Lectures Address “The Bible and Human Rights”
Tina Pippin of Agnes Scott College will present “The Bible and Human Rights: ‘Occupying’ Texts and Contexts” in the annual Austin College Allen-Head Lecture Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Pippin is professor and chair of religious studies at Agnes Scott College, a liberal arts college for women, in Decatur, Georgia. As an activist educator she teaches in the areas of biblical studies, ethics and social justice, women’s studies, and human rights.
Her publications include Death and Desire: The Rhetoric of Gender in the Apocalypse of John (Westminster/John Knox, 1992) and Apocalyptic Bodies: The Biblical End of the World in Text and Image (Routledge, 1999). She was a member of the collaborative writing group The Bible and Culture Collective that produced The Postmodern Bible (Yale University Press, 1995), and a co-editor, with David Jobling and Ron Schleifer, of The Postmodern Bible Reader (Blackwell, Spring 2001). Pippin also is the editor, with Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, of Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children (Semeia Studies, 2010).
For the past 15 years, Pippin has been involved with students at Agnes Scott in a mentoring relationship with “at-risk” young women and teen moms at Decatur High School. As part of her involvement in the Agnes Scott Living Wage Campaign, she facilitates and teaches in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program for college staff.
Pippin earned her bachelor’s degree at Mars Hill College, a master’s degree in divinity at Candler School of Theology, and a master’s degree in theology and Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Allen-Head Lecture Series was established by an endowment gift given in 1985 in memory and celebration of E. T. Allen, Sr., and Mary Bell Anderson Allen and Mr. & Mrs. E. T. Allen, Jr. and Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Head, Jr. of Whitesboro, Texas. The lectures feature nationally prominent speakers in the areas of religion, philosophy, psychology, history, and literature.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives.