Rev. Larry G. Brown

“Religion and Evolution”

Thursday, October 13, 2016
11:00 a.m.

Bixby Lecture Hall, Brouder Science Center
Columbia College Campus

About the Lecturer

Dr. Larry Brown

Larry Brown has been a storyteller and lecturer for more than 30 years, speaking to thousands of people and using original stories and songs of justice, courage and compassion. He has experience in public education, activism and as a pastor, and he brings those worlds together in his presentations, updating traditional themes with modern meaning and connecting with groups through humor, wit, inspiration and thoughtful challenges in stories and songs from the Midwest and around the world.

Brown, a retired professor of Human Geography at the University of Missouri, Columbia, is the president of Missouri Storytelling (MO-TELL), co-founder of the Columbia-based Mid-Missouri Organization for Storytelling (MOST), a member of the River and Prairie Storyweavers (RAPS), a former board member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and past president of the Storytelling in Higher Education special interest group of the NSN. Brown is currently completing a certificate in Biblical Storytelling from the Academy of Biblical Storytelling, and he soon will begin a term of office on the board of directors for the Network of Biblical Storytellers. He has traveled in all 50 states of the USA, as well as countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to cultivate his love of the oral tradition, storytelling and folk music.

He received a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the Department of Education and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri’s College of Education, as well as earning a degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Missouri and a Master of Divinity from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brown pastored congregations in Nebraska, Indiana and Missouri before becoming a full-time professor and has published articles on topics such as the “Christian Identity” movement — a segment of the radical religious racist right — domestic terrorism, Islam and Christianity, youth ministry, stewardship and Christian worship. He has taught at Stephens College and the Missouri School of Religion. He currently teaches regularly in MU Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Dr. James H. Austin, Neurologist, Researcher, and Zen Practitioner
Robert Wright, Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University
Susan Jacoby, author of The New York Times best seller, The Age of American Unreason
Dr. Stephen J. Patterson, professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis
Rev. Martin Marty, pastor, author and Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School
Ellen O’Grady, artist and social activist
Rev. John Yonker of First Christian Church and Rabbi Yossi Feintuch of Congregation Beth Shalom of Columbia, Mo.
Dr. Shakir Hoomodi, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri
Dr. Linda Lindsey, professor of sociology and coordinator of women’s studies, Maryville University of St. Louis.

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