Published on April 13, 2015  

Samford University’s Department of Philosophy and Samford's Core Texts Program will host two special lectures by Fordham University professor Christina Gschwandtner April 16. Gschwandtner also will meet with philosophy students during her time at Samford.

At 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel, Gschwandtner will speak on the subject of “Why Postmodernism Might Be Good For Religion." The lecture is the latest in the Core Text Program’s “Making Sense of Modernity” series.

At 3 p.m. in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall, she will present the lecture "In Defense of Liturgy: On the Meaning of Religious Practices."

Both events are open to the public.

Gschwandtner is a leading scholar in contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, as well as a creative voice in the areas of Philosophical Hermeneutics and Phenomenology. Her extensive list of publications includes several significant interpretations of Jean-Luc Marion, a leading French philosopher/theologian, of Paul Ricoeur, an influential French phenomenological hermeneuticist, and, most recently, of the theme of liturgy as it relates philosophically and theologically to issues of embodiment and ecology.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.