The West Virginia Humanities Council will present Dr. Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, to deliver the annual Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities. Her talk is titled "The Discovery of the Gnostic Gospels." The lecture is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Cultural Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. It is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. A reception and book signing will follow in the Great Hall.
Dr. Pagels is one of the country's leading scholars of religion whose scholarship has earned her international respect. Her books include The Gnostic Gospels (National Book Award winner and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th Century), Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, and The Origin of Satan. She serves on the international advisory panel for the Lost Gospel of Judas project of the National Geographic Society. For additional information contact the West Virginia Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 or visit www.wvhumanities.org