Religion & Philosophy Speakers

The Department of Religion & Philosophy regularly invites philosophers and scholars of religion to speak on campus. Including Lectures, open conversations, and informal debates, the speakers engage both students and faculty in the wider conversations that motivate the study of specific issues in the lives of religious people and philosophical discussions of the basic human condition. Speakers frequently address issues relevant to the place of both religion and philosophy in the both politics and popular culture.



  • Charles Long, Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of California, Santa Barbara - “Critical Perspectives on the Study of Religion in the 21st Century”


  •  A Debate with Thomas J. J. Altizer and John D. Caputo - "The Death of God vs. the Desire for God"
  • Jan Willis, Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University - “Dreaming of Me: An African-American Woman’s Spiritual Journey”


  • Chris Hedges, Pulitzer prize-winning war correspondent - “War is a Force that Gives us Meaning” 
  • Jeffrey Stout, Professor of Religion, Princeton University - “The Spirit of Democracy”
  • Alan Wolfe, Professor of Political Science, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College - “The Future of the American Culture War”


  • Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University - “The Dare of Democracy: Faith, Fear and Freedom” 
  • A Conversation with Gianni Vattimo on “Nihilism and Democracy”
  • Arvind-Pal Mandair, S.C.S.B. Endowed Professor of Sikh Studies, The University of Michigan - “Religion, Secularism, and Democracy in India”


  • A Conversation with Slavoj Zizek on “The Post-Human Condition”


  • H. Peter Steeves, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. - “The Wired for War Show”


  • A Conversation with Philip Goodchild on "Religion and Capitalism”



  • John Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University, on "The Future of Continental Philosophy of Religion”



  • Catherine Malabou on "What is a Pyschic Event? The New Materialism and Neruo-philosophy”
  • George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University, on "Teaching about Race in a Predominantly White Classroom"
  • Eric G. Wilson, Professor of English at Wake Forest University, on "Against Happiness"
  • Christine Vitrano, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, on "A Conversation about Happiness"



  • Graham Harman, Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo, on "Speculative Realism and Contemporary Philosophy”
  • Monica Coleman, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology, on "Understanding Religious Outsiders: How Process Thought Draws the Circle Wider "
  • J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies, on "Postracial Blues: Religion and Race in Contemporary America"
  • Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University, on "Pan(iced)theism: On God and Gender.”



  • Sokthan Yeng, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Adelphi University, on "Luce Irigaray's Mediations on Sexual Difference”
  • Gaetano Chiurazzi, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy: "Truth and Liberation"