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Colgate University President to Discuss Religious Life in the Liberal Arts

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 21, 2005) — Religion scholar and Colgate University president Rebecca S. Chopp will address the changing nature of religious life in the secular context of a liberal arts education, in her talk "Religion, Faith, Spirituality, and the Liberal Arts," on Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall room 200. Chopp's lecture and discussion continue a yearlong series of events commemorating the centennial of the Vassar College chapel.

A widely respected scholar of religion in American culture, Chopp was the dean of the Yale Divinity School before joining Colgate in 2002 as both president and professor of philosophy and religion. Her numerous writings range across women's studies, Christian theology, and the role of religion in American life, including the books The Praxis of Suffering: an Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies (1986), The Power to Speak: Feminism, Language, God (1989), and Differing Horizons: Feminist Theory and Theology (1997, co-edited with Sheila Davaney).

President Chopp has been editor of The Quarterly Review, Religious Studies Review, and The Christian Century, and served on the editorial boards of six other journals of religious and theological studies. She was president of the American Academy of Religion and chair of Women in Leadership in Theological Education of the Association of Theological Schools.

Chopp's recent work focuses on the changing structures and cultures of higher education, on the role of liberal arts in democratic society, and on supporting faculty in teaching and research. Her career includes fifteen years at Emory University, where she was provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, director of graduate studies for the Institute of Women's Studies, dean of faculty and academic affairs at the Candler School, and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Theology. She is currently working with Susan Frost, vice president for strategic development at Emory, on a book about academic leadership.

Rebecca Chopp received her B.A. from Kansas Wesleyan University, her M.Div. from St. Paul School of Theology, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Among the many community and professional groups and associations she has served, she is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation.

For more information contact Sam Speers, Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, at 845-437-5550. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 21, 2005