Religion scholar and author Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of The Gnostic Gospels, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation and other respected works. She will visit Case Western Reserve University as the keynote speaker for the 2014 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in Severance Hall.
Introduced in 2005 as the Distinguished Lecture Series, this annual event engages the Greater Cleveland community in discourse on important topics of our time. In 2010, the event was named in honor of Francis Joseph Callahan Jr., local business leader, philanthropist and chairman emeritus of Swagelok, a leading fluid system manufacturer headquartered in Solon, Ohio.
The lecture is presented with additional support from the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
Previous speakers include Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, renowned theoretical physicist Lisa Randall and legendary biologist E.O. Wilson. Read about the series.
Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community known for having forever changed the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Church as a unified movement. Learn more about the speaker.