Wednesday, October 7, 2009


As part of this year’s Homecoming festivities, Samford University Library is proud to present Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher. Dr. Butcher will be our featured speaker for “Live at the Library” on Saturday, November 7th at 9:30 a.m. in the main reading room of the library. The presentation, “Coming Home to Christ in a Facebook World: Our Friend, Teacher, and God,” is open to attendees of all ages.

Dr. Butcher is an associate professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. She serves as a commentator for Georgia Public Broadcasting and has also appeared on GPB’s Georgia Gazette and The Issue. She has written for Christianity Today, Christian History & Biography, The Well, publications from Cambridge University Press, Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, and others. In addition to writing articles and giving local, national, and international lectures, she is the author of books on medieval literature, Christian mystics, and linguistics. Her books include God of Mercy: Ælfric’s Sermons and Theology published by Mercer University Press; A Little Daily Wisdom (formerly Incandescence: 365 Readings with Women Mystics), Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader, and Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict with Paraclete Press; and in collaboration with John Algeo, the fifth and sixth editions of Problems in the Origins and Development of the English Language and Answer Key published by Heinle/Wadsworth of Cengage Learning. In April 2009, Shambhala Publications released her translations of The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Privy Counsel, two classic medieval works on Christian contemplative prayer.

Dr. Butcher was the 2006 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Georgia and received the 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship at Shorter College. She has been a Fulbright scholar and lecturer twice. She was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea for the 2004-2005 academic year, and she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London from 1989-1991, conducting research in the British Library, the Bodleian, and other Oxbridge libraries.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Dr. Butcher’s web site at or contact Eric Allen at or (205) 726.2846.

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