HPU Hosts Annual Finch Lecture Featuring Dr. Luke Johnson


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2011 ? The annual Finch Lecture brought Dr. Luke Johnson, a former Benedictine monk, to the High Point University campus recently to talk about an age-old question: What makes us happy?

Students, faculty and community members attended the event, held April 1 in the Phillips School of Business at HPU.

His visit to HPU as guest speaker for the Finch Lecture, which began at the university in 1960 with Dean Liston Pope of Yale Divinity School as lecturer, follows the long line of distinguished speakers for the event including clergy, humanitarians and scholars. The lecture was created in an effort to foster dialogue and to deepen the understanding regarding issues of importance to communities of faith.

Johnson, who serves as the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, presented ?Jesus Among the Philosophers: What Makes Us Happy.?

Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer, the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards and a member of several editorial and advisory boards. His research concerns the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity, Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James. He has authored 27 books and more than 300 articles, lectures and reviews. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, a Master of Divinity from the Saint Meinrad School of Theology and a Doctorate from Yale University.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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