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2021 Borsch Rast Lecture

Thursday, April 22nd 2021, 5:00pm
Online Event, 2400 Ridge Rd Berkeley, CA 94709

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that Dr. Devin Zuber, Associate Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature at the GTU, has been awarded the fourth annual Borsch-Rast Book Prize and Lectureship for his 2019 monograph, A Language of Things: Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination (University of Virginia Press). 

In his award-winning book, Dr. Zuber examines the impact that Scandinavian scientist-turned-mystic Emanuel Swedenborg made on American culture, literature, and approaches to nature. By tracing the ways that Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Sarah Orne Jewett, among others, responded to Swedenborg, Dr. Zuber illuminates the complex dynamic that came to unfold between the religious, the literary, and the ecological in nineteenth century culture.

Dr. Zuber will be in conversation with Dr. Niklaus Largier, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University, on April 22nd at 5:00pm. Dr. Rita Sherma, Director of the GTU’s Center for Dharma Studies and Co-Director of Sustainability 360, will moderate.

Register via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-borsch-rast-lecture-tickets-135744969859

This event is online only