Rowe to Speak at Mount Olive College Harrison Lecture

MOUNT OLIVE-   University of Mount Olive will hold its 21st annual Vivian B. Harrison Memorial Lecture in Rodgers Chapel on Tuesday April 19, 2011, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. C. Kavin Rowe, assistant professor of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School.
The topic of his lectures will be “Ecclesiology in Luke-Acts.” The first lecture will be entitled “Cultural Disruption and the Claim to Innocence: The Christian Mission” and his second, “The Ecclesiology of Acts.”
In addition to teaching, Rowe is the author of multiple scholarly articles, and two books: Early Narrative Christology and World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age. He also co-edited The Word Leaps the Gap and Rethinking the Unity and Reception of Luke and Acts. Rowe has been a Fulbright Scholar, Regional Scholar for the Society of Biblical Literature, chair of the Society’s Southeastern Region New Testament section, and was elected to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship, a Christian Faith and Life Grant from the Louisville Institute, the John Templeton Prize for Theological Promise, and, most recently, the Paul J. Achtemeier Award.
The Vivian B. Harrison Lecture was established by the Reverend Frank R. Harrison in memory of his late wife. The purpose of the lecture is to provide a medium for continuing education for the ministers and laypersons of North Carolina.
Mrs. Harrison was a graduate of University of Mount Olive and Barton College, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught public school in North Carolina for 17 years before retiring in 1986 due to illness.
The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact Dr. Tyanna Yonkers at 919-658-7861 or email Funding for this event is provided by the Vivian Harrison Endowed Fund.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit