Matthew Simpson Lecture

thThe Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion is an annual lecture delivered by a nationally known scholar in the area of religion.

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 РMarcus Borg  2015 РTraci West

For information about other Simpson traditions, click here.