Zachary Simpson, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at the university, said he chose Atran for the inaugural Ableson Lecture due to the breadth of his research as well as its timely message.
“Dr. Atran's research focuses on how we come to form religious beliefs and communities, what motivates certain forms of religious sacrifice and the role of science and sacred values in society,” Simpson said.
The Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture is named in honor of USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member U.S. Navy Captain Bradford Edward Ableson. An architect of the modern model for military chaplains and a chaplain to President Bill Clinton, Ableson graduated magna cum laude from USAO in 1980. He died in 2009 at age 50. The endowed fund that supports the Ableson Chair was established by Ableson's widow in 2009 and was later matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. For more information, call 574-1362.
Church to host Groundhog dinner
GUTHRIE — First United Methodist Church of Guthrie will host a Groundhog Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 1201 S Division. The dinner includes homemade sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, green beans, coleslaw, beverages and dessert. A silent auction also is planned.
Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Money raised from the event will go toward church projects such as extensive renovation efforts already under way at the historic church, 224 E Noble Ave. Advance tickets may be purchased at the church. For ticket information, call 282-4297. Call 282-0926 after 9 a.m. Thursday, for takeout and delivery.
From Staff and Wire reports