IWU News Advisory
Contact Leslie Boelter 309/556-3181
January 14, 2005
Event: Illinois Wesleyan University Chapel Hour presents Chaplain Dennis E. Groh:
“What We Saw When the Waters Parted: Civil Rights and the Christian Churches”
Date: Jan. 19 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Evelyn Chapel, 1301 N. Park St., Bloomington
Admission: Free and open to the public
Background: Chaplain Groh will speak on the subject of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the racial problems
that exist in our society. He will also speak on the subject of his life as a young
pastor during the civil rights movement.
The chapel hour will also include a duet of Amazing Grace by senior Michael McHugh
from Glenview, Ill., and junior Justin Barnish from Downers Grove, Ill. The hour will
also feature the new chapel organist Susan Klotzbach.
Dennis E. Groh, class of 1961, has been University Chaplain and Professor of Humanities
and Archaeology at Illinois Wesleyan University since 1996. He is also Associate Director
of the University of South Florida Excavations at Sepphoris.
A specialist in early Christianity and the archaeology of Israel in the Roman and
Byzantine Periods, Groh has authored, co-authored, or coedited five books. His articles
appear in a number of published works, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of Near Eastern
Archaeology (edited by Eric M. Meyers), The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical
Period (edited by Jacob Neusner), and Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: A Parallel
History of Their Origins and Development (edited by Hershel Shenks).
Groh is a past President of the North American Patristics Society and a past Vice
President of the Chicago Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. He has
been a Rockefeller Doctoral Fellow in Religion (for study at the American Academy
in Rome); both a Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Association of Theological Schools
of the United States and Canada; the James Alan Montgomery Fellow and the Annual Professor
of the American Schools of Oriental Research at the William F. Albright Institute
of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem); and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow of the Institute
for Social Ecology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer Sheva, Israel).
Groh, who is actively interested in Inter-Faith dialogue, is an ordained Elder of
the United Methodist Church (Northern Illinois Conference). He holds degrees from
Illinois Wesleyan University (BA in History, Phi Kappa Phi), Garrett Theological Seminary
(BD, with highest distinction), and Northwestern University (Ph.D.).
Contact: For additional information, contact Illinois Wesleyan University Chaplain's
office at (309) 556-3005.