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Stead Center Lecture: Dr. Michael Raposa

The Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Dr. Michael Raposa, professor of religion studies and the E.W. Fairchild professor of American studies at Lehigh University on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, for a guest lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public. 


About Dr. Michael Raposa

Michael L. Raposa joined the Department of Religion Studies at Lehigh in 1985. He has served as chair of the department on three separate occasions. From 2006-2008, he also served as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Raposa taught for four years at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Raposa was born in Westport, Massachusetts and received his undergraduate education at Yale University. After a year of graduate study at the University of Toronto, he returned to Yale and completed his master's degree at the Divinity School there. In 1979, he entered the doctoral program in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned the PhD in 1987.
Raposa's primary research and teaching interests fall within the areas of modern western religious thought and the philosophy of religion. His first book, published in 1989, explored the religious dimension of Charles S. Peirce's philosophy. In 1999, he published a book on the religious significance of boredom, its importance as both a threat and a stimulus to the spiritual life. Most recently, in 2003, Raposa published a volume devoted to the relationship between meditation and the martial arts, both the meditative aspect of certain martial exercises and the martial character of certain classical forms of spirituality.  Presently, he is working on a book entitled "Theosemiotic," an application of Peirce's semiotic theory to certain issues in philosophical theology.
Raposa regularly teaches courses in the philosophy of religion, contemporary theology, Roman Catholic studies, American religious history, and the relationship between religion, science and technology.

October 16, 2018

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

About the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values

An endowed center, the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values draws together seminary resources, graduate professional schools, area pastors, and laity to address the compelling ethical issues facing contemporary society; e.g., technological interventions at the beginning and ending of life; war and religion; the plight of children in the cities; the environment; and human experimentation. It seeks to bring a theological perspective to these issues of ecumenical and international scope. Special lecture series and seminars are among the settings which will bring religious communities, seminary scholars, and university colleagues together with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

The mission of the Stead Center is to promote teaching and research along a range of theological topics and moral issues. It is committed to drawing upon and promoting thoughtful conversation among the church, academy, and society in a manner in which no sharp distinction is drawn between “theory” and “practice.” Or stated more prosaically, the Stead Center is dedicated to the proposition that there is nothing more practical than a good idea, and nothing more ideal than good practice.

For more information, contact Brent Waters, director of the Stead Center, at 847.866.3915 or