Dean’s Office

Kenneth Clark Lectures: “The Cuckoo in the Nest: How Not to Read the Apocryphal Gospels” with Markus Bockmuehl

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 12:20pm to Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 1:20pm
0016 Westbrook
Jacquelyn Norris at

The 2012 Kenneth Clark Lectures sponsored by Duke Divinity School will feature Markus Bockmuehl, a fellow of Keble College and professor of Biblical and Early Christian Studies at the University of Oxford.

He will present two lectures:  “The Cuckoo in the Nest: How Not to Read the Apocryphal Gospels”  on  March 20 and  “The Virgin on the Donkey: Making Sense of the Christmas Story” on March 21. Both lectures will be in 0016 Westbrook

Bockmuehl earned a Ph.D. at Cambridge after receiving degrees in classics and in theology in Vancouver, Canada. He then held academic posts in Vancouver, Cambridge, and St Andrews before moving in 2007 to Oxford, where he currently also serves as an associate head of the Humanities Division.

His most recent publications include Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study; Paradise in Antiquity; and  two books on St. Peter: The Remembered Peter in Ancient Reception and Modern Debate and Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory (on press).

Bockmuehl and his wife, Celia, a conservator of books and works of art on paper, live in rural Buckinghamshire, England, and have five children.

Florida UMC Conference Visit

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
103 Westbrook or (919) 660-3481

Mont Duncan and Kim Griffith of the Florida UMC Conference will be at Duke Divinity School to meet with students interested in learning about the conference. There will be a dinner at Maggiano's after the meetings.

Register for an individual meeting by email or by phone at (919) 660-3481.


Tennessee UMC Conference Visit

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
103 Westbrook or (919) 660-3481

The Rev. Susan Padgett, a representative of the Tennessee Conference, will be on campus to answer questions Duke Divinity students may have about ministry opportunities in that conference. Interested students are invited to a lunch and to schedule an individual meeting that day. Contact Debra Woodell to register for a meeting and/or lunch.


Western PA UMC Conference Visit

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Refectory Hallway or (919) 660-3481

The Rev. Pat Lenox, a representative of the Western PA Conference,  will be on campus to answer questions Duke Divinity students may have about ministry opportunities in that conference. Lenox's cell phone number is (814) 881-5183.

Susquehanna UMC Annual Conference Visit

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Refectory Hallway

West Kansas UMC Conference Visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Outside of Refectory Cafe or (919) 660-3481

Amy Lippoldt, a representative of the West Kansas UMC Conference, will have a display table outside of the Refectory Cafe at Duke Divinity School for students interested in getting information or learning more about the conference.

Texas UMC Conference Visit

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (All day) to Wednesday, October 26, 2011 (All day)
145L on Oct. 25 and 103W on Oct. 26 or (919) 660-3481

Taylor Fuerst, Elizabeth Duffin, and Sean Duffin, representatives of the Texas UMC Conference, will meet with students interested in learning more about the conference. To register for a meeting time or for more information, contact Debra Woodell or stop by 150 Langford (the Dean's Office).

Philip Howard: "Reclaiming Human Judgment in Public Choices"

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
0016 Westbrook or (919) 660-3416

Philip Howard, author of "Life without Lawyers" and "The Death of Common Sense," will discuss how the U.S. legal and regulatory system is broken and ways to begin fixing it. There will be a panel discussion moderated by Duke Divinity School Dean Richard Hays and including Dean of the Chapel Sam Wells, Professor Lawrence Baxter of the Law School, and Professor Joel Fleishman of the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The event is also part of Sanford's two-year series, “Gridlock: Can Our System Address America’s Big Problems?”

Florida UMC Conference Visit

Monday, October 3, 2011 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2011 (All day)
103 Westbrook
Debra Woodell (

Representatives from the Florida Conference will be on campus to meet with students for two days. They will also be hosting students for dinner on Oct. 4, at a local restaurant. Contact Debra Woodell in the Dean’s Office for more information.

9/11/2001-2011 - How Have Faith Communities Responded?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 7:30pm
0016 Westbrook

The  Duke University Faith Council and Duke Divinity School will sponsor an interfaith panel reflecting on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with Sam Wells, dean of Duke Chapel; Richard B. Hays, dean of Duke Divinity School; and Sumi Kim, Buddhist chaplain, Laura Lieber, assistant director of Jewish Studies, and Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain, all of Duke.