The Problem and Promise of Strongly Held Beliefs – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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The Problem and Promise of Strongly Held Beliefs

The trials, hardships, and numerous rewards of enduring faith in an often faithless modern world will be explored

GENEVA, N.Y.— Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adolph Hitler and David Koresh all had strongly held beliefs, as did many of their followers. How do we distinguish “a person of conviction” from a dangerous nutcase? Does the content of belief make a difference? To answer, Colleges Chaplain Rev. Lesley M. Adams will share her reflections on the nature and effect of deeply held convictions.

This semester's final talk in the Provost’s speaker series will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, in Stern Hall room 103 on the Colleges campus. Both the talk and the reception following are open to members of the HWS and greater Geneva communities.

Rev. Adams was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1988, having earned her B.A. from Smith College, and her M.Div. from Harvard University. She joined the faculty at Hobart and William Smith in 1995 and serves as chaplain for the Colleges’ community. She is a member of the Episcopal Society for Ministry in Higher Education and the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life.

Initiated in 2004, the Provost’s Series features HWS professors and instructors at the podium.