East Texas Baptist University:
MARSHALL (KYTX) - The 2013 Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture and Banquet will be held on Monday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Great Room on the first floor of the Bennett Student Commons at East Texas Baptist University. The lecture series program commemorates the late U.S. Representative and federal judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU.
Dr. Ronald A. Wells, Professor Emeritus of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and presently Director of the Maryville Symposium on Faith and Learning at Maryville College in Tennessee, is the 2013 Hall Lecturer. His theme will center on his most prominent research and writing on "The Troubles" and the peace processes in Northern Ireland during the late twentieth century, and the essential role of Christian communities in achieving the peace.
The theme also fits into a campus-wide emphasis during the 2013-2014 academic year on "Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World," for which ETBU has received a small stimulus grant from the Lilly Fellows Network.
According to Dr. Jerry Summers, ETBU Dean of the School of Humanities, "The Hall Lecture Series primarily has to do with Christian reflection about history and politics. Few issues are more important than the possible social and political roles that Christian believers can have in urging negotiation, reconciliation, restoration and forgiveness between communities in conflict.
The program will also include the announcement of the fourth annual Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award recipient. Previous awardees were Madeleine Segal Hall, Ray and Mona Lawson of Marshall, and Sue Jordan.
Tickets for the event are $35 per person and can be reserved by calling the ETBU School of Humanities at (903) 923-2083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested individuals or groups may inquire to reserve an entire table. Advance reservations are recommended by February 14 as seating is limited.
Dr. Ronald A. Wells is an historian whose work has focused on peace and justice issues and on bringing "faith and learning" discourse into professional historical scholarship. He is author or editor of fourteen books, including People Behind the Peace: Community and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland; Hope and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations; and History and the Christian Historian.
The Sam B. Hall Professorship and the Lecture Series were endowed in 1993 by the family and friends of Congressman and U.S. District Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr. A native of Marshall and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, now ETBU, and the Baylor University School of Law, Judge Hall was a member and president of several civic organizations and the Marshall Regional Medical Center before his death in 1994. The Hall Professor of History is Dr. Jerry L. Summers, Dean of the School of Humanities at ETBU.
ETBU has offered quality Christ-centered higher education since 1912.