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Queer Faculty Symposium: "The Bible and Homophobic Disgust"

Pomona College Religious Studies Professor Erin Runions will deliver a talk on “The Bible and Homophobic Disgust,” to be held Wednesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Pomona College’s Walton Commons (395 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Runions will examine how contemporary disgust toward non-normative sexuality in the U.S. is partially conditioned by racialized representations of sexuality in the Bible, even where that biblical heritage is no longer obvious. She will also explore the non-hetero-normative resources within the Bible that help to counter biblical disgust with humor.

A three-time Lilly Endowment awardee, Runions’ areas of expertise include gender and sexuality studies and the Bible; Bible and film; the apocalypse and millennium. Among the classes she teaches are: Gender and Religion; Life, Love and Suffering in Biblical Wisdom and the Modern World; and The Bible Goes To Hollywood: Ideological Afterlives of Scripture in Film.

Runions is the author of How Hysterical: Identification and Resistance in the Bible and Film (2003), in which, using feminist, queer, postcolonial and ideological critical theories, she discusses the processes by which biblical and film texts can both bolster and disrupt identifications with the norms that drive politics and culture.

In her 2001 book Changing Subjects: Gender, Nation, Future in Micah (Playing the Texts), she writes about the ambiguous configurations of gender, nation and future vision in the book of Micah.

For more information, contact: or (909) 607-1269. 

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.