Fall Academy of Religion Explores Religious Fundamentalisms

Annual lecture series begins this month at The College of Wooster

02 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — This year’s Fall Academy of Religion at The College of Wooster will explore “Religious Fundamentalisms: The Clash of ‘True Believers’” every Wednesday night starting Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 19. The annual lecture series, which is free and open to the public, will feature discussions by five religious studies faculty at Wooster as well as the former Chaplain. The sessions will be held in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.) from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The six-session series, now in its 48th year, will explore “a variety of religious fundamentalisms in an attempt to understand the causes, structures, and psychology of fundamentalist movements with the hope of discovering some way past the impasse and conflict that a world divided by conflicting fundamentalisms has created,” according to Charles Kammer, The James F. Lincoln Professor of Religious Studies at Wooster and academic dean of the Fall Academy.

The series begins on Sept. 14 when Kammer presents “The Fundamentals of Fundamentalism.” The following week (Sept. 21), Jeremy Rapport, associate professor, will discuss “American Reactionary Movements: The Case of Christian Fundamentalism.”

On Sept. 28, the topic will be “Islamic Fundamentalism, Between Neo-Nazis and Neo-Communists,” featuring Sarah Mirza, assistant professor. The fourth lecture will take place on Oct. 5 with Joan Friedman, associate professor, addressing “Strands of Jewish Fundamentalism.”

One week later (Oct. 12), the topic will be “The Tension Between Hindu Universalism and Religious Exclusivism,” presented by Ishwar Harris, the Synod Professor Emeritus. The series will then conclude on Oct. 19 with Linda Morgan- Clement, former Chaplain at Wooster and currently Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life at Lawrence University, discussing “The Interfaith Alternative to Fundamentalism.”

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2473) or email.