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Religious History Colloquium


The purpose of the colloquium is the facilitation of conversation, debate, thinking across subfields regarding issues relevant to the student of religion and culture, especially for those students engaging in historical work. The colloquium is open to anyone in the Vanderbilt community who wishes to attend—faculty and students alike.  The colloquium meets once a month in the VDS Reading Room from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm during the term.   










Convenor: Paul Lim                                                                                                     Co-Convenor: James Byrd 


RHC Welcomes Dr. Rebecca Kim

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dr. Rebecca Kim, Pepperdine University

Saving the Whites: Korean Missionaries in America

RHC Welcomes Dr. Heather Curtis

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dr. Heather Curtis, Tufts University

Cosmopolitan Compassion? American Evangelicals and the 19th Century Expansion of International Humanitarianism

RHC Welcomes Dr. Gabriel Said Reynolds

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dr. Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame

Noah, the Qur'an and the Bible

RHC Welcomes Dr. Bruce Gordon

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dr. Bruce Gordon, Yale University

The Many Lives of John Calvin's Institutes 

Schedule of Events


September 10, 2015 Maria Doerfler Duke University Jepthah's Daughter: Sarah's Son: Children, Death, and Scripture in Late Antiquity
October 7, 2015 Marla Frederick Harvard University Colored Television: American Religion Gone Global
November 11, 2015 Dominic Erdozain King's College London The Science of Mercy: Voltaire's Troubled Christianity
December 7, 2015 Daniel Boyarin University of California, Berkeley

Was there Judaism in Pre-Modernity? 

January 27, 2016 Rebecca Kim Pepperdine Univesity Saving the Whites: Korean Missionaries in America
February 24, 2016 Heather Curtis Tufts University

Cosmopolitan Compassion? American Evangelicals and the 19th Century Expansion of International Humanitarianism 

March 23, 2016 Gabriel Said Reynolds University of Notre Dame Noah, the Qur'an and the Bible
April 20, 2016 Bruce Gordon Yale University

The Many LIves of John Calvin's Institutes 


2013 -- 2014
September 18, 2013 Karen King Harvard University Martyrdom and its Discontents: Rethinking Religion and Violence in the Formation of Christianity
October 23, 2013 Margo Todd University of Pennsylvania Sex and the Elders: Calvinist Morals Courts and the Double Standard in Early Modern Scotland
November 13, 2013 Derek Chang Cornell University Parallel or Intersecting Tracks? Black Southerners and Chinese Migrants in Late-19th
Century American Religious History.
December 4, 2013 Brandon Bayne University of North Carolina Witnesses to Life and Death: Natural Histories, Martyrdom, and the Jesuit Expulsion from Northern New Spain.
February 13, 2014 Brad Gregory  University of Notre Dame The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
April 16, 2014 Wallace Best Princeton University Concerning ‘Goodbye, Christ’:Langston Hughes, Political Poetry and African American Religion
2012 -- 2013
September 19, 2012 Ed Blum San Diego State University The White Jesus in America: Sacred Myths and Their Racial Masks
  Paul Harvey University of Colorado The White Jesus in America: Sacred Myths and Their Racial Masks
October 17, 2012 Tina Shepardson University of Tennessee Controlling Contested Places: Fourth-Century Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy
December 5, 2012 Achsah Guibbory Barnard College Conversion Anxiety, Messianic Longing, and Christian/Jewish Relations in England and Palestine
January 15, 2013 Jimmy Yu Florida State University Buddhist Blood Writing and Agency in Early Modern China
February 21, 2013 Angela Tarango Trinity University Jesus as the Great Physician: Pentecostal Native Americans Within the Assemblies of God and the New Understandings of Pentecostal Healing
March 20, 2013 Curtis Evans University of Chicago A Stain Upon Our National Honor: The Federal Council of Churches Anti-Lynching Campaign
2011 -- 2012
October 12, 2011 Susan Screiner University of Chicago Are You Alone Wise? The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era
February 22, 2012 Ronnie Hsia Pennsylvania State University The World of Matteo Ricci: Chinese Religions in Jesuit Missions
March 14, 2012 Anthea Butler University of Pennsylvania The Culmination and Demise of the Religious Rights Southern Strategy 1979-2012
2010 -- 2011
September 15, 2010 Mary Watt University of Florida Dante, Columbus, and Stigliani's Mondo Nuovo: Literary Construction and Spiritual Imperialism
October 13, 2010 Robin Jensen Vanderbilt University Orthodoxy and Early Christian Art: Picturing the Divine Trinity
November 10, 2010 David Kyuman Kim Connecticut College Melancholic Freedom and the Spirit of Democracy Revisited
December 8, 2010 Tiffany Patterson Vanderbilt University Religion and the Spiritual World of a Maligned People: Nora Neal Hurston in Haiti
January 19, 2011 Adrian Weimer University of Mississippi Suffering Saints: The Historical Imagination of Persecution in Colonial America
February 16, 2011 Linford Fisher Brown University Atlantic History, Native Americans, and The Great Awakening
March 23, 2011 David Brakke Indiana University Scriptural Practices in Early Christianity: Towards a New History of the New Testament Canon