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Lectures

Neustadt Lectures

The Neustadt Lectures were established in 1983 by Walter and Dolores Neustadt of Ardmore, Oklahoma for the purpose of strengthening understanding of the great contributions of the Judaic religious tradition to Western civilization and thought. Scholars are invited to the campus to speak on informative themes in the areas of Hebrew Scriptures, Judaic thought, and Jewish ethics and art.

2022 Neustadt Lecture Series • Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway

Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway

2022 Neustadt Lecture Series • Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway • February 17, 2022

Kristine Henriksen Garroway is visiting assistant professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She received her doctorate in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies at the HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 2009. She has studied and researched in Israel and has participated in excavations at Ashkelon, Tel Dor, and Tel Dan. Garroway’s books include: Children in the Ancient Near Eastern Household (Eisenbrauns 2014), Growing Up in Ancient Israel: Children in Material Culture and Biblical Texts (Society of Biblical Literature 2018), and Children and Methods: Listening to and Learning from Children in the Biblical World, co-edited with John W. Martens (Brill 2020). She is the recipient of the Biblical Archaeological Society’s 2019 Publication Award for Best Book Relating to Hebrew Bible, and is a regular contributor to thetorah.com.

Lecture Schedule

1–2 P.M. CST:
UNCOVERING THE CHILDREN OF ANCIENT ISRAEL
OCU campus in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel Sanctuary

2:30–3:45 P.M. CST:
CHILDREN AT PLAY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE AND ANCIENT NEAR EAST
OCU campus in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel Watson Lounge (lower level)

7–8 P.M. CST:
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT: ANCIENT TEXTS OF DANGER(OUS) CHILDREN
Temple B’Nai Israel, 4901 N Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK

Willson Lectures

The Willson Lectures are provided by an endowment from James M. and Mavis Willson of Floydada, Texas. The lectures are directed to the interest of students in the area of religion and society.

The Willsons were outstanding members of the United Methodist Church. Their Christian vision was truly ecumenical in its outreach. Since 1953, their gift to Oklahoma City University has brought to campus speakers of interna-tional stature from the areas of religion, science, Christian theology and ethics, church history, biblical studies, and liturgical studies.

2021 Willson Lecture Series • Rev. Robin Meyers, PhD.

2021 Willson Lecture Series • Rev. Robin Meyers, PhD.

2021’s featured speaker was the Rev. Robin Meyers, PhD. Meyers is a retired Senior Minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church of Oklahoma City, and Tenured Distinguished Professor of Social Justice Emeritus in the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma City University. Meyers lectures nationally and internationally on the merits of Progressive Christianity; gave the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale; and is the subject of a feature-length documentary (“American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel”) about the unlikely success of his progressive ministry in perhaps American’s most conservative state.