BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Larry Grimes, Bethany’s Director of Church Relations, Dean of Buffalo Seminary and Professor of English Emeritus, will be the inaugural speaker for the Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series during Homecoming weekend.
Dr. Grimes will present his speech, "Eros, Thanatos, Hemingway, Jesus and Me," Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Old Main’s Academic Parlour. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lecture Series, which was established by the Bethany College Alumni Council Board of Directors, honors Dr. Grimes, a 1964 Bethany graduate, and his inspirational work as a Bethany professor for 39 years. The goal of the Series is to engage Bethany students and the community at a personal level, by featuring leaders, writers and thinkers, many of whom will be published authors who challenge the audience to consider new perspectives about their education and the world.
Dr. Grimes’ speech is based off of the Song of Solomon that says, “Love is as strong as death, passion as fierce as the grave; its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.” These words will be a springboard for reflections on how one might live a life that would give light, rather than increase darkness; a life that would show mercy and seek justice, rather than a life filled with noise and restlessness. An unlikely pair, Hemingway and Jesus, are his guides as he explores this way of living.
Grimes is an internationally known Hemingway scholar and a published poet. An ordained minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Grimes served as pastor of Community Christian Church for 15 years. He is the Moderator of the Christian Church (DOC) in West Virginia and serves on its Commission on the Ministry. As Dean of Buffalo Seminary, he coordinates year-round continuing education programs for clergy and laity. He also serves on the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.