IU Professor Winnifred Sullivan Delivers Michałek Lecture in Warsaw

Friday, May 26, 2017

Winnifred Sullivan is professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and affiliate professor of law in the IUB Maurer School of Law.  Her research interest is understanding the phenomenology of religion under the modern rule of law.  She focuses on the intersection of religion and law in the United States. The topic of her Krzysztof Michałek  Memorial Lecture in American Studies at the University of Warsaw was “Banning Bibles, Constituting the People.”

Krzysztof Michałek was one of the founders of the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw.  He also spent two years at IU as associate director of the Polish Studies Center.  An IU presidential delegation visited Warsaw for the American Studies Center’s 50th anniversary and joined Warsaw officials in establishing the annual lecture, which brings an IU specialist to Poland each year to speak on issues related to American Studies.

The lecture series complements the Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture, honoring the late IU professor of English who worked with the American Studies Center in its early days and directed the Polish Studies Center in Bloomington for many years.  The Wiles lecture brings a University of Warsaw scholar to Bloomington to speak about major issues related to Polish Studies.