Thursday, January 26
4:00 - 5:30 PM in Hieronymus Lounge
Cary Howie, Erasmus lecture from the author of Claustrophilia: The Erotics of Enclosure in Medieval Literature
Dr. Cary Howie, Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University has researched extensively in medieval devotional literature and practice, in Christian theology, and in medieval art and sexualities. His most recent book, Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: On the Verge (co-authored with Bill Burgwinkle and published by Manchester University Press) demonstrates Professor Howie’s interest in the complex intersections between the sacred and the sexual. His work continues to explore connections between medieval representations of desires and the desires of our contemporary culture, whether for the divine, or for each other, or for as yet unarticulated experiences.
Marla F. Frederick
Women, Religion and Media
Wednesday, February 8
3:30 - 4:30 pm in Hieronymus Lounge
Marla F. Frederick, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Religion at Harvard University, will offer a lecture focusing on the ethnographic research she is conducting on the ways African-American and African-descended professionals in religious broadcasting make meaning of mediated religion.
Dr. Frederick’s most recent book, Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith, is an ethnographic study of the faith commitments of women in rural North Carolina. This lecture is co-sponsored with the Global Christianity Series.
"Miss Representation" Film Showing and Discussion
Thursday, February 9
7:00 pm in Page MPR
The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and explores the connections between the media’s misrepresentations of women and underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. A Reel Talk Event, co-sponsored with The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, Residence Life, and Communication Studies
Elizabeth A. Clark
"What's the Matter with Marriage? Some Early Christian Answers"
Thursday, February 23
3:30 - 5:00 pm in Hieronymus Lounge
Elizabeth A. Clark, the John Carlisle Kligo Professor of Religion at Duke University, will consider what several writers from late antiquity say about marriage and celibacy as paradigms for Christian living.
Dr. Clark’s contributions to the study of Christian history have transformed the field of “patristics” to the more vibrant “Christianity in Late Antiquity.” Her most recent book is Founding the Fathers: Early Church History and Protestant Professors in Nineteenth-Century America. Dr. Cheri Larsen Hoeckley will offer a brief response to Dr. Clark before general discussion. Dr. Clark’s lecture is co-sponsored with the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts.
Reading her latest poetry
Tuesday, February 28
4:00 pm in Hieronymus Lounge
Laure-Anne Bosselaar, is a native of Belgium and an internationally known poet, recently retired from the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her most recent book of poems is A New Hunger was selected as an ALA Notable book. Her poems have also been published in Ploughshares, Ohio Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, AGNI, and The Washington Post as well as in numerous anthologies. Westmont students will join Ms. Bosselaar, reading their original work. This event is cosponsored with the English Department.
(Fulbright Scholar, Department of Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley, and Assistant Professor, Literary and Cultural Studies, Tuzla University, Bosnia and Herzegovina), in April 2012.