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Steelman Lecture with Diana Butler Bass

4:30pm - 6:00pmWait Chapel


Author, speaker, and independent scholar Diana Butler Bass, who specializes in American religion and culture, will give the Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s 2012-2013 Steelman Lecture on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, about her bestselling book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Her lecture is open to the public and will begin at 4:30pm in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest campus. She will speak about the importance, the depth, and the complexity of religion and spirituality in history, culture, and political life.

Following the lecture will be a reception and book signing.

About Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books including the bestselling Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.  Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award and Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY. 

Currently a Chabraja Fellow with the SeaburyNEXT project at Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Diana regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues.  She blogs at The Huffington Post, Washington Post On Faith, Religion News Service, and Patheos.  She comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.  From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.  She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York.  Diana also serves on the boards of the Beatitudes Society and Public Religion Research.

Diana has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. She has taught church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, religion and politics, and congregational studies.

She and her family live in Alexandria, Virginia.  She can be contacted through her website at www.dianabutlerbass.com and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.  

About the Steelman Lectures

The Steelman Lectures, which were endowed in 1998 with a gift from Dr. Standford L. Steelman, a distinguished biochemist from Hickory, North Carolina, were established in honor of his wife Margaret A. Steelman. The endowment invites prominent lecturers of Judeo-Christian theology to the School of Divinity each year. Lecturers in the past have included distinguished speakers Dr. Susan R. Garrett of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Dr. Marcus J. Borg, acclaimed author and theologian. 

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Janice Huesman