Harvard’s Harvey Cox Is Named
Wellesley College’s Visiting Cornille Professor

For immediate release:
June 15, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- 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 Religion 228, “Fundamentalisms: A Comparative Approach.”

“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 of religious 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 Twenty-First Century.

Cox has also been a visiting professor at Brandeis University, Seminario Bautista de Mexico, the Naropa Institute and the University of Michigan.

Thanks to 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 University; 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 difference 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.