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Religion scholar to give Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

UGA will host religion researcher Vincent L. Wimbush as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.

During his visit, Wimbush will present the lecture “Scripturalization: A Theory of the Politics of Language” Oct. 23 at 11:15 a.m. in Room 101 of the Miller Learning Center.

Wimbush is a scholar of religion and founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, an independent organization that has advanced a new field of research by studying “scriptures” and “scripturalizing” as cultural phenomena and as analytical wedges for inquiry in discourse, power and social formation.

“We are delighted to host professor Wimbush on our campus,” said Meg Amstutz, associate provost for academic programs. “His insights into signifying scriptures will be of interest to students and faculty in religion, history, African studies and African-American studies as well as many other disciplines.”

Wimbush is the author or editor of more than 12 books, including White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery; Scripturalizing the Human: The Written as the Political; MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference; Theorizing Scriptures; and African Americans and the Bible. He is also executive producer of the documentary Finding God in the City of Angels.