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Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: Beth Allison Barr


Nov 16 2022


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Goodson Chapel

Duke Divinity School

Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: Christianity and Women

with Beth Allison Barr and Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

Join us on Wednesday, November 16, at 4:00 p.m. in Goodson Chapel as we welcome Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., for a conversation about Christianity and women.

In addition to her academic research on women and religion in medieval and early modern England, Professor Barr is a highly sought-after public scholar. She has contributed to such outlets as The Washington Post, Christianity Today The Dallas Morning News, and Sojourners, and her work has been featured by NPR and The New Yorker. Her most recent book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth (2021), was a USA Today and Publisher's Weekly best seller and a 2022 Christianity Today book award finalist.

Professor Barr will be in conversation with Elizabeth Schrader Polczer, doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at Duke and the 2022-23 Anne Firor Scott Public Scholarship Fellow. This is the second in Polczer's four-part series, "Contemporary Conversations in Christianity."

Free and open to the public. Support for this event comes from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with additional assistance from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate Program in Religion, Duke Chapel, and the the Baptist House of the Divinity School at Duke University.

To help us meet the needs of our community, we request that you register for this event. Registration will help ensure that we have ample parking and support for the event.

UPDATE 6:30 PM November 15: Registration for parking has closed, but all are still welcome to attend. We just will be unable to provide assistance with parking to those who have not yet registered.

This is an in-person only event. We encourage attendees to wear masks in order to keep our community safe.

Contemporary Conversations in Christianity

#1: Christianity and its Future
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D.

Wed, Oct 12, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#2: Christianity and Women
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D.

Wed, Nov 16, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#3: Christianity and Whiteness
Khyati Joshi, Ph.D. 

Wed, Feb 15, 4 pm

#4: Christianity and the LGBTQ Community
James Martin, S.J.

Wed, Apr 5, 4 pm



Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

Duke University

Elizabeth Schrader Polczer is a doctoral candidate in Early Christianity in the Graduate Program in Religion. Her research interests include textual criticism, the New Testament Gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, and Mary Magdalene. She holds an M.A. and an S.T.M. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Her work…...

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Beth Allison Barr

Baylor University

Beth Allison Barr is the James Vardaman Professor of History at Baylor University where she teaches undergraduate courses on European women, medieval history, and world history, as well as graduate courses on women and religion in the medieval and early modern world, medieval sermons, medieval Britain, and feminist theory. Barr…...

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