Sugirtharajah to Present Kathleen O’Connor Lectures

Distinguished scholar Dr. R.S. Sugirtharajah, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham, U.K. will present the Kathleen O’Connor Lectures at Columbia Theological Seminary on March 1-2, 2016. Dr. Sugirtharajah’s first lecture is titled “Marginal Mappers, Eternal Outsiders :  25 years of  Voices from the Margins” and will be held at 7:00 pm on March 1 in the Harrington Center Chapel with a reception following. The second lecture is titled “Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: a review of a contentious theory” and will be held on March 2, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Ellis room of Richards Center.

The lectures will be offered free to the public each day on the seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA. The lectures will also be livestreamed at http://livestream.com/ctsnet/2016KOL.

These lectures honor the many contributions of Kathleen M. O’Connor, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, made in biblical scholarship for the sake of the world. For nearly three decades, first at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY (1982-1994) and then at Columbia (1995-2010), Prof. O’Connor has modeled close reading of the biblical text, rigorous engagement of the text in light of intercultural, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary conversations, and the articulation of compelling, fresh claims for the relevance and power of the text and its interpretation for present-day realities. For students and colleagues around the world, Prof. O’Connor exemplifies first-rate biblical scholarship that is spiritually significant and globally aware.

R.S. Sugirtharajah was born and brought up in Sri Lanka, and had his postgraduate education in India and the United Kingdom. He is author and editor of significant volumes on biblical studies, including The Bible and Asia (Harvard University Press), Exploring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism (Wiley-Blackwell), The Bible and Empire (Cambridge University Press), The Bible and the Third World (Cambridge University Press) and Postcolonial Criticism and Biblical Interpretation (Oxford University Press). His Voices from the Margin was a Catholic Book Award winner. His writings have been translated into several international languages.

Columbia Theological Seminary is committed to “educating imaginative, resilient leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers seven graduate degree programs and dozens courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through the Center for Lifelong Learning courses and events. For more information, please visit www.ctsnet.edu.

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