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Dr. Barnes Tatum to Deliver YHC’s Annual Hamilton Lecture on Oct. 23

Friday, October 12, 2012

Author: Heather Poole
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Dr. Barnes Tatum to Deliver Young Harris College’s Annual Hamilton Lecture on Oct. 23

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Barnes Tatum, Ph.D., Jefferson-Pilot professor of religion and philosophy emeritus at Greensboro College, will deliver the annual Hamilton Lecture at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the Young Harris College campus. Dr. Tatum’s lecture, titled “The Historical Figure of Jesus: A Personal Journey,” will address how faith, life and academic research intersected for him. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Tatum earned his B.A. in history from Birmingham-Southern College and his Ph.D. and B.D. in Biblical languages and literature from Duke University. He went on to earn his M.L.S. in religion and philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was a Rotary Foundation Fellow at St. Mary’s College of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and continued his postgraduate studies at Duke University and Yeshiva University in New York City through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Tatum joined the faculty of Greensboro College in 1973 because of his continued commitment to teach in small, liberal arts, Methodist-affiliated colleges. He previously taught at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.

“Small liberal arts institutions have provided me with opportunities to know students both within and without the classroom as well as to interact with faculty formally and informally from across the disciplines,” said Dr. Tatum.

Dr. Tatum’s teaching primarily focuses on Biblical studies, including issues related to the historical figure of Jesus. He has published four textbooks on the subject, including In Quest of Jesus: A Guidebook, John the Baptist and Jesus: A report of the Jesus Seminar, Jesus at the Movies: A Guide to the First Hundred Years and Jesus: A Brief History.

He has also served as a commentator for many major television and radio channels including American Movie Classics (AMC), the History Channel, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and WBEZ-Public Radio (Chicago).

The Hamilton Lecture Series brings outstanding religious spokespersons to Young Harris College to discuss faith-based topics. It was established by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Strain, along with other members of their family, to honor Mrs. Strain’s parents, Rev. George Wharton Hamilton and Naomi Barton Hamilton. Rev. Hamilton was a 1907 graduate of Young Harris College who served on the YHC faculty and was active as a minister in the North Georgia Conference for 37 years.

For more information about the event, call (706) 379-5166.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Dr. Barnes Tatum.