2022 Burchenal Lecture: “Life After Perfect”

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Life After Perfect with Kate Bowler, Ph.D.
Kate Bowler
New York Times Bestselling Author, Duke University Professor, Incurable Optimist
Monday, November 7, 2022, 7:00 p.m., Fox Hall
In this talk, Kate Bowler will illustrate her take on Eckerd’s 2022–2023 College Program Series theme of Courage and Belonging as a scholar of religion and a cancer survivor. Her latest memoir, No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear), grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition and her faith as she tries to come to terms with limitations in a culture that promises anything is possible. Dr. Bowler focuses her studies on the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. Kate Bowler, Ph.D., is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, a podcast host and an associate professor of American religious history at Duke University. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel and The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities. After being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she penned The New York Times bestselling memoirs Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved and No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) as well as her latest book written with her co-producer, Jessica Richie, Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Dr. Bowler hosts the Everything Happens podcast, where in warm, insightful, often funny conversations, she talks with people like Malcolm Gladwell and Anne Lamott about what they’ve learned in difficult times. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her family and continues to teach do-gooders at Duke Divinity School. More about Dr. Bowler here.Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series Endowment and the Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact.
Eckerd College students must attend this event in person to receive CPS credit.

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Image by Rebecca Skelton, retired Eckerd College adjunct professor
of visual arts: Staying Positive (detail), mixed materials, 2020Reserve a Seat at the 2022 Burchenal Lecture!Eckerd College – 4200 54th Ave South – St Petersburg, Florida 33711

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