Weter Lecture

The annual Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship provides a public platform in which the claims of the liberal arts in the Christian university are espoused. Delivered each year by a SPU faculty member selected by the Faculty Status Committee, the Weter Lecture honors Winifred E. Weter, SPU professor emerita of classics. Her teaching career spanning 40 years (1935-75) exemplifies a life of Christian character and integrity. Her love for the study of classical languages and literature inspired a similar enthusiasm in thousands of her students, and this lecture continues that tradition of inspiration.

Michael Paulus, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology; Dean of the Library; Associate Professor of Information Studies

2022 Weter Lecture, Spring Quarter

Artificial Intelligence and the Apocalyptic Imagination: The Ends of Artificial Agency

Dr. Michael J. Paulus, Jr.
Dean of the Library, Assistant Provost for Educational Technology, and Associate Professor of Information Studies 


April 12, 2022
7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons

Lecture livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR3ROz12C98

The increasing role and power of artificial intelligence in our lives and world requires us to imagine and shape a desirable future with this technology. Since visions of AI often draw from Christian apocalyptic narratives, current discussions about technological hopes and fears present an opportunity for a deeper engagement with Christian eschatological resources. Dr. Paulus argues that the Christian apocalyptic imagination can transform how we think about and use AI, helping us discover ways artificial agency may participate in new creation.

Eric Long

2022 Weter Lecture, Winter Quarter

Priests of a Fallen Creation: The Temple, Natural Theology, and Ecology in Dialogue

Dr. Eric S. Long, Professor of Biology

February 22, 2022
7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons

Lecture livestream: 

As we try to make sense of both creation’s goodness and decay, Dr. Long proposes that a fruitful path forward involves synthesizing recent advances in the three fields: natural sciences (with an emphasis on ecology), natural theology (with an emphasis on Christian natural theology), and Biblical theology (with an emphasis on reading creation as God’s earthly temple). In the lecture, Dr. Long will first develop this three-pronged, interdisciplinary approach. Then, he will demonstrate how this approach may prove fruitful in addressing five, roughly chronological, questions ranging from creation to eschatology:

  • Why does creation exist?
  • How can we interpret the “goodness” of creation?
  • What did (and didn’t) happen to creation at the Fall?
  • Why is the earth groaning?
  • Where is the earth headed (and what is our role)?

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