Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Carter is the first speaker in a series of five lectures, Religion and the South, sponsored by Columbia and Montreat Conference Center, in Montreat, NC, this summer. Montreat College is providing the meeting space at the Chapel of the Prodigal. 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 present lectures, along with Sam Hill and Mary McClintock Fulkerson. Hill, who is 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 which is being developed by Columbia’s faculty and 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.
Monday, July 23 Dan Carter
Is There Still a Dixie?: Race, Religion and Politics in the 20th Century South
Tuesday, July 24 Marcia Riggs
When and Where I Enter: African-American Women on Race, Religion, and Social Reform in the 19th Century
Wednesday, July 25 Sam Hill
Endlessly Fascinating: Southern Religion Was, Is, and (Ever Shall Be)
Thursday, July 26 Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Religion and Women in Appalachia
Friday, July 27 Erskine Clarke
“I See No Obstacle To The Elevation Of The African”: John Leighton Wilson, Pioneer Missionary in West Africa