Religious Studies

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The Cron Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Plattsburgh Protestant Campus Ministry and its supporting congregations, The Cron Lecture Series honors ministry founder Rev. Karl Cron.

Since its inception in 1997, the series has brought nationally-renowned scholars to campus for guest lectures, class sessions, and textual studies on topics in religion and culture. Lecturers have included religious-studies scholars, biblical scholars, religious, social and environmental activists, writers, musicians, Eastern and Western religious leaders, historians, and cultural critics, including environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award author Mark Kurlansky, and Pulitzer-Prize winning social historian Dr. Edward Larson.

In 2007 a second lecture series - the Karl Cron Community Lectures - was added to showcase college and other local scholars. The public lectures are typically co-sponsored by related college programs, community organizations,and local churches and are offered free-of-charge at the college.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about religious studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Richard Schaefer, Program Coordinator

Office: Champlain Valley Hall 321
Phone: (518) 564-5211
E-mail: schaefr@plattsburgh.edu