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Conference to honor John Wilson, Oct. 24-25

A conference titled "Reflections on the Study of Religion" will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

The event is intended to honor the long and distinguished career of John Wilson, the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion Emeritus, who served as dean of Princeton's Graduate School from 1994 to 2002. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; morning sessions will take place in 6 Friend Center and afternoon sessions in McCosh 50.

Wilson, who joined the faculty in 1960, retired last June. His colleagues in Princeton's Department of Religion have organized the conference on the academic study of religion. It will feature speakers from Princeton's faculty as well as scholars from other institutions.

Participants will explore questions including: How did religious studies come to be seen as a humanistic discipline to be pursued in the secular colleges and universities? What roles should history, philosophy, theology, gender studies and comparative inquiry play in it? What impact has it had and should it have on other disciplines within the academy and on public life outside the academy?

For more information, visit the conference Web site .

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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