October 8, 2001
Yale's Pelikan to speak on Russian Christ
By Elaine Justice
Jaroslav Pelikan, one of the worlds most distinguished and honored
historians and theologians, will deliver a series of lectures Oct. 911
to help inaugurate Emorys McDonald Chair for the Study of Jesus
Pelikan, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University,
will give five lectures on campus dealing with Russian spirituality and
the Russian Christ. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Pelikan currently is the distinguished visiting professor of ancient
rhetoric in the Annen-berg School for Communication at the University
of Pennsylvania. He recently was appointed a senior distinguished visiting
scholar at the Library of Congress.
Pelikan is the author of the best-selling Jesus Through the Centuries
(1985), one of the most acclaimed works of intellectual history in recent
years. The New York Times lauded its rich and expansive description
of Jesus impact on the general history of culture,
adding that the book is unique among current publications in bridging
scholarly and popular discourse on the prophet from Nazareth over the
past 2,000 years.
Pelikan has since supplemented the work with The Illustrated Jesus
Through the Centuries (1997), and his writings span all of Christian
history, including such major works as the five-volume The Christian
Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (197189),
The Excellent Empire: The Fall of Rome and the Triumph of the Church
(1987) and Christianity and Classical Culture (1993).
The McDonald Chair is a distinguished visiting professorship devoted
to the person and teachings of Jesus and their cultural impact. The focus
of the chair is the appreciation of the ways in which Jesus has affected
culture, and the ways in which culture has helped shape the figure of
The McDonald Chair is interdisciplinary in character, allowing scholars
to approach the subject from a variety of perspectives. Future chairholders
will include artists, musicians and poets, as well as scholars in the
humanities and social sciences. The constants in the professorship are
its focus on the figure of Jesus and its involvement both with the faculty
and students of Emory and the Atlanta community through public lectures
The McDonald Chair was established with funds from The McDonald Agape
Foundation, a private charitable foundation established by Alonzo McDonald,
a longtime member of the Board of Trustees. The foundation is dedicated
to the encouragement and support of non-denominational, Christ-centered
activities and programs that can influence the thinking of future leaders.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. The Dynamism of the Christological
Tradition: Orthodoxy as Pravoslavie.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Christ as Example and Exemplar
in Russian Spirituality.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. A New Gospel Parable: The
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m. The Gospels in Action: The Christ
of the Russian Icon.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. The Gospels in Action: Russian
All lectures will be held in 208 White Hall. For more information call