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.
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