Leading Sociologists Peter Berger and Christian Smith to Speak at The King's College
New York--Peter Berger and Christian Smith will address students during Interregnum on November 1 and 2. Berger and Smith are two of the nationís foremost scholars of religion and modern society.
Berger is the Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. He is widely known for his writing on the sociology of religion and is the author of numerous books which have been translated into dozens of foreign languages; including "The Sacred Canopy," "A Rumor of Angels," and "The Social Construction of Reality" (with Thomas Luckmann). He previously taught at the New School for Social Research, Rutgers University and Boston College. Professor Berger will speak to the students on the evening of November 1.
Christian Smith is the Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Currently he is studying the religious and spiritual practices and commitments of contemporary American adolescents in a project sponsored by the National Study of Youth and Religion. Smith is co-author of "American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving" and "Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America," which won the 2001 Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Professor Smith will speak to the students on November 2.
Interregnum is a mid-semester special focus event during which TKC students explore a single topic of national importance. This fall Interregnum focuses on secularism. The two-day event is arranged mostly by students and, in addition to the lectures by distinguished scholars, consists of readings, short talks, debates, and performances by students. Interregnum is an opportunity for students at The Kingís College to exercise intellectual leadership by devising their own intensive examination of a complex problem in contemporary society.
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