Lectures & Scholarship

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Boswell Lecture 2016: “The Dancing Mind/Queer Black Bodies”


On April 21, 2016, The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes delivered the Ninth Annual CLGS Boswell Lecture. The video may be viewed on our Vimeo page.

Lecture Abstract: A critique of hypersexualizing queer Black bodies and minds and argues for crafting moral thought that embraces our complex embodiment as gift and opens the door to a more just future for all.

Boswell Lecture 2015: “Liberating Religious Liberty”


Kate Kendell, Esq., Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, delivers CLGS’ Eighth Annual Boswell Lecture as part of CLGS’ Liberating Religious Liberty Symposium event on April 17, 2015. Part II of Boswell Lecture 2015 Part III Part IV Part V Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal […]

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?