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Author to discuss Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

UTC's Women's Studies Program celebrates National Women's History Month with a lecture by author Dr. R. Marie Griffith, a graduate of Chattanooga’s Girls Preparatory School. A poetry coffeehouse is also scheduled. Both events are free and open to the public.

Griffith will give a lecture on her new book Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity on Monday, March 21 at 12 noon in Holt 208, and again at 8:15 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.

Griffith holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity focuses on the intersection of body image and the church in America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, illustrating how women attempted to achieve perfection via control of their physical bodies and segueing into an analysis of the modern trend of religious weight loss programs.

Robert Orsi writes "this is a wonderful book, well-conceptualized, written with style and wit, and impressive for its ambition, reach and achievement. Griffith brings to the scene learning, theoretical subtlety, critical acumen, historical skill, and humane sensibility."

The Women's Studies Program is also offering a poetry coffeehouse to be held at Greyfriar's Coffeehouse on Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The readings will feature the submissions and winning entries in the women's studies annual poetry competition held in February.

March 18, 2005

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