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The Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture

Sykes Residence
Sykes Common
4/15/14 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The guest speaker for the Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial lecture will be Dr. Robert Segal, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Robert Segal is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.  Born and educated in the United States, he has been teaching in the United Kingdom for twenty years--twelve at Lancaster University, England, and now eight at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.   He writes and teaches on theories of myth and on theories of religion.   He has written Joseph Campbell:  An Introduction (revised edition 1990), Theorizing About Myth (1999),and Myth:  A Very Short Introduction (2004), which he is currently revising.   He has edited Jung on Mythology (1998), The Myth and Ritual Theory (1998), The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion (2006), and 30 Second Mythology (2012).

The title of the talk is: " Is the Earth a Goddess?"

Gaia is the ancient Greek name for the earth, who in the Greek counterpart to the Genesis creation stories, Hesiod's Theogony, is a goddess.   In the past few decades there has arisen what is called Gaia worship.   Even more, there has arisen the scientific theory, pioneered by James Lovelock, called the Gaia hypothesis.   This talk will consider whether the Gaia hypothesis manages to do what modern theories of myth have failed to do:   reconcile myth with science without removing myth from the physical world.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

7:30 p.m.Sykes Commons

Refreshments to follow

Hosted by the St. Lawrence University Department of Religious Studies