Vincent Pecora will give the keynote address, "Religion and the Afterlife of the Novel," on the evening of Friday, May 16. Dr. Pecora is the Gordon B. Hinckley Professor of British Literature and Culture at the University of Utah and the author of Secularization and Cultural Criticism: Religion, Nation, and Modernity (University of Chicago Press, 2006).
A Circle of Readings, featuring Marilyn McEntyre, will be held the evening of Thursday, May 15. Dr. McEntyre is a Fellow at the Gaede Institute, Westmont College, and an Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities, UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program. She is the author of Drawn to the Light: Poems on Rembrandt's Paintings (Eerdmans, 2006).
Communicating Across Faiths
An interfaith panel with Kathleen Moore, Richard Hecht, and Gregory Orfalea will be held Saturday, May 17. Dr. Moore is Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the author of The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain (Oxford University Press, 2010). Dr. Hecht is Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and the author of To Rule Jerusalem (with Roger Friedland, University of California Press, 2000). Greg Orfalea is the author of Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra's Dream and the Founding of California (Scribner, 2014).