Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

2021 Mary Olive Woods Lecture

The 34nd Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture is “Divine Hiddenness and Divine Love” presented by Michael Rea, is Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2001. The lecture is at 7:00 p.m. on September 23, 2021, in the Grand Ballroom of the WIU University Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the WIU Departments of Mathematics and Philosophy, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Mary Olive Woods Trust.

Professor Rea is also a Professorial Fellow at the Logos Institute for Analytic & Exegetical Theology at the University of St. Andrews.  He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, with a dissertation supervised by Alvin Plantinga.  His research focuses primarily on topics in philosophy of religion, analytic theology, metaphysics, and feminist philosophy. He has written or edited more than fifteen books and over fifty articles, including The Hiddenness of God (Oxford University Press), Arguing About Metaphysics (Routledge), World Without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism (Oxford University Press), and the widely used text, Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology, (with Louis P. Pojman, Wadsworth).

Professor Rea has given numerous lectures in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Russia, China, and Iran, including the 2017 Gifford Lectures at the University of St. Andrews, and numerous other named lectures. 

Mary Olive Woods Past Lecturers

The list of past MOW lecturers can be found here.

Michael Rea