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The World, the Text, and the Student

Dr. Deborah Bowen keynote speaker at The World and our Calling Symposium
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 starting at 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Deborah BowenDr. Deborah Bowen, Professor of English at Redeemer will be the featured speaker for Redeemer’s annual The World and our Calling Symposium. This year, the lectures are also part of the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities (ARCU) Lectureship.

Dr. Bowen will speak on the role that the liberal arts and sciences play in understanding one's place in both the social and the material realms. She will explore this in two public presentations on Wednesday, January 23, 2013:

Chapel Address
‘Redemption through Reading’: Why Bother with University?
11:00 a.m., Auditorium

Evening Public Lecture
‘Seeing beyond the Scenery’: Exploring the World through Metaphor
7:30 p.m., Lecture Hall 213

Developing the themes of Dr. Deborah Bowen’s ARCU lectures that frame this symposium, fourteen Redeemer students will be speaking from various disciplines over the course of the day. The arts present universal, national, and personal ways of reflecting on the myths and metaphors by which we understand reality, while the natural and social sciences explore our responsibilities in shaping the world as a place for flourishing. Everyone is cordially invited to come to the three sessions and hear how Redeemer’s students engage the world and our calling in it.

Dr. Deborah Bowen is Professor of English at Redeemer University College, where she has served since 1996. Her previous academic appointments were at Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa. She teaches courses in British Novel, Literature and the Environment, Victorian Literature, Modern British Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Contemporary Literary Theory, and Contemporary Canadian Poetry.

Among her most recent publications are Stories of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms. McGill- Queen's University Press, 2010 and
“’What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?’– Narrative and the Christian reader.” Comment Magazine, Spring 2011: 55-64. She is presently researching the notion of hospitable reading.

The Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities Lectureship features an established scholar whose work is a model of the type of scholarship that is distinctive to its member institutions. Throughout the academic year, the Lecturer(s) speaks on issues relevant to Reformed Christian Higher Education at a number of the associations’ campuses. Previous Lecturers include Dr. Donald Sinnema, Dr. Keith Charles Sewell and Dr. Peter J. Leithart.