James Woelfel

Emeritus Faculty
Primary office:
785-864-2329
3078 Wescoe


Professor James Woelfel received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of St. Andrews, became a member of the KU faculty 1966, and served as Director of Humanities & Western Civilization from 1985 until July 2010. His teaching and research have been primarily 19th and 20th century European philosophical and religious thought.  Among the books he has authored are Bonhoeffer’s Theology, Borderland Christianity, Albert Camus on the Sacred and the Secular, Portraits in Victorian Religious Thought, The Existentialist Legacy and Other Essays on Philosophy and Religion, and is an editor of Patterns in Western Civilization fourth edition.  Professor Woelfel was a 1997 recipient of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Silver Anniversary Public Scholar Award, and in 1998 received a Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. He retired from KU in May 2015.


Upcoming Events
PCS Lecture, James Dawes, "Storytelling and Human Rights" Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00-9:30, Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union​
 
Seaver Lecture, Nicole Hodges Persley, Monday, April 10, 7:00-9:30 PM, Kansas Room, Kansas Union
 
Humanities Program Recognition Ceremony, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union

Registering Students: Please note that all Humanities courses have changed from HWC to HUM in the Course Catalog. 

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