VIDEO: Emma Anderson Examines Christian Baptism and Indigenous Adoption in Public Lecture

December 6, 2023

On Wednesday, November 29, Pathy Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies Emma Anderson (University of Ottawa) presented “Sinews of the Soul: Comparing Christian Baptism and Indigenous Adoption.”

The public lecture, co-sponsored by the Fund for Canadian Studies and the Humanities Council, explored the many fascinating parallels between Indigenous adoption and Catholic baptism in seventeenth century New France. Wendy Heller (Music) gave opening remarks and introduced Anderson.

A professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Ottawa, Anderson is an expert on the religious encounters between Catholic missionaries and Indigenous peoples in colonial North America. She is currently teaching the Program in Humanistic Studies course “Indigenous Peoples and Christianity” and continues to write her current monograph-in-progress, Dawn in the West: How the Thought of Indigenous People Ushered in Modernity, which delineates the seminal impact of Indigenous perspectives upon Enlightenment philosophies.

Watch the full event here.

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