Matthew Simpson Lecture

barbara-newmanDr. Barbara Newman, 2017 Matthew Simpson Lecturer

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

On October 26, 2017, we will welcome Dr. Barbara Newman, Professor of Latin, English, and Religious Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The author of numerous books, Dr. Newman is best known for her work on medieval culture, comparative literature, and women’s spirituality.

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 2016 the Fund had grown to approximately $10,900. In February 2017, a gift of approximately $50,000 boosted the Fund significantly! For more information about the recent gift to the Endowment, check out page 7 of the spring 2017 Simpson Magazine by clicking here.

The original goal of the lectureship was to expose Simpson students to the leading thinkers in religion, biblical studies, and social ethics. The Endowment will ensure the Lecture’s future.

Past speakers include

1980 – Stanley Hauerwas 1999 – Roberta Bondi
1981 – John Dominic Crossan 2000 – Luke Timothy Johnson
1982 – Will Campbell 2001 – L. Gregory Jones
1983 – John Cobb 2002 – William H. Willimon
1984 – John Yoder 2003 – George Forell
1985 – Stephen Crites 2004 – Stanley Hauerwas
1986 – Martin Marty 2005 – Robin W. Lovin
1987 – Beverly Wildung Harrison 2006 – Gregory Boyd
1988 – Walter Brueggemann 2007 – Pamela Eisenbaum
1989 – Dan Maguire 2008 – Mark D. Jordan
1990 – James Cone 2009 – Teresa L. Fry Brown
1991 – Huston Smith 2010 – Grant Wacker
1992 – Charles Long 2011 – William Cavanaugh
1993 – Sharon Ringe 2012 – Anantanand Ramachan
1994 – Robert McAfee Brown 2013 – Amy-Jill Levine
1995 – Rebecca Chopp 2014 – Victoria Barnett
1996 – Phyllis Trible 2015 – Traci West
1997 – Marcus Borg  2016 – David Gushee
 1998 – Richard Hays

For information about other Simpson traditions, click here.