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Erskine Clarke Lecturing in Columbia, SC, January 28-29


Decatur, GA.—Erskine Clarke, professor of American religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, will deliver the Preston Lectures at Shandon Presbyterian in Columbia, SC, on January 28-29, 2007. The lectures are at 7:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday evenings. Clarke will also preach at the church’s two morning services on Sunday, January 28. Sunday evening’s lecture is titled “ ‘As To The Principle of Slavery, It Is Wrong!’: Charles Colcock Jones and the Gullah People.” Monday evening’s lecture is “ ‘I See No Obstacle To The Elevation Of The African’: John Leighton Wilson, A South Carolinian In West Africa.” The Sunday evening lecture will draw heavily on Clarke’s 2005 book, Dwelling Place, the “upstairs-downstairs” story of four generations of wealthy white planters and their slaves and the extraordinarily complex ways in which these two communities interacted. Monday’s lecture will focus on the subject of Clarke’s current research project. Columbia University awarded Dwelling Place the Bancroft Prize for distinguished work in American history. The book also won the Georgia Historical Society’s Bell Award for the best book on Georgia history published in 2005. The Dr. John M. Preston Lecture Series was established in 1986 by an endowed fund in honor of Dr. Preston, a longstanding member and leader at Shandon Presbyterian Church. This gift enables the church to invite outstanding interpreters of the Christian faith for an annual weekend of spiritual enrichment. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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