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Elaine Pagels is a professor of religion at Princeton University. She has been on the forefront of religious scholarship since her work with the Nag Hammadi library manuscripts (discovered in 1945) that gave voice to early Gnostic Christian hitherto only known by early Christian writers who condemned them as heretical. Her first book The Gnostic Gospels (1979) placed these writings in a historical and theological context with other Christian writing of the same period and underscored the diversity of Christian communities in its earliest period. Since, Pagels has written numerous books on the Christian faith including Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003), Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (2007) and, most recently, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (2012). Pagels was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 1980.
On March 7, Pagels will serve as the keynote speaker for the seventh-annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium. Her keynote address is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.