John Calvin McNair Lecture Series at St. Andrews set for Oct. 8

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University will host the 13th annual John Calvin McNair Lecture Series for Science and Theology on Monday, Oct. 8, in the William Belk Center Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room with dinner at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m.

This year’s speaker is Dr. Jeffery L. Deal, the author of an anthropology book on South Sudan and four novels, and who recently retired from his position as director of Health Studies for Water Missions International. He is presently the senior fellow in Public Health for the College of Charleston and the Department of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Deal is a member of the London International Development Centre, a fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds board certification in tropical medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in the U.S. He is also a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

“A Land At the Centre of the World” (Markoulakis Publications), his ethnography of the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan, is now in its second edition with the third edition due out in late 2018.

In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology, global ethics, and surgery. When not working in the field, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife of 41 years.

Dr. Deal is keen to reflect on the ethical, social and theological critiques that inter-cultural work can bring to Western faith and medical commitments, particularly around treatment of body and soul, and the way various forms of Western “treatment” are challenged whey they encounter non-Western kinship. His later work involves a deep wrestling with the philosophical and theological foundations of Western medicine from the vantage point of theological anthropology and ethics.

He is an active member of a Baptist congregation in Charleston, SC, and he brings those commitments to bear on his work as a medical caregiver.

Deal’s topic is “What is a family? Beyond Sex, Perspectives from South Sudan.”

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other …”

The event is free but reservations are required and can be made at [email protected] or 910-277-5025.