Luther College Paideia Texts & Issues Lecture: Sean Burke

Sean Burke presents 'Engaging the Ancient 'Other': Identity and Alterity' April 8

Sean Burke, Luther College associate professor of religion, will present the Paideia Text and Issues lecture, "Engaging the Ancient 'Other': Identity and Alterity" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in Qualley Lounge; both are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The presentation begins with an examination of recent decades and how sexual minorities within Christian communities are seeking out biblical characters with whom to identify. Burke will present a critical analysis of these identifications informed by "Queer Theory," which builds upon feminist challenges to the idea that gender is part of the essential self and upon gay and lesbian studies' examinations of the socially constructed nature of sexual acts and identities.

He will also examine how Christians have identified with the character of Jesus and whether they can learn anything from these analyses about how people can relate to "others" in today's world.

Burke joined the Luther faculty in 2007. He is an associate professor of religion and teaches introduction to Biblical studies, honors colloquium and a religion course titled sex in the Bible. He earned a bachelor's degree from Concordia College, a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a doctoral degree from Graduate Theological Union.