Marston Lecture


The annual Marston Lecture at Seattle Pacific University is presented by the faculty member appointed to the C. May Marston professorship, named in honor of C. May Marston, whose influence extends back to the earliest years of Seattle Pacific. During a remarkable 45 years as a faculty member, Dr. Marston instilled a love for language through her classes in Latin, Greek, French, German and English. The quintessential scholar, Dr. Marston was a methodical drillmaster whose sharp sense of humor, deep concern for students, and simplicity of faith won over many a reluctant intellect.

2021 C. May Marston Lecture

owen ewaldTheology and the Future of Work
Owen Ewald, C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 8:00am, YouTube

Discusses the future of work through the lens of some ancient texts, including the Gospel of Matthew, Apuleius, Pliny, Suetonius, and Sayings of the Elders from the Egyptian Desert. Present and future employees and supervisors are encouraged to respect the day, to find a helpful metaphor for work, to consider the destruction and creation of paid work, to focus less on rewards, and to avoid over-identification with their job or profession.

Owen Ewald, Ph.D., grew up in Washington, D.C., a city with abundant Greco-Roman-inspired architecture.  After reading historian J. David Bolter’s work Turing’s Man, he studied Latin for 17 years, Greek for 13 years, and some Sanskrit.  He received a doctorate in classics from the University of Washington in 1999, and his dissertation explored Roman historiography.  His articles on ancient funerary practices, ancient roads, and Vergil’s rhyme schemes have appeared in Athenaeum, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and Harvard Studies in Classical Philology.  Dr. Ewald has taught Latin, Greek, classical literature, ancient history, and art history at Seattle Pacific University since 2001 and was named to the C. May Marston Professorship in 2005.

To listen to past Marston Lectures please visit Digital Commons @ SPU.