Dickinson Distinguished Lecture

The Dickinson Distinguished Lecture is presented annually by a distinguished scholar who has made a significant impact upon the study of religion. In addition to presenting a public lecture to the community, the visiting scholar engages with students in the Dickinson seminar and critiques their papers.

Previous Dickinson Fellows

TermFaculty InstructorDickinson Lecture TitleDistinguished Visitor
12FSusannah HeschelEastern Wisdom in an Era of Despair: Orientalism in 1920s Central EuropeSuzanne Marchand (Louisiana State University)
12SNancy FrankenberryJoseph Smith and the Discovery of the Golden PlatesAnn Taves (University of California, Santa Barbara
09SGil RazThis Foreign Religion of Ours: (Mis)Translation East and West, Medieval and ModernStephen R. Bokenkamp (Arizona State University)
08SReiko OhnumaFrom Stone to Flesh: The European Encounter with the BuddhaDonald S. Lopez, Jr. (University of Michigan)
07SSusannah HeschelThe End of History and the Last Jew: Apocalypse and Anti-Semitism from the Middle Ages to Left BehindLisa Lampert-Weissig (University of California, San Diego)
04SReiko OhnumaConvents & Courtesans: Locating Buddhist Nuns in the Cultural & Urban Landscape of Early North IndiaGregory Schopen (UCLA)
03SKent McConnellPicturing Faith:   Religious America in Government Photography, 1935-1943Colleen McDannell (University of Utah)
01FSusannah HeschelBefore the 'Final Solution':   Nazi Ghettoization Policy in Poland, 1939-1945Christopher R. Browning (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
01WAmy HollywoodHow Do I Tell It; Let Me Count the Ways: Representation and the Historian's PromiseEdith Wyschogrod (Rice University)
00SNancy FrankenberryFrom Nothing Until Now: Faith in the Natural History of Our UniverseWillem B. Drees (University of Twente and Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
99WKevin ReinhartReligion and Religious RevolutionsSaid Arjomand (SUNY at Stony Brook)
98SHans H. PennerCannibal Vignettes in the South SeasGananath Obeyesekere (Princeton)
95FIfi AmadiumeViolence, Young Men and the Preparation for RitualMaurice Bloch (London School of Economics)
95SRobert G. HenricksEarly Chinese MythologySarah Allan (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, London)
93FHans H. PennerThe Charisma of Saints and the Cult of Relics, Amulets and Tomb Shrines: A ComparisonStanley Tambiah (Harvard University)
93SSusan AckermanYahweh and the Goddesses of CanaanWilliam G. Dever (University of Arizona)
92FA. Kevin ReinhartWilfred Cantwell Smith and the Study of ReligionWilfred Cantwell Smith (Harvard University)
91SRonald M. GreenAcademic Freedom and Catholic Higher EducationCharles Curran (Auburn University)
90SNancy FrankenberryHow My Mind Has Changed, or Reflections on Catholic Theology TodayDavid Tracy (University of Chicago Divinity School)
88FCharles StinsonThemes of Contemporary Christian ThoughtAvery Dulles (Catholic University of America)
88S Confucianism & ChristianityRobert C. Neville (Boston University)
88WRobert G. HenricksThe Mudwall Saga: Inter-shrine Competition in TaiwanDavid K. Jordan (University of California, San Diego)
87F Mencius & Aquinas: Theories of Virtue and Conceptions of CourageLee H. Yearley (Stanford & Amherst)
87SHans H. PennerRationality and RitualJonathan Z. Smith (University of Chicago)
87WRobert G. HenricksHereditary Rulership in Ancient ChinaAngus C. Graham (SOAS, London)
86WRonald M. GreenRoman Catholic Social Thought in the Twentieth CenturyThomas Sanders, Bryan Hehir, David Hollenbeck
85SRobert A. OdenWays of Reading the BibleJames Barr (Oxford)
85WRobert G. HenricksTaoism: The ReligionMichel Strickmann (University of California, Berkeley)
84WSteven KatzMysticismSeyyid Hussein Nasr
83WStuart BlackburnThe World of Hindu MythologyWendy Doniger O'Flaherty (University of Chicago)
82FRobert G. HenricksThe Hero Pattern and Founders of ReligionsAlan Dundes (University of California, Berkeley)
82SFred BertholdEvangelical ChristianityDonald G. Bloesch (Dubuque Theological Seminary)
81SRonald M. GreenThe Ethical Thought of James GustafsonJames Gustafson (University of Chicago)
80SNancy FrankenberryWomen and Religion: The Writings of Rosemary Radford RuetherRosemary Radford Ruether (Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University)
79SRobert G. HenricksEarly Chinese Thought: The Works of Herrlee G. CreelHerrlee G. Creel (University of Chicago)
78SRobert A. OdenAbraham in History and TraditionJohn Van Seters (University of North Carolina)
77SCharles StinsonThe Thought of William ChristianWilliam Christian (Yale University)
76SRonald M. GreenSpecial Seminar in Paul Ramsey's EthicsPaul Ramsey (Princeton University)
74FHans H. PennerThe Problem of Understanding Another ReligionMelford Spiro (University of California, San Diego)
74WFred BertholdThe Mind/Body Problem in the Thought of H.D. Lewis.H.D. Lewis (Kings College, University of London)
72SFred Berthold
David Adams
Edward Yonan
On the Concept of God: The Work of Schubert OgdenSchubert Ogden (Perkins School of Theology, SMU)