“Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of
Revelation” by Professor Elaine Pagels
This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She joined the faculty in 1982, shortly after receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Perhaps best known as the author of “The Gnostic Gospels”, “The Origin of Satan”, and “Adam, Eve and the Serpent”, she has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity, and continues to pursue research interests in late antiquity. Her most recent books include “Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas” (was on the New York Times best-seller list) and “Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity”, co-authored with Karen King of Harvard. Her latest book entitled “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Boo”k of Revelation”, was published in March 2012. Revelations” explores the New Testament Book of Revelation and other Jewish, Christian, and Pagan books of Revelation written around the same time.
The annual James Baldwin Lecture celebrates the scholarship of a distinguished Princeton faculty member and provides an occasion for our intellectual community to reflect on the issue of race and American culture. The complexities of race in the United States demand the insightful work both of experts in the field and of all who share a genuine commitment to the well-being of our society. The Baldwin Lecture Series presents Princeton scholars, accomplished in their respective fields, with the opportunity to think carefully with others about race in America.
The Baldwin lectures also honor the extraordinary legacy of the late James Baldwin (1924-1987). One of America’s most powerful cultural critics and essayists, Baldwin exemplified ways in which we might remain critically focused upon and engaged with the relationship of race to democracy in American society.