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UNI to host lecture on biblical geography

November 18, 2013

Patrick Pease, department head and associate professor, geography, 319-273-7117,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host visiting lecturer Steven Collins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Curris Business Building, Room 109. Collins will deliver a lecture titled "Finding Sodom: A Study in Biblical Geography."

Collins is dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, N.M. He has an extensive background in both Near Eastern archaeology and biblical studies, which gives him a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in researching the nature of the biblical record. Collins currently serves as chief archaeologist and director of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan, where he has been investigating the location of the biblical city of Sodom.

This lecture is sponsored by the Dr. Jonathan J. Lu and Sayoko Lu Biblical Geography Endowment Fund. The fund was established to enhance the teaching and research of Bible geography. Jonathan Lu became a faculty member in the Department of Geography at UNI in 1974 and served as head of the department from 1987 to 1991. He left UNI in 1991 to become the president of Holy Light Theological Seminary in Taiwan. Lu was also a founding member of the Bible Geography specialty group of the Association of American Geographers and has remained involved in the group's activities since its inception. There will be a reception honoring Lu and Collins following the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is hosted by UNI's Departments of Geography and Philosophy and World Religions. For more information, contact Patrick Pease, associate professor of geography, at 319-273-7117 or