Dr. Ellen T. Charry, the Margaret W. Harmon
Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Princeton University,
will speak at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Athens
and Jerusalem Seminar on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The event will be
held at 4 p.m. in the Globe Theatre, located in the Barnes Student
Center on the IWU campus in Marion, Indiana.
Dr. Charry earned both her
master’s and doctoral degrees in religion from Temple University following an
M.S.W. from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s from Barnard College. She currently serves as an
editor-at-large for The Christian Century and has served on the Theology
Committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church 2002–2010. She was a
member of the recently concluded Pursuit of Happiness Project established by
the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and supported
by a grant from The John Templeton Foundation.
In her book God and the Art of Happiness,
Dr. Charry explores the biblical vision of happiness and human flourishing.
Although western Christians are typically skittish about happiness this side of
heaven, Charry reveals how the historic Christian tradition conceived of
happiness as a way of life that begins in the here and now and is rooted in Christ’s incarnation and obedience to the
God of creation.
The seminar’s “Public Conversation” with Dr.
Charry will be hosted by Dr. Amy Peeler, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in New
Testament Studies in the John Wesley Honors College.