Professor Larry Meredith to deliver “last lecture” at Homecoming 2015

Professor Larry MeredithBeloved Emeritus Professor, Dr. Larry Meredith, will return to Pacific during Homecoming 2015 to deliver his “last lecture,” titled Professoring at Pacific: The Whole Truth About Half a Century.

Meredith is an accomplished professor and scholar. He earned his B.A. in English from Southwestern University, a B.D. in Historical Theology from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion from Harvard University. Before arriving at Pacific, Meredith was a minister at multiple churches and a professor at Albion College.

Meredith’s tenure at Pacific spanned 33 years from 1966-1999, where he inspired thousands of students. He held a variety of positions at Pacific including: Dean of the Chapel, professor of humanities, and professor of religious studies. He helped establish Callison College, one of the nation’s first cluster colleges, which emphasized international relations with faculty and students traveling annually to India and Japan. Even after his retirement, Meredith remains active in the campus community by providing lectures, meeting with students, and mentoring faculty.

Throughout his illustrious career, Meredith authored numerous articles and books, provided lectures and symposia around the world, and received a multitude of awards and distinctions. Meredith is referenced in more than 50 scholarly articles and journals, and his book, Life Before Death: A Spiritual Journey of Mind and Body, is critically acclaimed and still generates conversation today. Meredith has engaged in dialogues with national leaders and celebrities, including: Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles Shultz, Angela Davis, Bishop John A.T. Robinson, Congressman Andrew Young, Timothy Leary, Hugh Hefner, and many others.

A short list of awards includes: Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church, national finalist for the E. Harris Award for Distinguished Teaching, Fulbright-Hays Faculty grant, Faculty Mentor Award, and Teacher of the Universe by Semester at Sea.

You can catch Larry’s last lecture on October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Biology Building during Homecoming weekend. For more details, visit the Homecoming 2015 calendar.

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