Shaker Music is Topic of Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

The Couper lecturers will discuss their book, <em>Millennial Praises</em>.
The Couper lecturers will discuss their book, Millennial Praises.

Christian Goodwillie, Hamilton College rare books librarian, and Jane Crosthwaite, professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College, will give the Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture on Monday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building at Hamilton College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is based on their book on Shaker hymnody. Hymnody is the singing or composing of hymns.


Jane Crosthwaite graduated from Wake Forest University and received that university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently teaches at Mount Holyoke College and is a founding member of the women’s studies program. Her main areas of study include the roles of women in American religious history and Shaker history and art. Crosthwaite is currently researching a study of drawings produced by the Shaker sisters during the mid-19th century, known as the Era of Manifestations.


Christian Goodwillie is the author of Millennial Praises: A Shaker Hymnal, published in 2008. He co-edited the book along with Jane Crosthwaite.


This presentation is part of the Couper Phi Beta Kappa Lecture series which was established in 2005 to honor Hamilton alumnus Richard “Dick” Couper ’44. Couper died in January 2006. This yearly lecture recognizes Couper’s commitment and contributions to the college and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Each year a distinguished speaker is invited to present topics related to the college's special library collections or to present an issue related to libraries in general.


Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the country. Students are elected to membership in recognition of their exceptional academic achievement in fulfilling the goals and purposes of the college.

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