Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert Retires from Western Michigan University

Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, critical theorist, mentor, and dear friend has retired from teaching at Western Michigan University after 54 years. Since he came to WMU in 1965, he has educated thousands of students throughout the world in the Critical Theory of Religion and Society. Rooted in the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, as developed by Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Jürgen Habermas, and others, the Critical Theory of Religion and Society continues to view the world through a dialectical lens, as it cross-pollinates other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Critical Theory of Religion and Society is a future-oriented remembrance of human suffering, misery, and oppression, with the practical intent to bring about a more reconciled, peaceful, and justice-filled future society. WMU will honor Dr. Siebert with a conference on November 16th, 2019, entitled “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: Conference in Honor of Rudolf J. Siebert.” It will be held at the Fetzer Center at WMU and is open to the public.

If you would like to send him a retirement letter, his email is: rudolf.siebert@wmich.edu

See the WMU’s article about Dr. Siebert’s retirement below:

Rudolf J. Siebert Retires from WMU

Also see the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive:

Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive

Here’s the link to Dr. Siebert’s personal webpage:

Rudolf J. Siebert

Dr. Siebert’s 92nd Birthday Speech:

92nd Birthday Speech

Mlive article on Rudolf J. Siebert and his retirement:

Rudolf J. Siebert, a German soldier during WWII, made theory of peace his life’s work

WMU Article on Siebert’s Retirement and November 16, 2019 Conference:

Retirement and Conference

Conference Video

Retirement Speech from Dr. Siebert’s Retirement Open House celebration – 12/27/2019

Retirement Speech

WMU’s Article and Video on Dr. Siebert’s biography and work:

WMU Siebert Article and Video


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