Burning Earth, April 4 2024 lecture

Gallagher Lecture: climate change/religious studies

Albright College’s annual James J. Gallagher Memorial Lecture will be offered by Professor Musa W. Dube, Ph.D., of the New Testament at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dube will present “Heat Waves, Frequent and Extreme Storms: Reading the Fourth Gospel in the Context of Climate Change,” Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., in the college’s Center for the Arts, Klein Lecture Hall.

Scientific research and data widely attest that human beings are at the center of contemporary environmental crisis. How does the context of climate change and environmental crisis impact biblical interpretation? How should interpreters of the biblical text read in solidarity with Mother Earth? What are the ethics of reading the biblical text within and through the heat waves and extreme weather events? For the 2024 Gallagher Lecture, Dube will explore these questions by reading the Bible’s fourth gospel (John) within the context of climate change and global warming.

An award-winning New Testament scholar, professor and speaker, Dube is the author of at least 300 academic works and an editor of 20 anthologies, including “Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible” and “The HIV and AIDS Bible: Some Selected Essays.” The annual Gallagher Memorial Lecture honors Albright alumnus James J. Gallagher Jr. ’50, who taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was chair of Drexel’s law department until his death in 1977. The series is designed to bring outstanding religious studies scholars to Albright.

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