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Sep 21, 2010

Yale grad to visit for ‘Alumni Lecture Series’

by Tiffany Edwards


Eric Metaxas will be explaining the impact of Christians on the African slave trade in England on Oct. 5, 7 p.m. at the Towns-Alumni Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the school of communication, is part of the Department of English and Modern Languages Alumni Lecture Series. Metaxas, a Yale alumnus, has a varied career, having written for Chuck Colson, Veggie Tales and the New York Times. He has also published two books, the most recent being “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.” The lecture will focus mainly on Metaxas’s first book, the New York Times bestseller “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.”The book was recently adapted into a movie.

“This film was exemplary in being that rare Christian film that also upholds high artistic standards,” Department of English and Modern Languages chair Dr. Karen Prior said.  “Eric Metaxas is that rare speaker who is both highly entertaining and extremely informative.”

Metaxas’s work, which includes movie and book reviews, poetry and essays have appeared in Christianity Today , the Washington Post and National Review Online, among others. He has appeared on CNN and Fox News as a cultural correspondent and has been featured on radio programs including NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation,” “Janet Parshall’s America” and “The Alan Colmes Show.” Metaxas is the founder and host of the monthly series “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life” which allows skeptics to dialogue with Christian apologists and thinkers. 

“Since Metaxas is a graduate of Yale University, a writer for both secular media and (formerly) for Charles Colson and Veggie Tales, students will see an excellent example of a Christian who has both a strong faith and a strong intellect and who is using his gifts to influence the world,” Prior said. “This lecture will also be of interest to the wider community beyond Liberty University, so students can look at the lecture as an opportunity to be a positive witness to the community as we engage them on issues of worldwide and historical significance.”

Metaxas will also be holding a book signing at the Liberty University Barnes and Noble bookstore on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and at Inklings Bookshop and White Hart Café on Wednesday, October 6 at 12:00 p.m. Books will available for sale before and after the lecture.


EDWARDS is the feature editor.

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