Simon Wolfe ’18 in the Spotlight:
a series about our graduating seniors
Why did you major in Religion?
I initially chose religion because I didn’t really know what I wanted to study, but at the time
I thought I might want to be a rabbi. I stuck with it because religion turned out to encompass quite a lot, and I’ve always thought of it as the best parts of literature and history smooshed into one.
Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
No idea. The world is big and scary and there’s somehow to much and not enough to do at the same time.
Imagine a first-year student has asked your advice about REL courses. What’s the one she shouldn’t dream about missing? Why?
I’ve said for years that Intro to Islam with Professor Morgenstein Fuerst should be required for everyone in arts and sciences. That course fundamentally changed the way I see not only Islam, not only religion, but the whole crazy entangled world all together.
If you could write any book, what would it be?
I wish I could expand my term paper from Religion and Empire which was about the abolitionists Maria W Stewart and Angelina Grimke. It would be titled something like The Nasty Christian Women of Abolition: Race, Gender, and Religion in the Discursive Struggle for Liberation.
No memories in particular, but its always been my favorite building on campus. The seminar room and all its beautiful dark wood and old books have always made me feel very comfortable. I had my first class ever in that room, a TAP course on the Bible with Professor Clarke. Every other classroom has been something of a disappointment since then, but luckily religion classes end up in there with some regularity, and it’s always been a little spot of home on a campus that so often seems to value STEM over the humanities. When/if I come back to visit campus, that will be the first and one of the few spots on my list.