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“Religion and the South” Lecture Series in Montreat, NC, July 23-27

2007-04-11

Decatur, GA.— Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Carter is the first speaker in a series of five lectures, “Religion and the South,” July 23-27, in the chapel at Montreat College. The lectures will be presented from 2:30-3:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free and open to the public. Carter is the Education Foundation Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He has been the Pitt Professor in American History at Cambridge University and has appeared frequently on NPR and PBS. Marcia Riggs, the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, and Erskine Clarke, professor of American religious history, will also present lectures, along with Sam Hill and Mary McClintock Fulkerson. Hill, considered the “dean” of religion in the South studies, is the author of numerous books and is the editor of the new Encyclopedia of Religion and the South. Fulkerson is associate professor of theology at Duke University. Her recent work includes studies of Appalachian women and religion. Clarke, author of the highly acclaimed book Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic, is the organizer of the lectures series, the inaugural event in programming developed by Columbia’s faculty and the Center for Lifelong Learning as a result of the seminary’s involvement with the Montreat Historical Collections. A significant portion of the collections, including personal papers and church records, is being transferred to the seminary as a result of the closing of the Presbyterian Historical Society’s location in Montreat. Holdings transferred to Columbia include archival, library, and museum materials of Presbyterian history and the worldwide Reformed tradition. The collection includes a large manuscript division, a library of bound books, and material artifacts of 500 years of Reformed history. 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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