On October 6, 2016, we look forward to welcoming Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Public Policy at Mercer University. Dr. Gushee is also the President-Elect of the American Academy of Religion.
Dr. Gushee’s Lecture is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in the Kent Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.
The Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion was established in 1980 by Professors Roger Betsworth and Bruce Haddox, members of the religion and philosophy department. With an initial operating budget of $500, the two founders invited their first speaker, Dr. Stanley Hauerwas. Since 1980, many distinguished scholars have delivered the lecture; see the list below. In 2013, gifts from two college employees established the Matthew Simpson Lecture Endowment Fund to help ensure the ongoing quality of the annual lecture and related events. In 2015 the Fund has grown to approximately $7,500.
The original goal of the lectureship was to expose Simpson students to the leading thinkers in religion, biblical studies, and social ethics.
Past speakers include
|1980 – Stanley Hauerwas||1998 – Richard Hays|
|1981 – John Dominic Crossan||1999 – Roberta Bondi|
|1982 – Will Campbell||2000 – Luke Timothy Johnson|
|1983 – John Cobb||2001 – L. Gregory Jones|
|1984 – John Yoder||2002 – William H. Willimon|
|1985 – Stephen Crites||2003 – George Forell|
|1986 – Martin Marty||2004 – Stanley Hauerwas|
|1987 – Beverly Bildung Harrison||2005 – Robin W. Lovin|
|1988 – Walter Brueggemann||2006 – Gregory Boyd|
|1989 – Dan Maguire||2007 – Pamela Eisenbaum|
|1990 – James Cone||2008 – Mark D. Jordan|
|1991 – Huston Smith||2009 – Teresa L. Fry Brown|
|1992 – Charles Long||2010 – Grant Wacker|
|1993 – Sharon Ringe||2011 – William Cavanaugh|
|1994 – Robert McAfee Brown||2012 – Anantanand Ramachan|
|1995 – Rebecca Chopp||2013 – Amy-Jill Levine|
|1996 – Phyllis Trible||2014 – Victoria Barnett|
|1997 – Marcus Borg||2015 – Traci West|
For information about other Simpson traditions, click here.