Newberry Discussion Series to Provoke Thought, Questions & Debate

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Newberry is pleased to announce the launch of “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of three discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse and frame important questions about moral, religious, and political issues of today. Each evening will feature a renowned, recently published author in conversation with a distinguished interviewer, followed by discussion with and among the audience.

Pre-eminent National Book Award winner and University of Chicago professor Martin Marty and the Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, will comprise the inaugural event’s featured participants. The Rev. Dr. Buchanan has been senior pastor of Chicago’s historic Fourth Presbyterian since 1985, and is the editor and publisher of The Christian Century, one of the country’s finest journals of religious news and commentary. He and Professor Marty will discuss the most recent addition to Marty’s published oeuvre (of more than 50 books), Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison: A Biography.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his involvement in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. His Letters and Papers from Prison, a series of ruminations about the role of Christianity in an increasingly secular world, has been widely influential—religiously and politically—since publication in 1951. Professor Marty traces the history of this influence, and explores the different ways in which Bonhoeffer’s work has been used by civil rights activists, anti-apartheid campaigners, “death-of-God” theologians, and East German Marxists. The Rev. Dr. Buchanan and Professor Marty will develop these considerations into a larger discussion of the role of religion and religious activism today.

Event details:

6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Ruggles Hall

This event is free of charge, and no registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating will be determined on a first come, first served basis; seats will likely fill quickly, so please arrive early.