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Elizabeth Anne Castelli, assistant professor of religion at Barnard College, will speak on "Retrieving Memory from Oblivion: Martyrdom in the Christian Imaginary" on Thursday, February 24, at 5 p.m. in Eliot 314 on the Reed College campus. Castelli's lecture is funded through the Thomas Lamb Eliot Memorial Fund for Religion and is free and open to the public.

Castelli is a founding member of the Bible and Culture Collective, a member of the sexuality, gender, and the bible consultation steering committee for the Society of Biblical Literature, and a consultant for several media outlets including the New York Times and the History Channel. Castelli is also the author of numerous articles on Christian origins. She is the author of Imitating Paul, a Discourse of Power, and is the co-editor of Reimagining Christian Origins and The Postmodern Bible. She is currently working on a book, Bodies of Christ: Martyrdom, Mythmaking, and Collective Memory in Early Christianity.

The Thomas Lamb Eliot Memorial Fund for Religion was established in 1953 by his son, William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr. Thomas Lamb Eliot was the head of the founding board of trustees of Reed College and he served as a trustee from 1911 to 1925. Following in his father’s footsteps, Eliot, Jr. was a Reed trustee from 1925 to 1941. The endowment is currently used for library aquisitions and a lecture series in religion.

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