Summer 2016

Prof. Dr. Yaakov Ariel


Professor Dr. Yaavok Ariel is Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Minor in Christianity and Culture, and Co-Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ariel’s research has focused on Protestantism, especially Evangelical Christianity, and its attitudes towards the Jewish people and the Holy Land; on Christian-Jewish relations in the late modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity and postmodernity. Dr. Ariel has published numerous articles and three books on these subjects. Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. His latest book, An Unusual Relationship: Evangelical Christians and Jews, was published in 2013 by New York University Press. Prof. Ariel holds degrees from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D.).


As the 2016 Salzburg Institute Visiting Scholar, Prof. Ariel gave two lectures on “Passions” as part of the 2016 University of Salzburg’s Salzburger Hochschulwochen Lecture Series.



Summer 2015


Prof. Dr. Russell Berman

Prof. Dr. Russell Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Prof. Berman’s gave two lectures on “Precarious Order: The Great Unraveling.”


A past president of the Modern Language Association, Prof. Berman teaches German and comparative literature at Stanford University and directs Stanford’s German Studies program. In 1997 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany. Prof. Berman is the editor of the journal Telos, one of the leading intellectual journals in the US. Telos has featured essays by Jean-François Lyotard, Jürgen Habermas, Paul Feyerabend, and many other leading public intellectuals. Prof. Berman’s most recent book publications include Freedom or Terror : Europe Faces Jihad (Stanford Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 2010), Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture (Iowa City: University Of Iowa Press, 2007), and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (Stanford Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University 2004)



Summer 2014


Prof. Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner
Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner is the Academic Director of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. He is also professor of German and Linguistics and a Fellow in the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.


Dr. Thuswaldner presented the following three lectures:
“Salzburg – A Place for and of European Literature?”
“In Search of Cultural Identity –Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Stefan Zweig in Salzburg”
“’Salzburg in Thomas Bernhard’s Early Works ”


A native of Salzburg, Austria, Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner studied German and English at the University of Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, the University of Vienna (Mag. phil.) and received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2006, Dr. Thuswaldner received Gordon’s Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. From 2006 until 2012 he chaired Gordon’s Department of Languages and Linguistics.


He is the co-editor of the essay collection Der untote Gott: Religion und Ästhetik in deutscher und österreichischer Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (The Undead God: Aesthetics and Religion in Twentieth-Century German and Austrian Culture) (Cologne: Böhlau, 2007). In 2008 he published the essay collection Derrida und danach? Literaturtheoretische Diskurse der Gegenwart (Derrida and Thereafter? Essays on Contemporary Literary Theory) (Wiesbaden: Deutscher Universitätsverlag/Springer/VS Research, 2008). Dr. Thuswaldner’s latest monograph is titled “Morbus Austriacus” – Thomas Bernhards Österreichkritik (“Morbus Austriacus:” Thomas Bernhard’s Critique of Austria) (Vienna: Braumüller, 2011; 2nd edition 2012). With Nicholas Brooks he is co-editor of the first volume of the Salzburg Institute’s Symphilologus series titled Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (Vienna: New Academic Press, forthcoming).


Summer 2013


Prof. Dr. Dr. Jens Zimmermann
Dr. Jens Zimmermann is a professor of humanities and Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University in Canada. He is also the Salzburg Institute Scholar-in-Residence


Dr. Zimmermann gave the following three lectures on “Poison or Antidote? Hermeneutics, Faith and Knowledge:”
“Knowledge as Threat: Two Fundamentalisms”
“Hermeneutics: Antidote or Poison”
“The Hermeneutic Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”


Born and raised in Germany, Jens Zimmermann immigrated to Canada after completing two years of studying clarinette at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany, to major in English and Comparative Literature at the University of British Columbia. He graduated with a B.A. in English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1997. In 2010, Dr. Zimmermann recieved another Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Mainz in Germany.


Dr. Dr. Zimmermann is a professor of English and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Interpretation, and Culture at Trinity Western University. He is the author of Recovering Theological Hermeneutics: An Incarnational-Trinitarian Theory of Interpretation (2004) and Theologische Hermeneutik (2008); co-author of The Passionate Intellect: Incarnational Humanism and the Future of University Education (2006); and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought: Cruciform Philosophy (2009). His articles have appeared in journals such as Christianity and Literature, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, the Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, the Journal for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, and Philosophy Today.



Summer 2012


Prof. Dr. Mark Roche
Dr. Roche is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the 2012 Salzburg Institute Visiting Scholar.


Prof. Roche delivered the following three lectures on “The Beautiful and the Ugly:”
“What Questions Must We Ask in order to Understand and Evaluate the Ugly in Art?”
“What are the Historical Stages in the Development of the Ugly in Art and Art Theory?”
“What Forms of Beautiful Ugliness Exist and How are We to Evaluate Them?”


At the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Roche teaches courses in German language, literature, and culture; in intellectual history; in philosophy; and in film. He also offers integrative courses, such as the College Seminar, which addresses great questions and draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In 2006, Roche received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


His publications have been in literature, philosophy, film, and higher education. Roche is the author of seven books. His two most recent are Why Choose the Liberal Arts? (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), which received the 2012 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century (Yale University Press, 2004), which was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.