Gary Herion - Faculty Lecture Series

Hartwick’s Herion To Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

October 23, 2012

Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Gary Herion will present a talk titled "The Liberal Arts Bible Project: Facing the Challenge of Bible Illiteracy in America's Colleges and Universities" as this month's installment in the Faculty Lecture Series. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday, October 26, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall on the Hartwick College Campus.

Bible illiteracy is everywhere, and it seems to be taking its toll not only on the liberal arts curriculum but also in our increasingly shrill "culture wars." This year, through the Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence Program, Hartwick College is providing money for the development of the Liberal Arts Bible Project, an ambitious collaborative effort of liberal arts college teachers across America to address the curricular challenges posed by biblical illiteracy, and to do so in a non-sectarian way. The group aims to develop a textbook of the Bible, to be used in college and high school classrooms.

The Project is also exploring more specialized classroom resources, focusing on the Bible as it relates to English literature, art history, western philosophy, American law and history, and American popular culture. Herion is the project director, and will report on progress to date during his lecture. His report will be followed by time allotted for audience feedback and brainstorming, in addition to the usual question and answer period.

Herion's lecture is the second of eight discussions during the 2012-13 academic year. All lectures will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge of Bresee Hall. Throughout the lecture series, faculty members will discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on politics, religion, art, economics, biology, and psychology.

This year's remaining faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

• October 26, 2012: Professor of Religious Studies Gary Herion, "The Liberal Arts Bible Project: Facing the Challenge of Bible Illiteracy in America's Colleges and Universities"

• November 16, 2012: Assistant Professor of Art Stephanie Rozene, "The Politics of Porcelain: Symbols of Wealth in Pre-revolutionary France and Contemporary Politics"

• December 7, 2012: Associate Professor of Economics Kristin Jones and Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley, "Auctions, Scrambles, and the Economics of Slave Sales in Colonial South Carolina"

• February 22, 2013: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Lisle Dalton, "Gilded Age Railroad Brotherhoods as Industrial Religion"

• March 15, 2013: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, "Where Minerals Meet Life: Fungal Weathering and Potassium Acquisition"

• April 12, 2013: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Doug Zullo, "The Soviet Occupation of Russian Orthodox Iconography"

• May 3, 2013: Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman, "Understanding the Dark Horse of Personality: When Will the Pessimist Win?"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
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