Geneva, NY — Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host a conference of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion on April 23 and 24. Scholars and teachers of religious studies from the region, which includes most of New York and Pennsylvania as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, will participate.
The keynote speaker will be Russell McCutcheon from Southwest Missouri State University. McCutcheon is the author of Manufacturing Religion. In addition to his presentation, 20 panel discussions and workshops, involving dozens of participants, will be held over the two days. Several faculty members from Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be involved in those sessions, including Maureen Flynn, Mary Gerhart, Susan Henking, James Henry Holland, and Richard Salter.
Susan Henking, associate professor of religious studies, explains that “religion is something which shapes our everyday life and events world wide. This is a unique opportunity to hear from scholars across religious studies speaking on Islam, Christianity, Asian religions, and other topics — helping us become informed about a major force in our worlds and lives.”
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