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.
2021 Lecture: Father Columba Stewart, OSB, "The Pre-Monastic Ascetic Landscape of Mesopotamia: Marcionites, Manichaeans, and Other Conversation Partners"
Father Columba Stewart, OSB
2020 Phi Beta Kappa Fellow, Benedictine Monk, Executive Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University
2019 "Prophets, Profits, and Pain: The Politics of Prosperity Gospel in Nigeria"
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the graduate chair of Religious Studies
2018: "Reading The Qur'an In America"
Inaugural Director of National and International Outreach
Library of Congress
2017: "Rest, Bullet: Ritual Homecoming Practices among Combat Veterans"
Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Georgia State University
2016: "Locating Contemporary Spirituality: New Thoughts on the Changing American Religious Landscape"
Professor of Religion
2015: "Religious Difference Without Religious Conflict"
Professor of Religion
2014: "The Religious-Secular Binary as a Space of Pluralism"
Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Thought
Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
University of Virginia
2013: "God's Fifth Abode: Entrepreneurial Faith in the Hindu Himalayas"
Brian K. Pennington
Chair, Division of Humanities; Professor of Religion
2012: "Islam and Human Rights: Religious and Secular in Conversation"
Frances Myers Ball Professor of Religious Studies
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2011: "A for Antigone: Reading Derrida's Difference Again"
Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies
Harvard Divinity School
2009: "Sheep Gone Astray: The Tragic History of the Religious Right"
Professor of American Religious History
Bernard College, Columbia University
2008: "Religion and National Conflict: Reflections on Myanmar, Iraq, and Other Current Examples"
Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and
International Conflict, Harvard Divinity School;
Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
2007: "Parmenides in the 21st Century"
Harold A. Durfee
Department of Philosophy and Religion