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Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture Series


Eric Anderson, PhD

Southern Adventist University’s honors program, Southern Scholars, is pleased to welcome historian Eric Anderson, PhD, as presenter for the inaugural Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Mabel Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium. His presentation is titled "Smashing Icons: Reflections on Thomas Jefferson and Others."

Anderson, a close friend of the McArthur family, holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago. In addition to 30 years of teaching and administration in Adventist higher education, he has been a Fulbright lecturer in Greece and a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. A specialist in United States history, his research focus includes an interest in African American history and the South. He has written on a variety of historical topics, including Reconstruction and race in politics. His most recent publication is a chapter in Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet, published by Oxford University Press.

The Benjamin McArthur Lecture Series is free to attend, and all are welcome.



Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture

"Smashing Icons: Reflections on Thomas Jefferson and Others"

Ackerman Auditorium, Mabel Wood Hall

07:00 PM-

About the Lecture Series

Benjamin McArthur, PhDBenjamin McArthur was a beloved professor and an active scholar. He taught in the History and Political Studies Department of Southern from 1979 until 2017, except for a three-year period from 2009-2012 during which he served as the academic dean of Southwestern Adventist University. He published three books and numerous articles during his long academic career.

The Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture Series addresses topics that McArthur cared deeply about: the life of the mind, service to community, and spiritual commitment. Additionally, it offers opportunities for participating students, employees, and community members to have informal conversations with the guest speakers, including luncheons and receptions.

Support the Lecture Series

Your gift will honor Benjamin McArthur's legacy and support future lectures that examine the relevance of history to our contemporary context.