Professor of Religion, Northeastern University
Gene Demby, cohost for NPR’s Code Switch
“Bucar’s sharp insights, shot through with humor and self-awareness, are exactly what we need the next time we reach over to borrow from someone else’s religion for our own therapeutic, political, or educational needs."
Kathryn Lofton, author of Consuming Religion
"With interpretive subtlety and ethical vision, Liz Bucar explores the moral risk of intercultural theft. Stealing My Religion is a powerful intervention by a leading scholar of religion into the illiberal results of everyday religious exploitation. Highly recommended."
Jeff Yang, coauthor of Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the
Nineties to Now
“A Liz Bucar reveals, the faithful may not appreciate seeing their heart on your sleeve. A welcome and necessary reminder that all of us, ultimately, are unreliable narrators when we weave ourselves into others’ stories.”
Meet Liz Bucar
Liz Bucar is a leading expert in religious ethics, a professor of religion at Northeastern University, and a prizewinning author. Her writing, teaching, and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—from sexual reassignment surgery to the politics of religious clothing--but generally focus on how a deeper understanding religious difference can change our sense of what is right and good.
Liz has written for The Atlantic, Teen Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, and Religion News Service, among others, and her work has been discussed in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Instyle Magazine. She has written four books, including her most recent, Stealing My Religion: Not Just Any Cultural Appropriation. She is also the Director of Sacred Writes, a grant-funded project that provides media training for religion scholars.
Liz received a degree in government from Harvard and a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago. She is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and leads a popular study abroad program along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
- Thu, Oct 12St. Louis UniversityOct 12, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PMSt. Louis University, Tegeler Hall, 3550 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
- Mon, Sep 11University of ChicagoSep 11, 9:00 AM – Sep 13, 5:00 PMUniversity of Chicago, 1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
- Tue, Jul 25Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USAJul 25, 7:00 PM – Jul 27, 7:00 PMCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921, USA
- Multiple DatesVisiting Faculty, NEH Summer Institute: Muslims in America’s Midwest: An Educators Guide to Past and PresentWed, Jun 21OxfordJun 21, 7:00 PM – Jun 22, 7:00 PMOxford, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA
- Wed, May 03AntwerpenMay 03, 8:00 PM – May 04, 9:30 PMAntwerpen, Turnhoutsebaan 286, 2140 Antwerpen, Belgium
- Thu, Mar 02Virtual eventMar 02, 12:00 PM – Mar 03, 1:30 PMVirtual event
- Tue, Oct 18TBAOct 18, 2022, 6:30 PM CDTTBA
- Thu, Sep 22Higgins Hall, Room 300Sep 22, 2022, 5:30 PMHiggins Hall, Room 300, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USASep 22, 2022, 5:30 PMHiggins Hall, Room 300, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USAThis talk explores the ethics of yoga. What does it mean to insist yoga is a spiritual but not religious practice? Are we entitled to borrow any practice in the pursuit of our personal health? What forms of structural injustice does the popularity of yoga depend on or reinforce?
- Wed, Sep 14ChicagoSep 14, 2022, 9:00 AM – Sep 16, 2022, 5:00 PMChicago, 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
- Mon, Aug 15Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat CenterAug 15, 2022, 5:00 PM MDTGhost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, Abiquiu, NM