Assistant professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota Hanne Loeland Levinson (pictured left) will present the 2016 Goodman Lecture. Her address, “The Uncensored Voice: Suffering, Protest, and Lament in the Hebrew Bible,” will be Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. in the Rauenhorst Ballroom of Coeur de Catherine on the University's St. Paul campus.
She is a member of the Center of Jewish Studies at the U of M, and received the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2008. She received this award for her first book, Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46 and 49. Currently, she is working on a book with the working title, Wishing for Death or Fighting for Life: Death Wishes in the Hebrew Bible.
Levinson has taught at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, Norway, and has been a visiting scholar at Hebrew University and the Swedish Theological Institute, both in Jerusalem, as well as Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Duke University, North Carolina; and Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul. She also chairs the Society of Biblical Literature’s program unit, Metaphor Theory and Hebrew Bible.
The event is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required and may be reserved at The O'Shaughnessy Box Office.
The Goodman Lecture was founded in 1979 by Arthur and Konstance Goodman, an interfaith couple who experienced both anti-Semitism and anti-Christian sentiments and wished to create a forum to advance the cause of Jewish-Christian understanding. The fund has sponsored talks and other events that focus on interfaith dialogue.