The Arnold Lowe Lectureship at Macalester College was established in 1984 in honor of Arnold H. Lowe (1889-1977), pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis from 1941 to 1965. He also served for twelve years as the President of the Board of Trustees of Macalester.

The Lowe Lectureship is made possible through an endowment fund provided by the Dayton family of Minneapolis. The endowment also sustains the Arnold Lowe Professorship in Ecumenical Studies. The purpose of the Lectureship is to further ecumenical understanding and discussion both within the Christian tradition and in relation to other religious traditions.

2019 Arnold Lowe Lecture

State of Exception or Modus Operandi? Religion, National Security, and the Racialization of Islam – February 24, 2019
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Dr. Sylvester A. Johnson
Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities
Professor of Religion and Culture
Founding Director of the Center for Humanities
Virginia Tech

2017 Arnold Lowe Lectures

The (Prosperity) Gospel According to Donald Trump – November 9, 2017
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Kate Bowler ’02
Assistant Professor of American Christianity
Duke Divinity School



How the Bible Became Holy April 2, 2017
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Michael Satlow
Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies
Brown University

2016 Arnold Lowe Lecture

Secular/Postsecular in question April 6, 2016M Photo.png
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Professor Tomoko Masuzawa,  Professor of History and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

2015 Arnold Lowe Lecture

Reflections of Liberalism, Policulturalism, and the Politics of Faith: Citizenship and Difference in
South Africa


March 23, 2015

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Professor Jean Comaroff, Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, Oppenheimer Research Fellow – Harvard University.




Kecia Alia for Lowe Lecture page

2014 Arnold Lowe Lecture      

The Lives of Muhammad

March 9, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Associate Professor Kecia Ali, Boston University


2013 Arnold Lowe Lecture

Dale Martin

Armed and Not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem

March 7, 2013

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Professor Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor, Yale University



Robert Orsi

2012 Arnold Lowe Lecture

Secrets of the Confessional: Children, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Making of 20th Century U.S. Catholicism

February 12, 2012

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Professor Robert Orsi, Northwestern University

The Lowe Lecture will be followed this year by a series of lectures on American Religion, all on Sunday afternoon.

2010 Arnold Lowe Lectures

Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach

October 10, 2010

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Professor Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago

Black and White and Read all Over: Appropriations of the Ten Commandments in Two New Religions

April 22, 2010

Weyerhauser Memorial Chapel
Professor Eugene Gallager, Connecticut College

2007-2008 Arnold Lowe Lecture

Lessons from Bin Laden

September 27, 2007

Weyerhauser Memorial Chapel
Professor Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University

Read an excerpt from Professor Lawrence’s book The Qur’an: A Biography.

Visit Professor Lawrence’s personal website.