the Mormon Transhumanist ASsociation: A 'Post-Secular' Religion
Monday, March 9, 4 p.m., University Center for the Humanities–2500 Knauss Hall
Join us for a talk by former graduate student Dr. Megan Leverage who will present a public lecture "The Mormon Transhumanist Association: A 'Post-Secular' Religion." This talk examines the historical influence of Atheism on member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the 20th century, focusing on two key connections: (1) George Santayana and Leonard Arrington and (2) Richard Dawkins and Lincoln Cannon. As a case study, the intellectual history of the Mormon Transhumanist Association evidences the porous boundary between "religion" and "secular" in the United States.
Dr. Leverage received her M.A. in comparative religion from WMU in 2014 and Ph.D. in American religious history from Florida State University in 2018. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University.