Paine Lecture

Rufus Monroe and Sofie Hougaard Paine Lectures in Religion


The Rufus Monroe and Sofie Paine Endowment for Lectures in Religion was established by Catherine P. Middlebush as a memorial to her parents.

Recent Paine Lectures:

  • Kent Brintnall, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina
    Forgetting Freud: The Drive for Religion
    April 28, 2017
  • Deonnie Moodie, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Oklahoma.
    Modernizing a Hindu Temple: Kalighat in Colonial and Contemporary Calcutta
    October 14, 2016
  • Brannon Ingram, Assistant Professor of the Religious Studies, Northwestern University
    A Noble Jihad? Debating Politics in the Muslim Anti-Apartheid Movement
    April 19, 2016
  • John Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies, Department of Religious Studies
    The Unsecular Campus: The Diversification of Student Religious Life in America
    March 11, 2016
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Professor, Department of English, Penn State – Brandywine
    The Puzzle of Abbot Islip’s Book, Tudor Pop Music, & Kind Henry’s Lady
    November 6, 2015
  • Kelly Hayes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University-Indianapolis
    Intergalactic Space-Time Travelers: Envisioning the New Age in Brazil’s Valley of the Dawn
    October 16, 2015
  • Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, North Carolina State University.
    Everyday Secularism: Sufi Shrines and Interreligious Dialogue in Modern India.
    April 10, 2015
  • John Modern, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College.
    Adventures in the Religion Machine: Scientology, Structuralism, and William S. Burroughs.
    February 27, 2015.
  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.
    Practice Makes Perfect: Mormons and the Politics of Representation.
    October 20, 2014.
  • Jill Peterfeso, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Guilford College.
    Women Priest: The 21st Century Ordination of Women in Roman Catholicism.
    October 13, 2014.
  • Brad Crowell, Associate Professor of Religion, Drake University.
    King Solomon, An Emperor without an Empire: Toward a Postcolonial Historiography of Ancient Israel.
    September 24, 2014.
  • Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. 
    Do Not Tamper With the Clues: What the Goldman Sachs Group Can Tell Us About Religion.
    March 13, 2014.
  • Michael Zogry, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Kansas.
    Religion & Baseball: Naismith's Game.
    March 4, 2014.
  • David Amponsah, PhD Candidate, Harvard University Committee on the Study of Religion.
    Governance, Witchcraft, and the Debate Over the Public Interest in Colonial Ghana, 1906-1957.
    February 4, 2014.
  • David Walsh, PhD Candidate in Anthropology of Religion, Arizona State University.
    Inviting Fire: Dene Food and Religion in the Subarctic.
    January 28, 2014.
  • Sarah Dees, PhD Candidate in Religious Studies, Indiana University.
    The Study of Native American Religions in the Assimilation Era.
    January 30, 2014
  • Dr. Anne Blankenship, Postdoctoral Fellow, Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis
    Before the Civil Rights Movement: Christian Responses to the Incarceration of Japanese Americans
    February 5, 2013