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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Religious Studies Guest Speakers

The Department of Religious Studies will be bringing in as well as sponsoring distinguished guest speakers throughout the year. 


October 15 - 16, 2017

Protestant Reformation: 500 Years and Counting

Activities begin on Sunday, October 15 at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts, 3:00 p.m. with "Singing Theologies: Luther and Church Music." Dr. Kristine T. Utterback (Philosophy & Religious Studies) and Dr. Holly Dalrymple (Department of Music) will be assisted by the Laramie Civic Choir and Dr. Klaus D. Hanson (Emeritus and Laramie City Councilman) portraying Martin Luther. Reception to follow.

Monday, October 16, activities as follows:

9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks, American Heritage Center, Stockgrower's Room

9:15 a.m. - First Panel and Initial Address

  • "Returning to Eden: Paracelsus's 'Fortunate Fall' as a Millenarian Response to the Reformation" by Matt Goldish, Samuel M. and Esther Melton of Ohio State University

10:30 a.m. - Reformations and Print Culture

  • "Reforming Ideas and Forming Identities: Print Culture and Identity in the English Reformation(s)"
    • presented by Dr. Erin Abraham, Honors Program, University of Wyoming
  • "Protestants on Paper: What Scottish Writers made of the Reformation"
    • presented by Dr. Caroline McCracken-Flesher, English Department, University of Wyoming

11:30 a.m. - "Reformation Influences: Toppan Library Books (16th through 19th Centuries)"

    • presented by Anne Marie Lane, Rare Books Librarian, AHC, University of Wyoming

Change of Venue for afternoon program, Berry Center, Room 138

2:10 p.m. - Second Panel (Berry Center, Room 138)

  • "Luther and the Jews"
    • presented by Dr. Seth Ward, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Wyoming
  • "The Armada: When Spanish Catholicism and English Protestantism Clashed on the High Seas
    • presented by Dr. Susan Frye, Department of English, University of Wyoming
  • "Reformation Kitsch: Reading Protestantism Through Material Culture"
    • Dr. Tammy Rashel Heise, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies University of Wyoming

4:10 p.m. - Keynote Address by Dr. Phillip Cary, of Eastern University, presenting "How Luther Became Protestant," in the Berry Center, Room 138. 

September 28, 2017

Professor Menachem Mor will present, "Exile and Return in the Samaritan Traditions," on Thursday, September 28, 2017 in the Classroom Building at 5:15 p.m. 

Abstract: The lecture will discuss the Samaritan Traditions about their version of exile and return in the various Samaritan Chronicles. We will compare these traditions with parallel Jewish sources, mainly Biblical sources and Josephus Flavius, to understand the role of exile and return in the Samaritans’ history; and the function of Mount Gerizim in these traditions.

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