Welcome to the Loyola University Newsroom

Print this page

Catherine Wessinger, Ph.D., presents fall Yamauchi Lecture

Loyola press release - October 11, 2007

(New Orleans)—Catherine Wessinger, Ph.D., professor of the history of religions and Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, will deliver this semester’s Yamauchi Lecture on “Charisma and Credentials: Women's Religious Leadership in America.” The event is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall.

Wessinger teaches courses on world religions, Asian religions, women and religion, and millennialism. She also co-directs the summer study in Dharamsala, India program. Wessinger has published six books, including three relating to women's religious leadership. She is co-general editor of Nova Religio: the Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. She also served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America and served as chair of the New Religious Movements Group, a program unit at the American Academy of Religion from 1991 to 1996. She earned her Ph.D. in the history of religions from the University of Iowa.

The H. James Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series began in 1985 in memory of the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Yamauchi was a former chair of the religious studies department and a Loyola professor for 10 years, from 1956 to 1966. Yamauchi was known and loved for his effective communication of knowledge about religion to the New Orleans community. This lecture series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience. For more information, call the Department of Religious Studies at (504) 865-3943.