Dr. Jeffrey Robbins

Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins Chosen to Serve as External Scholar for Siena College’s Symposium on a Living Philosopher

Journal for Cultural and Religious TheoryLVC Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy Dr. Jeffrey W. Robbins has been chosen to serve as the "external scholar" for the Siena Symposium on Living Philosophers during the 2009-2010 academic year. The seminar is a unique undergraduate learning experience that has been established to emphasize collaborative learning and extend the traditional learning community. Approximately 15 students enroll in a yearlong 4-credit seminar to work with a team of faculty. The aim is for the students to be brought to a level where they can converse with the featured philosopher. The 2009-2010 seminar is devoted to the philosophical work of John D. Caputo, the Thomas J. Watson Chair of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. Professor Caputo is a world-renowned philosopher of religion who specializes in approaches to religion and theology in the light of contemporary phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction.

The Sleeping Giant Has AwokenAfter the Death of GodAs the external scholar, Robbins is involved in the design and teaching of the seminar. Robbins was selected for this appointment on the basis of his teaching and scholarship. Because LVC is known to be committed to small class sizes and personal student-teacher interaction and collaboration, the philosophy faculty at Siena believed Robbins would have the appropriate understanding of the needs of students at a small liberal arts college. As a scholar, Robbins has been recognized as a leading national expert in contemporary religious thought and continental philosophy of religion. In addition, he has garnered critical attention for his collaboration with Professor Caputo as the two have worked as editors for the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and have been involved with two separate book projects—“After the Death of God” (Columbia University Press, 2007) and “The Sleeping Giant Has Awoken: The New Politics of Religion in the United States” (Continuum, 2008).

Robbins explained the significance of this appointment in these terms, “Not only was I personally honored by the invitation to participate in this seminar, but I also believe it is an exciting and important model for faculty-student collaboration in the humanities that I hope to incorporate into our curriculum and educational experience here at LVC.”

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