, Yale University
  • PhD, 1982 Syracuse University

Professional Experience

  • 1977–present, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • 2003–present, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, emerita
    • 2003–2004, Director of Women’s Studies
    • 1996–2003, Professor of Philosophy and Religion [part-time]
    • 1995–1997, Director of Affirmative Action
    • 1988, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion [part-time]
    • 1982, Assistant Director of Great Britain Study Group
    • 1982–1988, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion [part-time]
    • 1982–1985, Director of Affirmative Action
    • 1977–1982, Instructor in Philosophy and Religion [part-time]
  • 1976–1977 State University of New York College at Cortland, Lecturer in Philosophy
  • 1967–1971 Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, Instructor in Philosophy and Religion [part-time]
  • 1966-1967 Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York, Lecturer in Philosophy
  • 1962-1966, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, Special Instructor in Philosophy and Religion

Honors, Fellowships, Grants

  • Phi Beta Kappa - Boston University, 1954
  • Danforth Graduate Fellowship for Women, 1972 (-1982)
  • Theta Chi Beta - Syracuse University [Religion Honorary], 1978
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, 1985: "Kierkegaard on Sexuality, Love, and Personal Identity," Atlanta, GA
  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's 1986 summer institute on "Interpreting the Humanities," Geneva, NY
  • 1993 Vice-President/President-elect, Søren Kierkegaard Society
  • 1994 President, Søren Kierkegaard Society
  • Steering Committee, "Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group" of the American Academy of Religion, 1993-1999, Co-chair, 1997-1999
  • Sidney J. and Florence Felton French Teaching Award, 2003, Colgate University
  • Colgate AAUP Professor of the Year, 2018

Courses Taught

  • General Education:
    • Philosophy and Religion; Philosophy, Religion, and Literature; Philosophy, Religion, and Drama
    • Roots of Western Civilization
    • Western Traditions: Continuity and Change
  • Introduction to Philosophy (Cazenovia College and SUNY Cortland)
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Contemporary Issues and Values
  • First-Year Seminars:
    • Contemporary Issues and Values
    • Meaning in Drama: Images of Human Existence in Classical and Contemporary Theater
  • Commitment vs. Cynicism: Modern Experiences of Faith and Despair
  • January Projects:
    • Philosophical and Religious Issues in Tolstoy's War and Peace
      Hedonism and Its Critics
  • Religion and Literature: Drama and Human Existence
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Women and Religion
  • Women's Lives and the Religious Traditions
  • Feminist and Womanist Religious Thought 
  • Women's Studies Seminar:  Feminism and Authorship:  Mary Daly and Rosemary  Radford Ruether
  • Major Religious Authors Seminar: Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Major Religious Authors Seminar: Søren Kierkegaard
  • Major Religious Authors Seminar: Religious Existentialists: Kierkegaard and Buber
  • Love/Power/Justice: Social Ethics and Religious Faith
  • (Spring 2002)  Philosophy and Faith (seminar)
  • Many Independent Studies and Honors Projects on a variety of topics.

Committee Service to the University

in latter part of time at Colgate
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion
    • Recording Secretary (several years)
    • Honors and Awards Committee (several times)
    • Chair, Search Committee (Jewish Studies) 1992-93
    • Search Committee (Early Christian Literature), 1993-1994
    • Chair, Search Committee (Philosophy of Religion- one year) 2001
  • Faculty Nominating Committee
  • Bolton House (Women's Studies House) Advisor/Faculty Fellow
  • Special Committee to Draft Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Residential Life Committee
  • Women's Studies Advisory Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee, 1991–1994
  • Academic Affairs Board, 1994–97, Secretary, 1995–97
  • Committee on Academic Advising 1996–97
  • Committee Service as Director of Affirmative Action, 1995–1997
    • Faculty Committee on Affirmative Action Oversight
    • Staff Committee on Affirmative Action Oversight
    • ALANA (Minority) Affairs Committee
    • Sexual Issues Group
  • Sexual Harassment Panel 1997–1999
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion Committee on Honors: Member and Chair numerous times
  • Steering Committee, Center for Ethics and World Societies, 2000–
  • Research Council, Spring 2002
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, one year in late 1990s or early 2000s

Post-retirement Activities

  • Hospice Volunteer (approximately 2005–2011)
  • Literacy Tutor, Madison County Reads Ahead (about five years?)
  • Town of Hamilton Democratic Committee
    • Chair, (2006(?)–2011/12)
    • Secretary, 2012–?
  • Member Madison County Democratic Committee, circa 2007–2018
    • Chair, Website and Publicity Committee 2016–2018
  • New Yorkers for Verified Voting, 2005–2011?
    • Board of Directors: 2005–
    • Executive Director 2008–?