Upcoming Lectures

First Person Singular: Voicing the Christian "I"
Prof. Peter S. Hawkins

Cocke Hall Philosophy Library
April 10-12, 2018

Reception to follow immediately after each lecture.


The James W. Richard Lecture Committee will host Professor Peter S. Hawkins of Yale Divinity School for a series of three lectures entitled "First Person Singular: Voicing the Christian 'I.'" The lectures will take place April 10-12 and will be followed immediately by a catered reception.  All lectures are free and open to the public. No registration required. 

Professor Hawkins is Professor of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, USA. After earning his Ph. D. in English from Yale University, Prof. Hawkins taught Comparative Literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Religion and Literature at both Yale Divinity School and Boston University (where he received the Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching). Prof. Hawkins has also co-directed the Dante Institute, NEH in Florence, Italy, as well as directing the Luce Program in Scripture and the Literary Arts at Boston University. A prolific author, Prof. Hawkins' research spans religion and the arts, biblical reception history, literature, preaching, and pedagogy.

Prof. Hawkins' work has long-centered on Dante: Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (winner of a 2001 AAR Book Prize), The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Responses (2001), co-edited with Rachel Jacoff, and Dante: A Brief History (2006). The poet features as well in his expansion of his 2007 Beecher Lectures on Preaching in Undiscovered Country: Imagining the World to Come (2009). He has recent essays on Dante in the Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia, Medieval Perspectives, Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante’s ‘Comedy, Dante in Context, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts.

Prof. Hawkins' research in the history of biblical reception has led to three volumes co-edited with Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg: Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs (2006), Medieval Readings of Romans (2007), and From the Margin I: Women of the Hebrew Bible and their Afterlives (2009). Together with Paula Carlson he edited the Augsburg Fortress four-volume series, Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith. He has also written on twentieth-century fiction (The Language of Grace), utopia (Getting Nowhere), and the language of ineffability (Naming the Unnamable from Dante to Beckett). Professor Hawkins’ essays have dealt with such topics as memory and memorials, televangelism, scriptural interpretation, and preaching. His most recent book, written with Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, is The Bible and the American Short Story

Among his many honors, he has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at Cambridge University, a Starr Fellow at Oxford University, and a Bogliasco Fellow at the Centro Studi Ligure, Bogliasco [Genova]. 

Please contact Lucila Crena (lc9da@virginia.edu) and Meghan Hartman (meh5mn@virginia.edu) with any questions.