As we prepare for this fall's symposium on Cotton Mather, we'd like to introduce you to some of the scholars who will be presenting at it.
Prof. Reiner Smolinski
Reiner Smolinski is Professor of early American literature and culture at Georgia State University (Atlanta). He was a DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Mainz and the University of Potsdam/Berlin, in Germany. His publications include books and essays on puritan millennialism, Salem witchcraft, and early Enlightenment science and biblical hermeneutics. As general editor of Cotton Mather's forthcoming 10-volume Biblia Americana (1693-1728), he is guiding an international team of volume editors to publish colonial America's first commentary on the Bible.
Dr. Helen Gelinas
Helen K. Gelinas is a Ph.D. candidate at Eberhard-Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, working on her dissertation, "The Spirit and the Bride: Cotton Mather and the Role of Women in the Church". She holds an M.A. in American Studies and has taught English and American Literature at the Leibniz Kolleg, Tübingen, and American Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Tübingen. She has published on Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards, and worked as an assistant editor of vol. 5 (Proverbs-Isaiah) of Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana. She currently serves as Coordinator for the Middleboro Transcriptions Project at the Congregational Library, Boston.
Prof. Rick Kennedy
Rick Kennedy is professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. His biography Cotton Mather: First American Evangelical will be published by Eerdmans in 2014. He is co-editor of the John-Acts volume of the Biblia Americana, and author also of books and articles on the Brattle brothers and the history of colonial Harvard. He is a member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and last summer was a Marc Friedlaender Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Keep an eye out for more featured presenters as the date approaches.
For more information about Mather Redux, visit our Program & Workshop Schedule page.