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Dr. Amy-Jill Levine Selected as Otis Young Lecturer

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, author and professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will speak at Doane's Crete campus and First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln as the 2010 Otis Young Lecturer.

She will present "The Politics, Economics and Ethics of the ‘Good Samaritan'" in Doane's Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., rooms 238/240 on Friday, April 23. (The lecture is free and open to the public.)

Levine holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina- Upstate.

Her most recent publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne); the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton), as well as the 14-volume series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum).

A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

Levine also will give a workshop and a keynote at First-Plymouth at 20th and D streets in Lincoln April 22.

Her visit is part of the "Otis Young Lecture on Ethics and Religion," sponsored by Doane and First-Plymouth.  The series, established in 2006, invites a scholar to address current ethical issues and/or religious traditions.  It honors the late Rev. Dr. Otis Young's 35 years of ministry at First-Plymouth Church, his service to the community, and his years of service on Doane College's Board of Trustees.

For additional information on the Crete event, contact Doane Chaplain Karla Cooper at karla.cooper@doane.edu. For information on the First-Plymouth events, contact Tammy Alvis at tammy@firstplymouth.org.