Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture

Dr. Candida Moss

The 26th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture

September 27, 2018, Hendrix Theatre 7pm

“The Myth of Persecution: How persecution radicalizes and polarizes in the ancient and modern worlds.”

Dr. Candida Moss will be the 26th distinguished speaker of the annual Religious Studies Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture. Her lecture, titled “The Myth of Persecution: How persecution radicalizes and polarizes in the ancient and modern worlds” will explore a common theme in histories of Christianity is that Christians have been consistently persecuted from the crucifixion to the present day. This lecture will look behind the propaganda to show both that much of this history of persecution has been simplified and exaggerated, and also that the mythology of persecution has a dangerous legacy in the present. Candida R. Moss is the Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is the award winning author or editor of seven books and thirty academic articles and essay including Ancient Christian Martyrdom (Yale, 2012), Reconceiving Infertility (Princeton, 2015), and Bible Nation (Princeton, 2017). She has appeared in over thirty documentaries and is a frequent news commentator for CBS and CNN.

The Symposium on Religion and Public Health held April 5-7, 2018


"Religion as the Invisible Social Determinant of Public Health"

"Religion, Politics and Global Health: Controversies and Compromises in the Primary Health Care Movement"

"Bridging Religion and Healthcare in the Humanities and Social Sciences" A Round Table Discussion

The 25th Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture (DLRC) features Dr. Rev. William Barber.

Dr. William Barber

The 25 th Annual Distinguished Lecture

Thursday October 26, 2017, at 6:30pm
Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Bldg.
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Lecture: Poor People's Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the architect of the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, president of the North Carolina NAACP and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He is also president of Repairers of the Breach. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. He is also co-author, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division. He files regular dispatches from the southern movement for racial justice for The Nation. Read more about him at http://www.naacpnc.org/naacp-board-of-directors/. Free Parking available adjacent to the Murphy Center. For inquiries, contact wangilam@ecu.edu or call 252-737-2422.

Co-sponsors: Religious Studies Program, J. Woolard and Helen Peel, Distinguished Chair in Religious Studies, Sociology Department, African and African American Studies

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Dr. Stephen Prothero

The Julian David Whichard Public Lecture in the Humanities Series features Dr. Stephen Prothero

Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall
Lecture: Religious Literacy in an Age of Strongmen

Dr. Stephen Prothero is Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, including Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (HarperOne, 2016), God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World-and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010), and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know-and Doesn't (HarperOne, 2007). His books have been published on five continents and translated into eight languages. Prothero has commented on religion on hundreds of National Public Radio programs; on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS; and on all the major networks. He was also a guest on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "The Colbert Report," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. Read more about him at http://stephenprothero.com/. Lecture is Free, and free parking is available. The event is also Wellness passport eligible. For inquiries, contact wangilam@ecu.edu or call 252-737-2422.

Co-sponsors: Religious Studies Program, the Julian David Whichard Public Lecture in the Humanities Series

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Prominent speakers who have delivered the lecture include:

  • Eboo Patel, "Interfaith Leadership Can Save the World" November 7, Fall 2016
  • Raymond Moody, "Life After Life: The Meaning of Near Death Experiences," Fall, 2015
  • Jose Casanova, Professor of Sociology and head of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, "Transformations in American Civil Religion and American Christianity." Spring 2014
  • Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University, "Strange Bedfellows: The Bible, American Politics, and Homosexuality." Spring 2013
  • J. Kameron Carter, Duke University Divinity School, "Religion and the Post-Racial Condition." Spring 2012
  • Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary (retired), "Recovery from the Long Nightmare of Amnesia." Spring 2010
  • Matthew Fox, theologian and author, "Reinventing Christianity." Fall 2010
  • William G. Dever, Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Arizona (retired), "Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel." Spring 2008
  • Marcus Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, Oregon State University (retired), "Christians in the Age of Empire." Fall 2008
  • Phyllis Trible, University Professor of Biblical Studies at Wake Forest University Divinity School, "Taking Back the Bible." Fall 2006
  • Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University Divinity School, "Why No One Wants to Die in America." Fall 2005
  • Christian Smith, Stuart Chapin Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNC-CH, "Is 'Moralistic Therapeutic Deism' America's Real Religious Faith? Popular Religion From the Mouths of American Youth." Fall 2004
  • Charles Kimball, chair and professor of Religion at Wake Forest University, "When Religions Become Evil." Fall 2003
  • Will D. Campbell, retired, "Speaking His Mind." Spring, 2003
  • Elizabeth A. Clark, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Religion, Duke University, "What's the Matter with Marriage? Some Early Christian Answers." Fall 2001
  • Huston Smith, University of California, Berkeley (retired), "Why Religion Matters: The Future of Faith in an Age of Disbelief." Fall 2000
  • Bill J. Leonard, Dean, Wake Forest University Divinity School, "Spirituality in America: Faith or Fad?" Spring 1999
  • Lawrence Cunningham, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, "Thomas Merton: Contemplative Monk as Critic of Culture." Fall 1999
  • Nancy Tatom Ammerman, Professor Sociology of Religion, Center for Social and Religious Research, Hartford Seminary, "Christianity in a Postmodern World: Challenges and Opportunities." Spring 1998
  • Os Guinness, author and lecturer, "The Crisis of Cultural Authority and the Christian Faith." Spring 1997
  • William H. Willimon, Dean of the Chapel and Professor, Duke Divinity School, "Thinking Like a Christian in the Post-Modern World." Fall 1995
  • Walter Wink, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, "Unmasking the Powers." Fall 1994
  • Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Modern Christianity, University of Chicago, "What a Way to End a Millennium: Fundamentalism and Other Hardlines, Today and Tomorrow." Fall 1993
  • Dennis Campbell, Dean, Duke Divinity School. "The Changing Role of Religion in American Culture." Fall 1992

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