Each year the Merrick Lecture Series brings to campus a renowned scholar of religion or philosophy for talks and for one-on-one discussion with students. In the past decade, speakers have included Gene Outka, Michael Novak, and James Charlesworth. Through additional University programs, prominent lecturers from France, Yugoslavia, and the United States have also visited our campus. Also, various lecture series at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio provide opportunities to hear eminent theologians.

The Merrick Lecture was founded by Frederick Merrick, Professor and Second President of Ohio Wesleyan University. They are in the area of "experimental and practical religion." It constitutes the oldest running series at the University.




2019 Vasudha Narayanan, Ph.D.
“Who Owns a Story? Global Religions and Cultural Territoriality”
2018 Carol Newsom, Ph.D.
“Hope in a Time of Climate Change: A Conversation between the Bible and Science”
2017  Paul C.H. Lim, Ph.D. “Global Christianity and War on Human Trafficking: Snapshots from America, India, and Korea.” 
2015 (Fall) Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.               "An Uncommon Faith: Pragmatism and Religion"
2015 (Spring)         Christiane Gruber       "Prophetic Products: The Prophet Muhammad in Contemporary Iranian Visual Culture"
2013 Robin Jensen "Ritual Spaces and Holy Places: The Archaeological Evidence for Ancient African Christianity"
2012 Laura Lieber "Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight: Scriptural Drama and Biblical Playfulness in Antiquity"
2011 Lori Meeks "'Talking Past' Androcentric Religious Discourse: Gender, Agency, and Ideology in Medieval Japanese Buddhism"
2010 David Frankfurter "Exorcising the World: New Perspectives on Christianization and Culture"
2009 Daniel T. Spencer "The Greening of Religion: Religions' [Re]Encounter with the Earth and Its Distress"
2008 Jason C. Bivins "'Like Beating the Dog:' Religion, Fear and American Democracy"



Department Contact Info


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Department Contact

Chair: Dr. Susan Gunasti
Associate Professor of Religion
Phillips Hall 219

Academic Assistant: Kandi Akers
Phillips Hall 52