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Peter Gomes to Deliver Santagata Lecture

Story posted November 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Reverend Peter J. Gomes, a professor of Christian morals at Harvard University, will deliver the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

The lecture, "Civic Virtue and the Character of Followship: A New Tale on an Old Hope," is open to the public free of charge.

The Rev. Gomes is an ordained American Baptist minister who has served since 1970 in The Memorial Church at Harvard. A Boston native, he graduated in 1965 from Bates College and in 1968 from Harvard Divinity School. He has preached and lectured throughout North America and the British Isles and participated in the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. His teaching and research interests include the history of the ancient Christian church, Elizabethan Puritanism and homiletics. He is the author of the 1996 book "The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart" and numerous papers and articles. Three volumes of his sermons are in print.

The Rev. Gomes has served as a trustee of numerous organizations, including Bates and Wellesley colleges, the Roxbury Latin School, the Public Broadcasting Service, the Handel and Haydn Society and the New England Conservatory.

The Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund was established in 1982 by family and friends of Kenneth V. Santagata, a member of the Class of 1973. The fund is used to provide at least one lecture each term, rotating in the arts, humanities and social sciences, with lecturers to be recognized authorities in their respective fields who present new, novel or nonconventional approaches to the designated topic in the specified category.

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