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Manchester speakers explore Scripture, mind of Marx

Manchester University offers two presentations the week of Sept. 8, one an expert on religious texts and the other a performer and activist who will perform Marx in Soho, a play by Howard Zinn.

Both are free and open to the public.

Dr. Justin Lasser Assistant professor of religious studiesOn Tuesday, Sept. 10, Manchester's Justin Lasser will present "Writing the Experiences of Jesus: Personality Conflicts, Inspiration, and Faith." He will explore the topic of what it is like to write Scripture.

Mido Dido, who was originally scheduled to speak that day about Egypt, was unable to make the trip because of a death in his family.

Lasser, associate professor of religious studies, will speak at  3:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.

The program is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) series of presentations at Manchester.

Bob Weick as Karl MarxMarx in Soho

There is a lot of buzz these days about who is a socialist or communist and what that really means.

Manchester offers an hour and a half with Karl Marx – the German philosopher, economist, historian and socialist revolutionary who started it all in the 1800s.

Marx in Soho is 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 in Cordier Auditorium.

The VIA performance and post-performance conversation promise to prompt intense and enthusiastic discussion, from those who agree and disagree with his views.

In the play, Karl Marx, portrayed by Bob Weick, responds to modern social and political themes in a deeply human drama.

Here’s what the Philadelphia Inquirer has to say about Marx in Soho: “Though Marx has been demonized by some as the father of communism, Robert Weick portrays him as a personable man devoted to his wife and family as he writes Das Kapital and struggles to make ends meet.” 

The late historian, playwright and activist Zinn is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States.

The performance is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Peace Studies Institute, with support from the Timothy Wayne Rieman and Gwen Radebach Rieman Fund.

About Manchester
With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester University offers more than 70 areas of academic study to more than 1,400 students in undergraduate programs,a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Science in pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu

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