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Yamauchi lecture in religion focuses on biblical humor

Loyola press release - November 9, 2009

Sister Terri Bednarz, R.S.M., will be the featured speaker at the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Religious Studies Fall Yamauchi Lecture in Religion.

Bednarz will present “Too Proud to Dig? Peasant Humor in the Parables of Jesus (Luke 16: 1-14),” on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., in Miller Hall Room 114, located on Loyola’s main campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bednarz, an assistant professor of New Testament in Loyola's Department of Religious Studies, received a doctorate at the Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University. Her research interests include the social and cultural context of the early Christian world and early Christian literature.

She focuses on humor forms and functions in the Roman world and its relevance for understanding agnostic accounts in the Christian Bible. Her studies of Roman and Christian antiquity have included research trips to Malta, Tunisia, Greece, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Rome and Turkey.

The Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series is named in memory of the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a former chair of Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies, who taught at Loyola from 1956 to 1966. Yamauchi was known for his effective and enthusiastic communication of knowledge about religion to the New Orleans community.

For more information contact Timothy Cahill, professor and chair of the religious studies department at Loyola, at tccahill@loyno.edu or call 504-865-3183.