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Regina Schwarz to deliver Berkeley Divinity School's 2006 Cheney Lecture

[Episcopal News Service]  The 2006 Cheney Lecture will be delivered October 11, by Regina Schwartz, professor of English at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Schwartz teaches 17th-century literature with a focus on Milton, Hebrew Bible, philosophy and literature, law and literature, and religion and literature. She will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Marquand Chapel on the topic "Toward a Sacramental Poetics."

An author, Schwartz's publications include: "Remembering and Repeating: Biblical Creation in Paradise Lost" (1988), which won the James Holly Hanford prize for the best book on Milton; "The Book and the Text: The Bible and Literary Theory" (1990); "Desire in the Renaissance: Psychoanalysis and Literature" (1994); and "The Postmodern Bible" (1995). Her most recent book, "The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism, a study of monotheism, national identity, and violence in the Hebrew Bible," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her current project is a book on the Eucharist in Renaissance literature.

Schwartz has served as president of the Milton Society of America, chair of the Modern Language Association Religion and Literature Division and chair of Northwestern's Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative in the Humanities.

Founded in 1854 to be a mediating seminary during a time of theological division in the Episcopal Church, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale has historically been open to the spectrum of worship practices and theological perspectives within Anglicanism. It has found its unity in a rich sacramental and community life, as well as a shared commitment to rigorous intellectual engagement with the Christian tradition. While Berkeley Divinity School retains an independent board of trustees and administration, its students are fully enrolled in Yale University Divinity School. Upon graduation, students can receive in addition to their Yale degree a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley, which oversees their Anglican formation.

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