Topeka, Kan. – Dr. Eva Mroczek will deliver her lecture ‘Out of the Cave: Manuscript Discoveries and New Biblical Pasts” as part of the Thomas L. King Lecture in Religious Studies series. The lecture takes place Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Washburn Rooms A and B in Memorial Union on the Washburn University campus. A reception will follow immediately after the lecture. Both the lecture and reception are free and the public is welcome.
Mroczek is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of California-Davis. She is a scholar of early Jewish texts and traditions with research spanning both canonical and non-canonical works. Mroczek’s work is distinguished by the breadth of her research; she considers not just content of early Jewish books but also the world in which they were created and their material form. Her award-winning first book, “The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity,” was published in 2016.
The Thomas L. King Lecture in Religious Studies was established in 1982, as a gift from the First Congregational Church in Topeka from funds donated in memory of Thomas L. King, an alumnus and benefactor of Washburn. The series enriches the religious studies program at Washburn University by providing a forum for students, faculty, and community members to become familiar with the work of leading scholars in the field.
The series has been fortunate in having a number of very distinguished scholars as speakers. Previous lecturers have included Walter Brueggemann, Jacob Neusner, Martin Marty, John Dominic Crossan, Huston Smith, Wendy Doniger, Bart Ehrman, and Peter Gomes. In addition to the formal public lecture, speakers' schedules are typically arranged so they can meet informally with a class of undergraduates.