Paine Lectures

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:

Kristina Buhrman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Florida State University. Invisible Eclipses: Prediction and Ritual in Medieval Japanese Astronomy. August 22, 2017. 

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.

Erin Darby, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Digging the Divine? Female Figurunes and the Archaeology of Israelite Religion. March 19, 2013. 

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