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Spotlight: 30th Annual Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies

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Spotlight: 30th Annual Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies

Date Published:
Monday, March 17, 2014

An award-winning scholar whose latest research explores the experiences of children and adolescents in the confessional will deliver UNC Charlotte’s 30th annual Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 PM in McKnight Hall, Cone University Center.

The talk by Robert A. Orsi is titled "Secrets of the Confessional: Children, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Making of 20th Century U.S. Catholicism." Orsi is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University and has earned honors for his teaching and research. He is widely recognized for his work on theory and method for studying religion.

"The Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies is the oldest and most distinguished lectureship series at UNC Charlotte," said James D. Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

"The roster of scholars who have given this lecture over the past 29 years reads like a "Who's Who" of notable names in the field of religious studies, including two Gifford Lecturers, numerous holders of distinguished chairs, and several notable authors who are well-known to the public," Tabor said. "Our subject matter has been diverse, touching upon a wide variety of religious traditions and topics, literally covering the globe in terms of the history and importance of religion in our contemporary world."

Orsi is the author of many prize-winning books, among them The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 and Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Rich Remsberg.