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Brueggemann To Present Jarvis Lecture

An internationally recognized Old Testament scholar will deliver East Carolina University's Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.
Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminar, will present, "Recovery from the Long Nightmare of Amnesia."

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Brueggemann is the author of 58 books and hundreds of articles on biblical interpretation. His lifework has been characterized by passionate and imaginative exploration of Old Testament theology, with emphasis on the relationship between Old Testament and Christian canonical works, the origins and history of Christian doctrine and the dynamics of Jewish-Christian interactions.

He earned his doctorate of divinity from Union Theological Seminar and his PhD from St. Louis University.

Co-sponsored by the ECU Religious Studies Program and Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, the Jarvis Lecture is presented through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. The series annually brings prominent scholars representing a variety of disciplines to speak at the university.

Upcoming speakers include Trudier Harris, African American literature and culture scholar, presenting, "Little Old Ladies and the Last World: An Exploration of Sassiness and Risqué Behavior in African American Folklore," in the Sallie Southall Cotton Lecture Feb. 17; and Theda Perdue, Atlanta Distinguished Term Professor of Southern Culture at UNC - Chapel Hill, who will lead a discussion on "Native Americans of North Carolina," March 18.

Lectures are open to the public and held in Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Jarvis Lecture is free to all attendees. For the Harris and Perdue lectures, complimentary tickets are available for ECU students, faculty and staff; cost is $10 for the general public. Tickets are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788, 1-800-ECU-ARTS or (voice/TTY) 252-328-4736.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is made possible through contributions from the Dean’s Advancement Council of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the East Carolina Alumni Association and additional friends and supporters of the college. For more information about the series, contact John Tucker, director of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, at 252-328-1028 or, or visit

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

This story appeared originally in the Dec. 21, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at