Lecture 7pm - 8pm / with reception from 6pm - 7 pm
“Queer religion” is a phrase with too many meanings—perhaps because each of its terms is a riddle. When they are put together, they often mean the beliefs or ceremonies of people who count themselves queer in one way or another. The phrase then covers a wide range from theological debates within organized religions to studies of impromptu rituals. At other times, more rarely, the phrase claims an intrinsic connection between spirituality and dissents from sexual or gender norms. Writers use this second sense of “queer religion” to advocate for fabulous mythologies and vivid rites—not to say, radical reforms of language. If there is an intrinsic connection to spirituality, what does that imply about who is queer? And how might it alter our understanding—or misunderstanding—of being religious?
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The Loy H. Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies, the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture series at UNC Charlotte, was established in 1984 to honor the distinguished career and service of its namesake, the first chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte. Witherspoon was professor emeritus of philosophy and religion when he died Jan. 15, 2017.
New Security Measures at the UNC Charlotte Center City Building.
All visitors must check in at front desk
All UNC Charlotte visitors must wear their UNC Charlotte ID with them while in the building.
Lanyards available at front desk.
See this page for more information
While the new parking deck is under construction, only faculty and staff have permisstion to park in the lots adjacent to the building. Faculty and staff will need to make sure they have the parking permission already on their parking profile. Please visit the UNC Charlotte Pats website to determine of you have permission.
Due to construction and other activity surrounding UNC Charlotte Center City, parking is extremely limited. The parking lots adjacent to Center City (422 E. 9th Street and 319 E. 9th Street) are currently reserved for faculty, staff and students with a University-issued parking permit. Please encourage visitors to prepare and plan for their visit to Center City, including consideration of carpooling and ride services.
Event Parking: pay-to-park
Visitor parking for events is currently not available. There are a number of pay-to-park options within walking distance of Center City. Seventh Street Parking Deck is a short walk through First Ward Park. Visitors can pay to park by the hour. Additional pay-to-park options can be found on the Preferred Parking website. The closest of these is 422 E 9th Street on the corner of 9th and Brevard Street.. Other nearby lots are at 8th & College, 9th & College, and 9th & Tryon. There are metered spaces on Brevard and 8th Street to pay during the day. These meters are free after 6pm weekdays and all day on weekends. Please visit the UNC Charlotte website for more information.