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Holland (MA '91) and Hicks to speak at Edwards-Presler Lectures Oct. 23

Oct 15, 2012

An economist and a bioethicist who engage multiple disciplines to address issues of global mission and justice will be the featured speakers for the Seventh Annual Edwards-Presler lectures at Louisville Seminary on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Caldwell Chapel.

Dr. Douglas Hicks, Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, will speak on “Money, Mission and Responses to Global Poverty” at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Suzanne Holland, John B. Magee Chair in Science and Values, and Professor of Religion and Honors at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, will speak at 7 p.m. Holland, who received a master's degree in biblical studies from Louisville Seminary in 1991, will speak on “Give Me Children or I Shall Die! Technologies of Desire and Fertility Tourism."

“These will be exciting and challenging lectures from two very gifted and very different scholars,” said David Hester, Director of Continuing Education. “Both work constantly across disciplines with issues of ethics and religion that involve the church’s engagement with global issues and questions of justice and peace.”

The author of four books, including Money Enough (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Hicks is a graduate of Davidson College (AB), Duke University (MDiv), and Harvard University (MA, PhD) where he studied with noted theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. A frequent commentator in the media, his scholarship focuses on leadership, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.

Hicks previously served as Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, and as the founding director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, where he taught from 1998-2012. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hicks has served as visiting faculty at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Dr. Holland, who is originally from Louisville, KY, has established an international reputation as a bioethicist and lectures extensively on the ethics of stem cell research and the ethics and justice of new genetic technologies and biotechnologies, including assisted reproduction, and science and technology issues as they relate to religion, gender and culture.

She joined the faculty in the Department of Religion at the University of Puget Sound in 1997, serving as its chairperson from 2002-2009. She was appointed the Philip M. Phibbs Research Professor in 2008. Additionally, she was elected three times to the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (2001-present), the Board of Directors of the American Society of Bioethics & Humanities (2006-09), holds an affiliate faculty appointment at University of Washington School of Medicine as Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, and also serves there on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

The Edwards Peacemaking Lectureship honors Dr. George Edwards and his wife, Jean. Dr. Edwards, who died in 2010, served the Seminary for 27 years as Professor of New Testament. Together, the Edwards shared a ministry that was active in Christian efforts for peace and social justice.

The Henry H. and Marion A. Presler Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor the lifetime missionary service of the Presler couple and to inspire the community about issues of global mission and the role of American denominations in their historical and present witness in mission.

“These lectures are intended to put global mission and social justice in conversation with each other to remind us that, while these two concerns are most often separated, they truly belong together,” said Hester.

The endowed lectures are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the evening lecture.

For more information about the lectures, contact Continuing Education.

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