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Philosophy & Religion | Durfee Lecture Series

The Annual Durfee Lecture was initiated by a generous gift from Harold A. Durfee and Doris G. Durfee.  Held every spring, the series provides our students and colleagues with the opportunity to meet distinguished thinkers.

Current Lecture
The Religious-Secular Binary as a Space of Pluralism


Slavica Jakelic
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Thought,
Valparaiso University
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
University of Virginia

Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Hughes Formal Lounge

Dr. Slavica Jakelic is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Thought at Valparaiso University. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia; an MTS from the School of Theology at Boston University; and a PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University. Her scholarly interests and publications center on religion and identity, the relationship between of religious and secular humanisms, Christianity in global perspective, interreligious dialogue, and conflict resolution. Previously to joining the Valparaiso University faculty, Dr. Jakelic worked at or had been a fellow of a number of interdisciplinary institutes--the Erasmus Institute for the Culture of Democracy in Croatia; the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University; the Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna, Austria; the Erasmus Institute at the University of Notre Dame; the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago; and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Currently, she is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, where she was a faculty member and co-director of the institute's program on religion for several years.

Dr. Jakelic is a co-editor of two volumes, The Future of the Study of Religion and Crossing Boundaries: From Syria to Slovakia, a co-editor of The Hedgehog Review's issue "After Secularization," and, most recently, the author of Collectivistic Religions: Religion, Choice, and Identity in Late Modernity (2010). She is currently working on a book entitled The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms.


Past Lectures
God's Fifth Abode: Entrepreneurial Faith in the Hindu Himalayas
Brian K. Pennington
Chair, Division of Humanities; Professor of Religion
Maryville College
Islam and Human Rights: Religious and Secular in Conversation
Abdulaziz Sachedina
Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
A for Antigone: Reading Derrida's Differance Again
Amy Hollywood
Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies
 Harvard Divinity School

Sheep Gone Astray:
The Tragic History of the Religious Right

Randall Balmer
Professor of American Religious History
Bernard College, Columbia University

Religion and National Conflict: Reflections on Myanmar, Iraq, and Other Current Examples
David Little
Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and
International Conflict, Harvard Divinity School;
Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Parmenides in the 21st Century
Harold A. Durfee
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy and Religion
American University