2012 Spring Event Scheduled with Dr. Richard Hughes as our distinguished speaker

February 1, 2012

Dear Friend of ACU Library,

Please come to our Spring gathering!

You are invited to FACUL’s spring banquet and membership meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 5, 2012, in the Hunter Welcome Center at ACU.

Our distinguished guest will be Dr. Richard Hughes, whose address after dinner is titled, “Why We Must Take Our History Seriously; Why ACU is Crucial for that Task.”

Dr. Hughes has spent over 40 years working at the intersection of religion and culture in the United States.  Dr. Hughes has taught and published on the biblical vision of peace and justice, Christianity and America’s self-understanding, the relationship between Christianity and higher education, the history of Christian primitivism in America, and the history of Churches of Christ in America.

With a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity, Hughes has taught at Pepperdine University, Southwest Missouri State University, and Abilene Christian University.  He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Religion at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Proceeds from the dinner will support the purchase of the Joe Johnson Collection of American Christianity, which is a special collection now housed in the Brown Library. This extraordinary collection features 2,610 books, including 750 printed debates, and 109 rare hymnals, some from the first decade in the American Restoration Movement. The Johnson Collection also contains 15,000 issues of 75 different periodicals, and 1,200 extremely rare pamphlets, letters, and photographs.  Carefully selected for rarity and excellent condition, the Johnson Collection greatly enhances the ACU Library’s already strong documentation of nineteenth and twentieth-century American religious history.

Friends of ACU Library have supported ACU’s Margaret and Herman Brown Library for 46 years as a resource for teaching and learning. Tickets for the dinner are $35 a plate, or $280 to sponsor a table seating up to eight people.  For more information, please email us at facul@acu.edu, or call Donald Simpson at 325.674.4818.

Although FACUL membership is not required to attend the banquet, it is required to for your ballot to count. You may renew your membership on the enclosed form, or at the banquet. FACUL memberships expire at the end of each calendar year.

We look forward to seeing you at the spring banquet!

James Thompson, FACUL President and Onstead Professor of New Testament

John B. Weaver, Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology