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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on Early Christian Saint

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a talk by Yale University professor Stephen Davis on Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Drescher Community Room, located in the Panasci Family Chapel. The title of his talk is “Thinking with Thecla: Gender and the Study of Christianity in Late Antiquity.”

In recognition of the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month – Our History is Our Strength – this event focuses on the Early Christian Saint Thecla, who in the Eastern Churches was called “equal among apostles.” Her life story combines the topics of sexual violence against women, religious self-determination and female sexual power. Davis traces how the life of Thecla has been received by followers and scholars of Christianity and analyzes how gender functions as a critical category to shape a more inclusive and richer understanding of the history of Christianity.

Stephen Davis is a professor of religious studies at Yale University, and specializes in the history of ancient and medieval Christianity with a special focus on the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. Prior to arriving at Yale, he lived and taught in Egypt where he served as academic dean and professor of New Testament and early church history at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, the official Arabic-language seminary of the Coptic Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church, Synod of the Nile.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Study Program at Le Moyne. For more information, call (315) 445-4512.

posted on: 3/11/2011