The University Record, January 30, 1996

Jerome Lectures explore what Athens has to do with Jerusalem

By Joanne Nesbit
News and Information Services 

The University's 30th year of the Jerome Lecture series began Jan. 29 and will continue through Feb. 7. The free lectures, endowed by Thomas Spencer Jerome and jointly administered by U-M and the American Academy in Rome, are delivered at both institutions and deal with the history or culture of the Romans or peoples included in the Roman Empire. This year's theme is "What Has Athens To Do With Jerusalem?"

The lectures will be presented by Jaroslav Pelikan, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Sterling Professor of History at Yale University.

The following lectures all begin at 4 p.m. in the East Conference Room, Rackham Building:


"Athens: Geneseos Arche As `The Principle of Becoming' (Timaeus 29D-E)" on Jan. 31.


"Jerusalem: Genesis A `Likely Account' (Timaeus 29D) of One God Almighty Maker" on Feb. 2.


"Alexandria: The God of Genesis as `Maker and Father' (Timaeus 28c)" on Feb. 5.


"Catholic Rome: The Trinity as `Source, Guide, Goal' (Timaeus 27C-42D)" on Feb. 7.

Pelikan, a former dean of the Yale Graduate School, is renowned as both a theologian and historian, and has been active in the promotion of the humanities through service on numerous national committees, councils and boards. His scholarly publications include The Riddle of Roman Catholicism and the five-volume The Christian Tradition, a monumental work in five volumes.