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"A world without Religion" - Dr. Reza Aslan - September 21st, 2021, at the kirkpatrick fine arts center

Martha Jean Lemon Speaker Series

Reza Aslan – Religious Scholar and author of Zealot and God

Dr. Reza Aslan will visit the Oklahoma City University campus on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, as part of The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr. Aslan, an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and religion scholar, will give a presentation titled “A World without Religion” in OCU’s Petree Recital Hall located in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center. Dr. Aslan's presentation is sponsored by the Farzaneh Family Foundation and the OCU Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature.

Aslan's multi-media presentation will explore how religious identity has seemed to fade in western cultures, yet continues to fortify its political power elsewhere. He will give his interpretation of what may come next - will science and secularism prevail, or will religion remain a vital part of human identity? In this fascinating presentation, internationally acclaimed scholar of religions and #1 New York Times best-selling author Reza Aslan will take his audience on a 300,000 year journey through human spirituality to discover what the future of religion may look like.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and subject to capacity, and we will ask guests to social distance. Guests are required to wear masks. Check back for possible updates to the university's Covid-19 protocols.

A book signing will follow the public presentation. Books will be available to purchase on-site in conjunction with Full Circle Bookstore.

The OCU Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center is located on Blackwelder Avenue and NW 25th Street. It is recommended that guests park in the parking lots on the east side of campus. Call 405-208-5446 for questions and additional information.


Dr. Aslan will host a student session at 1:00 p.m. on September 21 in the Sarkeys Science and Math building, room 100. This informal discussion will focus on contemporary issues in religion and will likely include conversation about Dr. Aslan’s new sitcom, the “United States of Al”. Dr. Aslan recently published an Op-Ed in the LA Times regarding his work in television as a medium for educating Americans about Islam. We hope you will join us on September 21!

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About the Series

The Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series features annual events that enrich the academic environment for the University and the surrounding community. Programs may relate to the arts and sciences, business, dance and entertainment, law, music, nursing, theatre, or religious topics.

The lecture series was created through an endowment gift from Lynette Lemon Wert and Larry H. Lemon in 2010 on behalf of the Lemon family of Oklahoma City, in honor of Martha Jean Lemon, who graduated from OCU in 1968 with a degree in history and worked as an independent comparative religion scholar.

This series continues OCU’S tradition of the Distinguished Speakers Series which has included speakers such as David Brooks, Marian Wright Edelman, Henry Louis Gates, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Harold Kushner, N. Scott Momaday, Bill Moyers, Sister Helen Prejean, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Andrew Weil, and Fabian Cousteau as well as Nobel Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Wangari Maathai, and Jody Williams.