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Religion historian to be honoured

Queen's will award University of Chicago professor Jonathan Zittell Smith a Doctor of Divinity at the 2008 Queen's Theological College Spring Convocation. The Convocation will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Grant Hall.

Professor Smith is an extensively published essayist whose work has focused on such wide-ranging subjects as ritual theory, Hellenistic religions, 19th-century Maori cults, and events surrounding the 1977 cult massacre in Jonestown, Guyana. He has published more than 90 essays and articles and is the general editor of the Harper's Dictionary of Religion, to which he has contributed more than 100 entries.

“Jonathan Zittell Smith is one of the most wide-ranging historians of religion,” says the Rev. Jean Stairs, principal of Queen's Theological College. “He observes contemporary society not only in a brilliant and illuminating way, but also with a wry sense of humour and playful spirit.”

For more on this story, see page 2 of the April 28 issue of the Queen's Gazette, also available online at http://qnc.queensu.ca/gaz_online.php.