Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion

Lecture: "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life" by Gene Baur

Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.  A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist.

Sarah Rollens

Sarah E. Rollens is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College. Prior to coming to Rhodes, she taught courses in Religious Studies at University of Toronto, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and University of Alabama. She received her PhD in the Study of Religion in 2013 from University of Toronto. Her dissertation, Framing Social Criticism in the Jesus Movement: The Ideological Project in the Sayings Gospel Q, was published in 2014 by Mohr Siebeck. Her current research project deals with violent imagery in early Christian texts.

Humanities Lecture by John Guillory

John Guillory (NYU): "Monuments and Documents: On the Object of Study in the Humanities," will reflect upon Erwin Panofsky's use of the terms 'monument' and 'document' to describe the works of art studied by the art historian or critic, and on the utility of these terms in describing the object of study across humanities disciplines generally. Guillory (NYU) is best known for his book Cultural Capital, which applied Bourdieu's sociology of aesthetics to debates about canon formation in literary studies.

Erin Dolgoy

Erin Dolgoy is a political scientist, with specializations in political theory and American politics. Her research focuses on the social and political influences of science and technology, in both the early modern period and contemporary American context. She joined the faculty at Rhodes College in 2013 as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Political Science.

She received her PhD from Michigan State University (2013), MAs from Michigan State University (2008) and the University of Alberta (2006), and an HBA from the University of Toronto (2003).  

David Mason

My research wanders around in the overlap of theatre and religion.  Broadly, I think theatre and religion operate similarly and accomplish similar aims.  While doing other things, as well, both develop the conditions out of which emerges heightened experience, or what psychologist Abraham Maslow called “peak experience”.  A shared device by which both phenomena make heightened experiences available is role-play.  Theatre and religion offer adjunct identities, through the playing of which people bring ideal realities into existence.  By playing the “H


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