First Hearst Lecture Series to feature Winnifred Sullivan

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host its first Philosophy and World Religions Heart Lecture of the 2017-18 academic year at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in McCollum Science Hall, Room 137.

Winnifred Sullivan, professor of religion and affiliate professor of law at Indiana University, will discuss "Death—Qualifying the Jury, Constituting the People," which describes the jury's distinctive role in the administration of the death penalty in the U.S. She will consider the effect of efforts by U.S. courts to secularize and rationalize the process by banning both the Bible and biblical words from the death penalty trial and insisting on an entirely individualized decision by each juror.

Sullivan studies religion as a broad and complex social phenomenon that both generates law and is regulated by law. She is trained both as a lawyer and a scholar of religion, having received her J.D. and Ph.D. in religion from the University of Chicago. She is the author of "The Impossibility of Religious Freedom," "Prison Religion: Faith-Based Reform and the Constitution" and "A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and the Law." She is also co-editor of "Politics of Religious Freedom."

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hearst Lecture Series and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions.


Jerry Soneson, department head, Department of Philosophy and World Religions, 319-273-6221,