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Free Transylvania lecture series to include Sen. Mitch McConnell

Other lectures on Dead Sea Scrolls, poetry, same-sex marriage

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2015) — During the first two weeks of November, Transylvania University will present four engaging lectures on a variety of topics—from the Dead Sea Scrolls to same-sex marriage to a Kentucky political history talk by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. All of the lectures are free, open to the public are in Carrick Theater, in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell

Lecture series:

  • Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.: Professor Lawrence Schiffman will speak on “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Judaism and Christianity.” Paul Jones, a religion professor at Transylvania, said of Schiffman, “He is without peer, the leading international scholar on the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. The discovery of the Dead Seas Scrolls in 1947 revolutionized the way scholars now understand Judaism during the time of Jesus.” Schiffman will lecture on “The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls” at Temple Adath Israel at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5.
  • Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.: Award-winning Detroit poet Jamaal May will give a reading of his first book, “Hum,” which won a Beatrice Hawley Award and American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee. He has published two chapbooks, and his poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Believer, Ploughshares, New England Review and The Kenyon Review. He also is the series editor, graphic designer and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.
  • Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.: University of Baltimore professor Ronald Weich will give a lecture titled “Same­Sex Marriage: How a Political Poison Pill Became a Federal Constitutional Right.” Weich is a former assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice and chief counsel to Sen. Harry Reid. Weich has published numerous articles on federal sentencing and other criminal law topics. A reception will follow in the lobby of Haggin Auditorium.
  • Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.: Sen. McConnell will give a historical lecture titled “Happy Chandler, Earle Clements and Thruston Morton: The Rivalry that Defined an Era and Launched a Career.”