Harvey Cox Is Named
Wellesley College’s Visiting Cornille Professor
June 15, 2005
Wellesley College has named Harvey Cox its 2005-2006 Mary L.
Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities.
Cox is the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University,
where he teaches courses both in the Harvard Divinity School
and for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
“Professor Cox is a renowned scholar and a revered teacher
whose work has won him both a high scholarly reputation and wide
acclaim,” said Timothy Peltason, Director of the Newhouse
Center for the Humanities. “We look forward to welcoming
him to the Wellesley College community.”
In the spring
of 2006, Cox will be in residence at Wellesley and will teach
228, “Fundamentalisms: A Comparative
“Throughout the year, he will lead a faculty seminar on
the problem of evil in the 20th century—its newly global
reach and our increasingly impoverished vocabulary for explaining
and describing it,” said Peltason.
Cox has served
as the Protestant chaplain at Temple University and as director
activities at Oberlin College. He
has written extensively about the interactions of religion, culture
and politics. His most recent book is When Jesus Came to Harvard.
Among his many other books are The Secular City; The Silencing
of Leonardo Buff: The Vatican and the Future of World Christianity;
Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian’s Journey
Through the Jewish Year; and Fire From Heaven: The Rise
of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the
Cox has also been a visiting professor at Brandeis University,
Seminario Bautista de Mexico, the Naropa Institute and the University
the generosity of Mary Cornille DS ’82 and her
husband, Jack Cogan, through their gift to The Wellesley Campaign,
Wellesley established the annual visiting professorship, which
enables the College to attract prominent scholars to campus for
a semester or a year. In addition to teaching a faculty seminar
and an undergraduate course, they participate actively in the intellectual
life of the community.
Past holders of the Cornille Professorship include Edward Ahearn,
professor of comparative literature at Brown University; Neil
Hertz, professor of English and humanities at Johns Hopkins
and Martin Klein, professor of history at the University of Toronto.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing
an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.