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!
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|
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