Academic Events

Fall 2022

Core Plenary Lectures

September 21st - Welcome Plenary, Matt O'Hara, Stevenson College Provost

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

October 10th - Genesis: The Art of Biblical Storytelling, Bruce Thompson, Stevenson College Lecturer

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

Presentation notes Why did the authors of the Hebrew Bible choose to construct the book of Genesis as a series of narratives of troubled families?  How did they tell those stories, and what significant themes run through them?  What do these stories tell us about the biblical writers' view of the human condition?
Note: the link to the presentation notes is from the previous year. We will post the new notes ASAP. 

October 17th -  The Man We Called Jesus- A Historical Perspective, Geoff Childers, Stevenson College Lecturer

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

What can the lens of academic history tell us about the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth? What events and ideas shaped his world view? What were the core tenets of his preaching? Why was he crucified? What did he think happens to us when we die? How reliable are Gospel scriptures like Matthew in establishing what actually happened? The answers historians give to these questions are often quite different from what folks typically hear in church.

October 19th- Distinguished Alumni Lecture: John Rickford

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Stevenson Fire Lounge 

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November 14th - Love & Serve: What the Bhagavad-Gita Says about How to Live, Caren Camblin, Stevenson College Core Course Coordinator and Lecturer

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

Winter 2023 TBD

Core Plenary Lectures

January 11th - The Unresolved Question of Capitalism, Edward Kehler, Lecturer at Stevenson College, UCSC

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

After the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, the legacy and reputation of Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels appeared to be irreparably damaged. But in the twenty-first century, political discourse has increasingly focused on the social inequality and environmental cost of capitalism.  Is the Communist Manifesto’s critique of capitalism still relevant in the contemporary world?

January 25th - Faculty Seminar on Plato

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

 

February 8th, 13th by Ava Duvernay

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

Film Screening

February 22nd or March 1st: TBD

Time: 7:10 to 8:45

Location: The Stevenson Events Center

 

Spring 2023

Spring Distinguished Faculty Lecture - TBA