Religion Professor Lectured at Harvard

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor in religion, gave an invited lecture on Mircea Eliade April 8 at Harvard University's Center for Government and International Studies.

Eliade, Romanian historian of comparative religion, wrote on a host of subjects and edited the Encyclopedia of Religion during his tenure at the University of Chicago.  His scholarly reputation in recent years has been threatened by discussion of his alleged pro-fascist political activity before and during World War II.

Rennie's lecture, "Mircea Eliade, Facts and Interpretations," addressed the philological, phenomenological, and political facets of Eliade's work and life.

Rennie, who chairs Westminster's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, has been with Westminster since 1992.  He earned an undergraduate degree, master's, and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  He has authored four books and numerous articles on Mircea Eliade.

Contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

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Dr. Bryan Rennie