(April 2, 2013)

New Testament scholar Robert Jewett to visit Centenary April 8-12

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary will host leading New Testament scholar Dr. Robert Jewett as a visiting Attaway Fellow, April 8-12. Jewett will deliver a lecture, "Spielberg's Lincoln and the Issue of American Exceptionalism," on Monday, April 8, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium. This illustrated lecture is free and open to the public.

Robert Jewett

"Dr. Jewett is a pioneer in exploring the impact of popular mythology on American religion and politics," said Dr. Spencer Dew, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. "His lecture offers a revealing reading of Lincoln as both a historical figure and a character in the American imagination. What's so exciting about Professor Jewett's work is that he uses his close reading of, in this case, representations of Lincoln to diagnose and talk about our current political situation."

In the days following the lecture, Jewett will continue the discussion with Centenary students in various classes.

Jewett is a graduate of the Universities of Chicago and Tübingen. In 1973, he wrote The Captain America Complex: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism to show that popular culture and the crusading tradition of American religion contributed to a tragically misleading rationale for the Vietnam War. In this and subsequent books, Jewett has argued that the "prophetic realism" of Abraham Lincoln and the theology of the Apostle Paul offer healthy alternatives to this crusading impulse. Jewett is also the author of Captain America and the Crusade against Evil, Saint Paul at the Movies, Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of Religious Zeal in America (2008), and From Rome to Beijing: Symposia on Robert Jewett's Commentary on Romans (2013).

Jewett taught at Morningside College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University before becoming a guest professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2000. In 2009, Jewett started spending part of each year as Theologian-in-Residence at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE.

Funded by and named for Douglas and Marion Attaway, the Attaway Board of Regents Professorships in Civic Culture, Attaway Fellows, and Attaway Scholars designations are awarded to intellectuals who have made notable contributions to the public discussion. Any student, professor, or staff member may propose Attaway Fellows or Scholars to the Convocation Committee, which, in turn, makes recommendations to the Provost.