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Otterbein University to Host Religious Scholar

March 06, 2018
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy will host Reverend Dr. Samuel Dzobo for a lecture, “Competing Gospels for Troubled Times: The Response of an Unusual Leader,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, March 15, in room 110 of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove Street. A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. The lecture is sponsored by the Robert F. Berkey ’52 Endowed Lectureship.

Additionally, Rev. Dzobo will speak in an open classroom session about “Issues of Social Justice in Zimbabwe” from 12-1:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in room 114 of Towers Hall. 

On Saturday, March 17, he will participate in the Amy Lecture Series with Dr. Hal Taussig for a discussion on “The Peril and Promises of Imagining New Worlds” from 1:30-3 p.m. at Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N. Grove Street.

Reverend Dr. Samuel Dzobo earned a doctorate degree at Asbury University, master’s degrees degrees from Duke Divinity School and Africa University, and a bachelor’s degree from Africa University in Zimbabwe. He teaches at Hiwassee College and serves two churches in Tennessee. Rev. Dzobo grew up in Dzobo Village near the Eastern Highland Mountains that border Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He served Hilltop United Methodist Church, the first Methodist church in Africa, established in 1897, located in the poorest section of the city of Mutare. While there, he was arrested for preaching against the government’s destruction of poverty-stricken homes. Rev. Dzobo has spent his entire life focusing on issues of social justice.

The Robert F. Berkey ’52 Endowed Lectureship was created by a bequest from the Rev. Dr. Clarence T. Gilham in honor of his friend Dr. Robert F. Berkey ’52. 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Glenna Jackson at gjackson@otterbein.edu.

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