Distinguished Speakers Series

14th Annual Distinguished Guest Speaker

Dr. Caroline Schroeder


Caroline T. Schroeder is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she is also a member of the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary Data Scholarship Program, an affiliate faculty member in History and Religious Studies, and a Fellow at the Data Institute for Societal Challenges. 

Dr. Schroeder is an award-winning teacher and scholar who works at the intersections of the cultural history of early Christianity, gender studies, and digital humanities. Her most recent monograph, Children and Family in Late Antique Egyptian Monasticism (Cambridge University Press), was recently a finalist for the 2021 American Academy of Religion book award for textual studies in religion.

Co-Sponsored by

WWU Alumni Association

College of Humanities and Social Science

Internet Studies Center

Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Department of Political Science

Event Information

Date: March 2nd, 2023

Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m. PT

Location: Via Zoom

"Digital Methods in Early Christian Studies: Enabling New Discoveries and Confronting Old Challenges"

The early days of the internet inspired technological utopian visions of the future—a world where information could spread freely, dismantling hierarchies of class and education and enabling global exchanges of data and culture. In colleges and universities, humanists jumped on the bandwagon, developing the field of Humanities Computing, which has since morphed into what we now call Digital Humanities. Have digital and computational methods fulfilled these early promises of unfettered, accessible information sharing?

Religious Studies and Biblical Studies were a bit late to the game but in recent years major digital projects, especially in early Christian Studies have launched. How has this work enabled new research discoveries, and in what ways do longstanding challenges in the field—such as colonialism, multilingual accessibility, and a hyperfocus on canon formation—continue to trouble the field?

Questions and Accommodations

Maureen Christman is the coordinator for the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Feel free to email GHR@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.

Previous Distinguished Speakers

Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut

"Exacting Consent: Silent Consent and Public Voice from Chaucer to the Twenty-first Century"

Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"A Tale of Three Cities: Valmiki's Ramayana and the Foundations of the Culture, Society and Religion in Early India"

Associate Professor of South Asia Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Washington

"Stretching Religion: Yoga in Philosophy, Temple Architecture, and Gandhi's India"

Professor of German Studies, McGill University

"Representations of Terrorism and Mass-Media"

Republic of China Chair, Department of History and Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

"Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century: A China Connection?"

Previous Department Sponsored Speakers

Dr. K.S. Balasubramanian Award-winning international scholar, author, and professor.
Deputy Director of the Kuppuswamy Sastri Research Institute in Chennai, India.

Yoga Sutra Lecture Series