English Department Colloquium Series features Dr. Michael Bellamy St. Thomas Newsroom March 6, 2009 English Department Colloquium Series features Dr. Michael BellamyDr. Michael Bellamy, professor emeritus of English, will present "Civil Religion in America: Virtue, Vice or Necessary Stage?" – the fourth lecture in the 2008-09 English Department Colloquium Series. Dr. Michael Bellamy The event, open to all UST students, faculty and staff, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the O’Shaughnessy ("leather") Room, Room 108, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Light refreshments will be served. Bellamy will explore the idea of patriotism as religion, beginning with a close reading of the original and current versions of "The Pledge of Allegiance." What is the genre of this famous pledge that begins school for elementary students and sessions of Congress for senators and representatives? Questions about the colloquium series can be directed to the English Department, (651) 962-5600.