Dr. Jennifer Glancy Selected as Inaugural McDevitt-Core Professor

Following an internal search, Religious Studies Professor Jennifer Glancy has been selected as the inaugural McDevitt-Core Professor for her proposed lecture series and course entitled, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses: The Future of Being Human.”  According to Glancy, “In the words of the apostle Paul, the future of the human person is transformation from glory into glory.  But the experience of being human is haunted by specters of other metamorphoses, mutant, alienating, and dehumanizing.  Thinking with and against classic musings on the metamorphic, engaging contemporary questions of science, technology, and culture, “Transfiguration and Other Metamorphoses” will ask the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.”

As McDevitt-Core Professor, Glancy will offer a public lecture series which, in a typical semester, might include one event offering a theological, philosophical, or religious studies perspective on what it means to be human, one event offering either a scientific/technological perspective.

“Dr. Glancy has a stellar history of scholarly work and has been published in the leading journals and publications in her field,” said Dr. Christopher Jones, dean of arts and sciences. “She will set the bar high for future McDevitt-Core Professors.”

Among Dr. Glancy’s research interests are the cultural history of early Christianity, women’s history in antiquity, gender theory, and comparative slavery studies.  She recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant program to develop an interdisciplinary Core course, “What does prayer do?”  She is the author of Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies (Oxford University Press, 2010), Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Facets; Fortress, 2011), Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2002, a History Book Club alternate selection; paperback edition Fortress Press, 2006), and several dozen scholarly articles and chapters.  A member of the faculty at Le Moyne since 1990, she has served as the Catholic Biblical Association Visiting Professor at L’Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem (2004), George & Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the University of Richmond (2008-2010), and as Georg Professor (2000-2003) at Le Moyne, where she has also been honored as both Teacher of the Year and Scholar of the Year.

“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Glancy on this tremendous honor,” said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura.  “She will excel in this role, as she has in all that she has done during her tenure at the College.”

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