On October 15, 2015, we look forward to welcoming the Rev. Dr. Traci West, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School and ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Disruptive Christian Ethics is among Dr. West’s several books. She is currently working on the intersection of religion, racism, and violence against women.
Dr. West will speak on “How Racism and Religion can Promote Violence Against Women.” The lecture, in Hubbell Hall in Kent Campus Center, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and 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 $7,000.
The original goal of the lectureship was to expose Simpson students to the leading thinkers in religion, biblical studies, and social ethics.
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Past speakers include
|1980 – Stanley Hauerwas||1997 – Marcus Borg|
|1981 – John Dominic Crossan||1998 – Richard Hays|
|1982 – Will Campbell||1999 – Roberta Bondi|
|1983 – John Cobb||2000 – Luke Timothy Johnson|
|1984 – John Yoder||2001 – L. Gregory Jones|
|1985 – Stephen Crites||2002 – William H. Willimon|
|1986 – Martin Marty||2003 – George Forell|
|1987 – Beverly Bildung Harrison||2004 – Stanley Hauerwas|
|1988 – Walter Brueggemann||2005 – Robin W. Lovin|
|1989 – Dan Maguire||2006 – Gregory Boyd|
|1990 – James Cone||2007 – Pamela Eisenbaum|
|1991 – Huston Smith||2008 – Mark D. Jordan|
|1992 – Charles Long||2009 – Teresa L. Fry Brown|
|1993 – Sharon Ringe||2010 – Grant Wacker|
|1994 – Robert McAfee Brown||2011 – William Cavanaugh|
|1995 – Rebecca Chopp||2012 – Anantanand Ramachan|
|1996 – Phyllis Trible||2013 – Amy-Jill Levine|
|2014 – Victoria Barnett|