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Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture Series


Karen Swallow Prior, Ph.DSouthern Adventist University’s honors program, Southern Scholars, is pleased to welcome Karen Swallow Prior, Ph.D., as the presenter for the second annual Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture. Her presentation is titled "Conversion: What Can the Evangelical Movement Teach Us about Religious Transformation?" This installment of the lecture series will take place on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Mabel Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium.

Evangelicals have been defined throughout their 300-year-old movement by an emphasis on the conversion experience. This emphasis emerged from a number of historical and theological developments that continue to this day. Understanding this history can help us better understand the national religious and cultural landscape of the present.

Karen Swallow Prior earned her Ph.D. in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a popular writer and speaker, as well as a columnist for Religion News Service. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, and many other places. Her most recent book is The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis (Brazos, 2023).

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



Benjamin McArthur Endowed Lecture

"Conversion: What Can the Evangelical Movement Teach Us about Religious Transformation?"

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.

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