Professor of religious studies Susan Henking gave the annual Sibley Lecture in Philosophy/Religious Studies on Tuesday, April 10 at Alfred University. The talk was entitled “The Queer Reappearance of Religion” and focused on both historical and contemporary connections between religion and sexuality in the United States.
The Sibley Lecture series was established in the memory of Myron Sibley, the first professor of philosophy hired by Alfred University. Sibley taught at Alfred for more than 30 years and was highly regarded as a professor and member of the community.
Henking came to the Colleges in 1988, after teaching appointments at Colgate University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Chicago. She has twice chaired the religious studies department and for a time served as acting provost and dean of faculty for the Colleges.
Henking is a prolific writer, is frequently invited to speak at conferences and religious studies associations and is the series editor for the Teaching Religious Studies series of the American Academy of Religion, the pre-eminent national organization for religious studies teachers and scholars. She is the co-editor of “Que(e)rying Religion, one of the first major anthologies examining the intersection of religion and homosexuality.