June 2009 Wilmer Memorial Lecture

Dr. Blake Burleson

Dr. Blake Burleson

    The annual Wilmer Memorial Lecture, in memory of Hank and Harry Wilmer, was held June 6, and featured a religious scholar from Baylor.

    Dr. Blake Burleson’s lecture, A Meditation on ‘Staying Put:’ Jung’s Lessons from Africa, was well attended. In his talk, Dr. Burleson discussed Jung’s travels in Africa, how that affected his work and writings and what Jung learned from his African adventures. He related this to his own adventures in Africa, his association with Harry Wilmer as a friend and client and Harry’s work.

    Dr. Burleson is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Religion at Baylor University where he teaches world religions and African studies. Texas Monthly 2004 Guide to Texas Colleges and Universities listed “Religion with Blake Burleson” as one of the four “best classes” at Baylor University. He has traveled extensively on the African content since 1978 and directed the African Studies Program at Baylor from 1996 to 2003.

    His research interests and publications focus on Jungian studies. He is the author of Pathways to Integrity: Ethics and Psychological Type (2001) and Jung in Africa (2005). In 2007, Burleson was invited to give a plenary address to the XVII International Congress of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. He has given public lectures and presented academic papers on Jungian studies in America, Europe, and Africa. He is a member of the International Association of Jungian Studies and is Vice President and founding board member of the Society for the Friends of Jung in Waco.

    Burleson received both the M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in Religion from Baylor University where he studied World Religions. He was ordained to the ministry in 1986 and has served Baptists as educator, administrator, pastor, missionary, chaplain, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. In 2008, Burleson was inducted into the Oriental Orthodox Order of the West as a monk.

    The Wilmer Memorial Lecture is a program held annually in June to honor the memory of two of the founders of the Institute, Dr. Harry Wilmer and his son Hank Wilmer. This lecture is a gift to the community and is free and open to the public.