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Staley Lectures

The Staley Distinguished Scholar series is one of the projects of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation of New York.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley established this lectureship in the fall of 1969, in memory of their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H. H. Haynes of Bristol, Tenn.

The Thomas F. Staley Foundation is firmly persuaded that the message of the Christian gospel, when proclaimed in its historic fullness, is always contemporary, relevant and meaningful to any generation. To this end, the foundation seeks to bring to the college and university campuses of America distinguished scholars who truly believe and can clearly communicate to students.

2013 Staley Lecture

James Logan

Born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, James Logan is now Associate Professor of Religion and Associate Professor and Director of African and African-American studies at Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

He is a graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Pre-Law, and of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Ethics. He earned his Ph.D. in religion and society from Princeton Seminary. He was also a member of the board of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. up until the time of MCC’s reorganization in 2012.

At Earlham, Logan’s areas of teaching and research cover religious, philosophical and social ethics; religion and law; constructive Christian theologies; Black religion; theories of religion; and the relationships among religion, ethics and politics in civil and public life.

He has also done extensive writing and speaking in the area of incarceration in the United States. He is the author of Good Punishment: Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment, published by Eerdmans in 2008.

Evening Lecture: The Prison Industrial Complex in Civil Society

  • Rescheduled to Friday, 2:00pm
  • Krehbiel Auditorium

Convocation: Racism and the "Criminal Justice" System

  • Friday, Feb. 22, 11:00am
  • Krehbiel Auditorium

Past Lectures

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.