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Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: Diana Butler Bass


Oct 12 2022


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Goodson Chapel

Duke Divinity School

Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: Christianity and its future

with Diana Butler Bass and Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

Join us on Wednesday, October 12, at 4:00 p.m. in Goodson Chapel as we welcome Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., for a conversation about the future of Christianity.

Dr. Bass, who received her doctorate in Religious Studies from Duke, is an award-winning speaker and widely-acclaimed commentator on religion and contemporary spirituality. She will be in conversation with Elizabeth Schrader Polczer, doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at Duke and the 2022-23 Anne Firor Scott Public Scholarship Fellow. This is the first in Schrader's four-part series, "Contemporary Conversations in Christianity."

A light outdoor reception will follow.

Free and open to the public. Support for this event comes from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with additional assistance from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate Program in Religion, and the Alumni Engagement Fund at Duke University.

To help us meet the needs of our community, we request that you register for this event. Registration will help ensure that we have ample parking and support for the event. Please register by 5 pm October 11 if you need parking. We will email you with parking information.

This is an in-person only event. We encourage attendees to wear masks in order to keep our community safe.

Update October 12, 7:00 am: Registration is now closed. If you have not registered for this event, you are still very welcome to attend. We will be unable to provide any additional assistance with parking today, but Duke's visitor lots will be open. Guests who did not register and plan to park in the Bryan Center garage (PG IV) should enter the garage through the regular visitor entrance off of the surface lot.


Contemporary Conversations in Christianity

#1: Christianity and its Future
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D.

Wed, Oct 12, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#2: Christianity and Women
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D.

Wed, Nov 16, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#3: Christianity and Whiteness
Khyati Joshi, Ph.D. 

Wed, Feb 15, 4 pm

#4: Christianity and the LGBTQ Community
James Martin, S.J.

Wed, Apr 5, 4 pm



Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. She holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eleven books. Her bylines include The New York Times, the Washington…...

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Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

Duke University

Elizabeth Schrader Polczer is a doctoral candidate in Early Christianity in the Graduate Program in Religion. Her research interests include textual criticism, the New Testament Gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, and Mary Magdalene. She holds an M.A. and an S.T.M. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Her work…...

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