The Talking Text: How the Bible Came to Speak about Homosexuality
Please join us for the following talk by Heather White on Monday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m. The talk is sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Sexuality, under the direction of Professor Katherine Ewing. The talk will be held in 208 Knox Hall, 606 West 122nd Street.
Modern American Bible translations have become increasingly loquacious about same-sex sexuality. This talk traces the paradoxical ways that Protestant Bible practices, over the course of the twentieth century, facilitated marked change in the words of Holy Writ. This attention to a changing Bible illuminates the ways that Protestants actively took part in cultural changes to sexuality while also reforming the very authority that would seem to provide a timeless anchor to tradition.
Heather R. White is the Burke Scholar in Residence at the theological library of Columbia University. She has a Ph.D. in American Religion from Princeton University and has taught in religious studies programs at both Vassar College and New College of Florida. She is completing a book on American Protestants and homosexuality politics, tentatively titled Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Making of Modern Sexual Identity. She is in residence in New York this semester doing researching a second project, which examines liberal Protestant churches and leftist activism in New York during the 1960s and 1970s.
This event is free and open to the public.
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