Distinguished Professor and Author Will Speak at Baylor University

Oct. 26, 2010

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Baylor University department of religion will host Dr. Tomoko Masuzawa as the guest speaker at the McGee Endowed Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Miller Chapel at Tidwell Bible Building.

Masuzawa will speak on "From Diversity to Plurality: How 'Religion' became 'Religious' in Two Hundred Years."

Masuzawa is professor of history and comparative literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her primary interest is the history of modern European discourses on religion, focused particularly on academic and secular discourses.

Masuzawa wrote the articles, In Search of Dreamtime: the Quest for the Origin of Religion and The Invention of World Religions: Or How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism, which were published by the University of Chicago Press.

Masuzawa is a 2010 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., where she is participating in the Secularism Seminar at the Institute.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information on the department of religion, visit www.baylor.edu/religion.

Tidwell Bible Building is at 1600 Speight Ave.

by Alison Higgins, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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