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Release: March 28, 2003

Historical Jesus Scholar to Speak at UI

N. T. Wright, renowned for his scholarly work in the debate about the historical Jesus, will present two public lectures at the UI Wednesday, April 2.

Wright will conduct a colloquium, "Subverting the Empire: Another View of Paul," at 3:30 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. Evan Fales, UI professor of philosophy, and David Jaspers, visiting professor in the department of religious studies, will respond.

At 8 p.m. Wright will give a public lecture, "Politics and the Cross: Meanings for the 21st Century," in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Both appearances are open to the public.

Wright is an internationally renowned historian, scholar and speaker. He was named recently the Bishop of Durham, the fourth ranking see in England. Prior to this appointment, Wright served as the canon theologian of Westminster Abbey, dean of the Lichfield Cathedral, and taught New Testament studies for 20 years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities.

His visit is sponsored by The Geneva Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by UI's Student Government, the department of religious studies and literature, science and the arts program, as well as more than 20 churches and Christian student organizations in Iowa City.

The Geneva Lectures Series was founded in 1976 to present the academy with the challenge of the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to contemporary life. To date, 57 nationally and internationally known speakers from a wide variety of disciplines and professions have been invited to speak on campus.

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