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Gish to host lecture on sexual purity in the United States

This Thursday, WKU has the honor of hosting a lecture from Professor Elizabeth Gish. Gish holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and will complete her doctorate this May with a thesis pertaining to the sexual purity movement in the United States.  She is exploring concepts such as religion’s position in the public sphere and the influence religion has on public policy and Democracy.

Professor Gish has taught at WKU since 2011 and primarily teaches The Honors Citizen and Self course, although she occasionally teaches Religion and Philosophy courses. This semester she is also instructing a course in contemporary American religion. Professor Gish says that she likes to think of teaching and lecturing as “creating a space for conversation,” adding, “I don’t think people remember lots of raw information, but we remember and we grow when we are asked to engage with things that matter to us.”

In this lecture, Gish will share some of her research on the sexual purity movement in The United States and her thoughts on how this approach to framing religion and how sexuality has shaped our society. “When it comes to this lecture, it is hard to find someone who has not been touched by questions of the relationship between sexuality, relationships, faith, and the church,” said Gish. She also plans to invite those in attendance to ask questions and participate in an open discussion. The lecture will take place this Thursday, February 28th in McLean Hall community room at 7:00 pm.

Arete contribution submitted by Callie Mobeley

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