Kevin Corrigan will give the inaugural lecture, “Love and Myth in Plato’s Dialogues: The Symposium and Republic,” of the John Turner Memorial Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Andrew Hall’s Bailey Library.
Corrigan is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Emory University. His research interests encompass classics, history, philosophy, religion, theology, patristics and literature. His most recent book is “Reason, Faith and Otherness in Neoplatonic and Early Christian Thought” (Ashgate, UK, 2013). He is currently working on several projects involving translations and commentaries on Plotinus’ writings, in addition to a book on ecology and the ancient world.
Corrigan received a doctorate in classics and philosophy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1980. He taught at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and University of Regina from 1982 to 1986 and University of Saskatchewan from 1986 to 2001. He began teaching at Emory 2001, based primarily in the Institute of Liberal Arts.
This series is dedicated to the memory of John Turner, Cotner professor of religious studies and Mach Chair in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. The series will serve as an annual forum in which to present important research in religious studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Turner was a member of the faculty from 1976 until his death in October 2019. He was an internationally known and respected scholar of the Gnostic tradition, in particular the Nag Hammadi codices.