Lectures & Scholarship

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Harkness Lecture 2014: “Queer Santas, Holy Violence”


Artist Alma Lopez delivered our annual Harkness Lecture and exhibit her work in the Doug Adams Gallery on October 14, 2014. Alma Lopez is a visual artist and currently, a visiting lecturer at UCLA. Over the last two decades, Lopez’s work has been exhibited in over one hundred national and international solo and group exhibitions. In 1999, […]

Boswell Lecture 2014: “Queer Theology and Social Transformation: Points of Contact, Points of Conflict”


Dr. Jay Michaelson delivered the Seventh Annual CLGS John. E Boswell lecture on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Pacific School of Religion. Abstract: Queer theology holds forth the promise of reinventing theological discourse in the light of LGBTQ experience, queer theory, and a hermeneutic informed by marginalized voices and outsider discourse. But how does the […]

Harkness Lecture 2013: “Borderlands and Disposable Women: Ecological Ruin and the Maquiladora Murders”


Ecofeminists, particularly in the work of Yvonne Gebara, have called Christians to think about the connections between poverty, violence (to Earth and humans), and gender. This lecture examines how this long history of violence and ecological ruin along the U.S./Mexico border theologically has expanded to a femicide that in the last decades has claimed more than two thousand female lives, the majority maquildaorda workers, in the city of Juárez.

Boswell Lecture 2013: “How Does a Queer Feminist Remain a Christian?”


Professor Lisa Isherwood, Director of Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester (UK), delivered the Sixth Annual Boswell Lecture on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, titled, “How Does a Queer Feminist Remain a Christian?” Tensions abound in nearly every word of this lecture’s title – how can one be a feminist and queer or queer and a Christian? How can one need a category such as “woman” in order to give feminism a focus and still wish to queer the notion of women without doing intellectual and emotional contortions?

Harkness Lecture 2012: “Asking About What Is Better: Intersex, Disability, and Inaugurated Eschatology”


Abstract: Intersex conditions, wherein people cannot be categorized as clearly male or female according to current definitions, are often discussed in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities, but might also be figured as a non-pathological physical difference akin to a disability. In this paper I suggest that the overlaps between theological conceptions of […]

Harkness Lecture 2011: “The Gravity of Love: Theopoetics in a Queer World”


Laurel C. Schneider, Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture at Chicago Theological Seminary delivered the second annual Georgia Harkness Lecture. In tribute to Georgia Harkness’s own interest in poetry, Dr. Schneider explores ways in which theopoetics, an emergent mode of theological reflection, can offer pathways for embodied, queer theology that is “other-wise.”