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Feb. 14, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Carol Wayne White, associate professor of religion at Bucknell University, will give the annual Class of 1956 Lecture Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Formal Living Room of Hunt Hall at Bucknell.

The lecture, "Artful, All too Artful: Re-Inscripting `Religion'," is open to the public without charge.

In the lecture, White will address current theoretical shifts in Western thought that provide new ways of conceiving and understanding Western religious discourse as an important type of humanistic enquiry.

Established by the Class of 1956 as a graduation gift to the university, the lectureship is awarded to a member of the faculty in recognition of inspirational teaching.

With the university since 1992, White specializes in the philosophy of religion. She was recognized for "critical intelligence, inspiring creativity, an impressive breadth of knowledge and consistent excellence" through which she "motivates students to master complex religious and philosophical ideas."

A graduate of Loyola College, she holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, and Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver.

White is the author of numerous articles addressing issues of race, gender and sexuality within religious scholarship as well as the book Triangulating Positions: Post-structuralism, Feminism and Religion. She is working on a book addressing the philosophical and religious naturalism of Anne Conway, a 17th-century English philosopher.

The recipient of a Templeton Science and Religion Award to advance her interest in the intersection of science and religion, White also has received an Oxford Summer Fellowship in Religion and Science and, most recently an NEH research grant to explore the impact of critical theory on religion in North America.


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