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Getting Together and Speaking Gigs

On this post I would like to announce a couple of unusual opportunities for you and me to meet face to face, and to let you know what speaking gigs I’ll be having in the future, as planned so far..

  • FIRST: I have decided to have a Blog Dinner at a nice restaurant in Durham NC (where I live) with any 3-5 members of the blog who want to come on Thursday December 7. I am keeping the numbers at this level to allow me a chance to talk to everyone there (too large a group and it’s … a large group).    It will be organized simply: I’ll book a table and everyone will meet me there.  Your only expenses are getting there and paying for your meal.  We would talk over the course of drinks and dinner about … anything you’re interested in!

Are you interested?   This will be strictly first come first served: the first five members to respond are *in*.  If there is more interest than that, I may schedule a second dinner after the holidays.  If fewer than three can do it, then again, we’ll schedule it for another time.

So zap me if you’d like to come (and are certain that you would be able to).  Don’t respond here on the blog: send a note to me by email at behrman@email.unc.edu.

  • SECOND: On October 2-13, 2018 I will be going to Israel for a UNC General Alumni Tour to Israel, and giving lectures there.   There are a few spots open for people who want to go.  The link to the trip is: https://alumni.unc.edu/events/2018-israel-timeless-wonders/

    Israel is obviously an amazing place to visit.   The tour will start up in the Galilee, with time in Tel Aviv, Tiberias, and on a kibbutz; it ends in Jerusalem with visits to the Old City, the church of the Holy Sepulcher, Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, the Israel Museum (think Dead Sea Scrolls), and day trips including Qumran and Masada.   It should be pretty amazing.

    For this trip you don’t need to tell me if you are interested in going (though you are welcome to!).  I’m not organizing the trip myself – I’m just giving a few lectures for it.   (I’m not sure on what – probably the historical Jesus I suppose!)   All the info you need will be on the website given above.
    As you will see, you will need to pay a nominal fee to become a member of the UNC General Alumni Association.

  • THIRD: My upcoming speaking schedule.  I didn’t post my speaking schedule for the fall simply because I cut way back and haven’t been doing much by way of travel and talk.  It’s been great!  But in the spring I’m back in it, with my standard five speaking gigs during the term.

    In addition to these, I will be doing book readings for my new book The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World – but these have not all yet been arranged.   The following is the speaking schedule as I know it so far.  I hope to see some of you at one or another of the events!

    January 25: Naples, Florida.  Naples United Church of Christ in.  (One evening lecture)

    February 2-3: UNC Chapel Hill, Program in the Humanities.  Four lectures, two Friday afternoon and two Saturday morning, on The Triumph of Christianity.

    February 10: Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institute,.  Four lectures, all day on Saturday, on the Triumph of Christianity.

    April 19:  Houston, TX, Rice University,.  Public lecture on Forgery and the Ancient World

    April 27-28.  Holyoke, MASS., United Congregational Church conference on “Awakenings.”  Two lectures:  “How Christianity Took Over the World: The Demise of Ancient Religion” and “From Persecution to Power.  The Church in the Age of Constantine.”




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  1. talmoore
    talmoore  November 12, 2017

    As per the Israel trip, I have a couple questions: A) do you have to be an actual UNC alumnus to join the tour? And B) since I already have a home in Israel (not to mention that I’m an actual Israeli citizen who will possibly be traveling to Israel to visit family anyway), is it possible for me to take part in the tour without having to “take part” in the tour, so to speak?

    • Bart
      Bart  November 13, 2017

      a) No, but you have to join the alumni association and b) no, I’m sorry to say you have to do the entire tour (which you would find incredibly boring, given all you know!); you wouldn’t be able to just tag along for the lectures. Sorry!

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    danieljcathers  November 12, 2017

    I’m in Israel right now, funnily enough. It’s 4 am at the Dead Sea. We are going to Masada and Jerusalem later today.

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    jdub3125  November 13, 2017

    Ok Professor, but in the future how about a gathering for an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Suntrust Park? You can discuss various infinities such as the life everlasting, the afterlife, ultimate destiny, mathematical limits and convergence, the infinite past, the infinite future, and infinite space and distance, all of course from the vantage point of the xfinity rooftop. Casual attire, and drinks are served!

    • Bart
      Bart  November 13, 2017

      Ah, that sounds great. I used to be a huge Braves fan, but it was back in the Maddux, Schmoltz, etc. period….

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        hoshor  November 13, 2017

        Ah yes, as was I! My Grandma was a huge Braves fan, and I took up watching them during that time. It helped that they were very good, but it was frustrating watching them usually come up short.

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        jdub3125  November 14, 2017

        At the current pace it will take forever for the Braves to acquire new players like that who can get them back into the World Series.

  4. J.MarkWorth
    J.MarkWorth  November 13, 2017

    Thank you for the schedule. On April 27-28 in Holyoke, doesn’t UCC stand for United Church of Christ, the denomination most Congregational Churches belong to?

    • Bart
      Bart  November 13, 2017

      Yes, usually. But I *think* I gave the name of this particular church correctly.

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    hoshor  November 14, 2017

    Do you have any plans to come back to the Kansas area to speak?

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    obrienma  November 16, 2017


    Any chance of a dinner when you’re in DC in Feb 2018? The night before your lectures at the Smithsonian, or the night of? As you may have heard, we have a dearth of real news here and would welcome the opportunity to chat with you. 🙂

    • Bart
      Bart  November 17, 2017

      Interesting idea. I may set up a blog dinner for that Friday.

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    TheologyMaven  November 16, 2017

    Let us know if you are visiting colorful Colorado..

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    4Erudite  November 19, 2017

    Thanks for the schedule…will keep track of the Feb UNC lectures and the April Holyoke lectures…might be interested in both, just need to know the process and protocol for attending?

    • Bart
      Bart  November 20, 2017

      You need to contact the parties hosting them: for UNC it is the The Public Humanities (google them and write them a note: there is limited seating and they charge a fee)

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    JSH  November 26, 2017

    Do you ever come to the UK?

    • Bart
      Bart  November 27, 2017

      Yup, I spend a couple of months there a year. But rarely do I give any talks or interviews there — it is all family and pleasure!

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    BartyD4all  November 30, 2017

    Sorry to have missed these post earlier. Would love to come for a lunch sometime, Thank you for extending the offer. Maybe next time. Go Braves.

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