Dean Tolbert to be honored this fall

Mary Tolbert, George H. Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies who stepped down as dean and vice president for academic affairs this past spring, will be honored by two significant tributes this fall.

Tolbert has accepted the invitation of the Graduate Theological Union Council of Deans to give the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecture next fall. The lecture is on November 8, 2011, at 7:00 pm in the PSR Chapel. Dr. Tolbert will reflect on her 35 years as a Biblical Scholar and her 15 years as a dedicated activist in her lecture entitled, "What has Scholarship to do with Activism? Reflections on 15 years in the Trenches." She argues that these two professions have much to offer to each other. 

Also this fall, a Festschrift will be published in honor of Tolbert’s work. The tribute will be presented on November 20, 2011 at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Languages annual meeting in San Francisco. Join us at 5pm for a reception (Hilton Union Square, Plaza Room A) and 7pm for the presentation of the Festschrift and a panel discussion (Moscone Center West, Room 3001).

A PhD graduate of the University of Chicago, Mary Tolbert’s writings on the Gospel of Mark have established her as a leading voice in the interpretation of the New Testament. Her scholarly teaching and writing focus on feminism, biblical interpretation and social location, and queer theory and gender construction. She played a pivotal role in the conception and realization of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR and served as its first executive director. Her publications include Sowing the Gospel: Mark’s World in Literary-Historical Perspective (1989) and Teaching the Bible: The Discourses and Politics of Biblical Pedagogy (1998), which she edited with Fernando F. Segovia.