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Notre Dame’s Mark Noll to deliver Bartlett Lecture on January 30


Mark A. Noll, the McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 2006-07 Bartlett Lecture at Yale Divinity School on Jan. 30, 2007 on the topic "The contribution of African American religious thought to the Civil Rights revolution, 1760 – 1954."

Mark NollAccording to Noll, his lecture will treat the various strands of black Christian thinking and practice that developed from the days of slavery, through the American Civil War, and in the dark period of Jim Crow segregation before the emergence of a public theology in the era of Brown v. Board of Education (and Martin Luther King, Jr.). He will argue that the effectiveness of black religion in the civil rights era was able to draw on several potent strands of religious thought that, for the most part, have not been as carefully studied as their importance deserves.

The lecture will begin at 5:15 p.m. in Niebuhr Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the Sarah Smith Gallery.

After many years of teaching at Wheaton College, Noll joined the history department of the University of Notre Dame in summer 2006 as the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History. He was educated at Wheaton College (B.A., English), the University of Iowa (M.A., comparative literature), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., church history), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., American religious history). He has been the recipient of two yearlong fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in fall 2004 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an advisory editor for Books and Culture: A Christian Review and sub-editor for the new Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart . During the academic year 2004-05 he served as Maguire Fellow of American History and Ethics at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. In November 2006 he received the National Humanities Medal.

Noll's main academic interests concern the interaction of Christianity and culture in 18th- and 19th-century Anglo-American societies. His teaching includes general surveys in the history of Christianity, as well as more specific courses in American intellectual and religious history, Britain, Canada, and the history of history writing. He has published articles and reviews on a wide variety of subjects involving Christianity in modern history.

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