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February 11th, 2019

  • Euan Cameron, Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Columbia University 5:00pm: 56th Annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture
    Euan K. Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, New York.  The title of Professor Cameron’s talk is “Making Meaning of Time and Thought in the Pre-Modern Era.”

    We tend to take time for granted, and our scale of time – of days, months and years – as a given. We have inherited a ‘scientific’ approach to time. Yet for most of European Christian history, our pre-modern forbears believed that time was created by God, in the same process which produced the visible universe. Computing time was a religious exercise.

    This lecture will explore three stages in the emergence of early modern ideas about time in the West. First it will show how medieval chronicles tried to establish time-lines of kingdoms and empires. Secondly, it will consider how the early Protestant reformers believed that the purposes of God were revealed through the rise, fall and recovery of the Christian Church. Finally, it will explore the beginnings of “scientific” chronology in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, still within a framework of divine creation and governance of the universe.

    The lecture will propose that though the quest for meaningful understanding of time and history was self-defeating, this search helped humanity reach our current perspective of history and our place in it.

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  • Collaborate. Collaborate. Collaborate. Maybe you (like me) never really enjoyed group projects in school, but it turns out that “real life” is basically a series of group projects. Like in school, sometimes you can choose your teammates, and sometimes you can’t. When you can, be picky. And when you can’t…well, I’ve probably learned the most about myself in situations where I couldn’t choose. So take those opportunities to learn what you need to be successful the next time you can choose your collaborators.

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