Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 4/12/02 Religion Professor Peter Hawkins Gives Talk on Book of Job

MARLBORO, VT - Peter S. Hawkins, professor of religion at Boston University, will present a lecture on the book of Job at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater.

Rather than viewing this ancient biblical text as an answer to human suffering, Hawkins sees the work, on the one hand, as a vindication of the human sufferer as someone who speaks with particular authority and, on the other, as a glorification of the natural world in all its wildness and untamed beauty.

Hawkins directs the new Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts at Boston University. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Yale (where, until 2000, he was professor of religion and literature at Yale Divinity School).

Hawkins has written widely on twentieth-century American fiction, utopia, the language of ineffability, and the arts of memory (the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt). However, his concentration, both in scholarship and teaching, has long been on Dante. Two recent publications are Dante's Testaments: Essays in Scriptural Imagination (Stanford, 1999) and The Poets' Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections, edited with Rachel Jacoff (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2001).

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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