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"Martyrdom, Persecution, Politics" Is Subject of Religion Lecture Series at Pomona College

“Martyrdom, Persecution, Politics: Political Afterlives of the Early Christian Tradition of Martyrdom,” is the subject of The Clark Horowitz Lectures in Religion—an annual series at Pomona College. Elizabeth A. Castelli, professor of religion at Barnard College, will deliver these lectures on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, October 11th at 11 a.m.

Castelli, a specialist in biblical studies, early Christianity and feminist/gender studies in religion, will examine the historical tradition of martyrdom,
the ways in which this tradition's focus on witnessing comes into Catholic anti-war activism today, and the current perception by some conservative Christian
groups that there is a cultural war against Christians. Castelli’s most recent book is Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making (Columbia, 2004).

The lecture schedule is as follows:

Tues., Oct. 9
‘When You See Blood, It Brings Truth’: Catholic Ritual and Resistance in a Time of War

Thurs., Oct. 11
Persecution Complexes and the ‘War on Christians’

Both lectures will be held at the Rose Hills Theater (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). For more information, call (909)607-0026.

The Clark Horowitz Lectures in Religion are a time-honored tradition at Pomona College, dating back to 1924 when a gift by Arthur O. and Laura Clark of Covina, California, made possible an annual series of Clark Lectures in Religion, the first of which was held in 1926. Mr. David Horowitz, class of 1973, has enabled this tradition to continue, with a more recent gift in 1999. Distinguished speakers in this series have included Jonathan Z. Smith, Wendy Doniger, James Barr, Anne-Marie Schimmel, Robert Gibbs and Vincent Cornell, among others.