Alice Eckardt Visiting Scholar in Residence

"And That's Why No One Takes the Humaniti­­­­es Seriously"

Please join us for this year’s “Alice Eckardt Visiting Scholar in Residence” featuring Dr. Russell T. McCutcheon, Professor and Chair of The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa’s Department of Religious Studies (studying religion in culture – check out the blog!) who will deliver a plenary address on October 27, 2014 at 6:00pm in Linderman, The Scheler Family Forum Room on the theme of, “And That's Why No One Takes the Humaniti­­­­es Seriously.” 

Following that, join us again on October 28, 2014 for the “Collaborations: Directions in the Study of Religion” conference hosted by Lehigh University’s Department of Religion Studies and featuring Dr. Russell T. McCutcheon as a respondent.

Dr. Russell T. McCutcheon is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he has worked since 2001 (having previously taught at the University of Tennessee and Southwest Missouri State). His research focuses on the politics of category formation, with special attention to the history and modern use of the category “religion" itself. Among his books are his first, Manufacturing Religion (Oxford, 1997) and his most recent essay collection, A Modest Proposal on Method: Essaying the Study of Religion (Brill, forthcoming). He is also a member of a seven person research collaboration, Culture on the Edge, devoted to theorizing identity studies.

The annual Eckardt Scholar In Residence are held in honor of Alice L. Eckardt, B.A., M.A., L.H.D., Professor Emerita of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, where she taught in the Religion Studies Department from 1972-1987. 

Learn more about Dr. McCutcheon here. Keep up with his work at Culture on the Edge, here and here!

The Eckardt Scholar in Residence Lecture this year serves as the plenary for the 2014 Religion Conference "Collaborations: Directions in the Study of Relgion"