Seminary’s Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, the William Albright Eisenberger Professor
of Old Testament and Exegesis, and Freda Ann Gardner, the Thomas W. Synnott
Professor of Christian Education Emerita and director of the School of
Christian Education Emerita, to Deliver Lecture October 27—
Princeton, NJ, October 12, 2011–Princeton Seminary’s Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, the William
Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis, and
Freda Ann Gardner, the Thomas W. Synott Professor of Christian Education
Emerita and director of the School of Christian Education Emerita, will give
the 2011–2012 Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture at Princeton Theological
Seminary on Thursday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m. Titled “In the Beginning Male and
Female: Then She Came to Seminary,”
the lecture will take place in Miller Chapel and is
free and open to the public.
Listen, laugh, lament, and celebrate as
Sakenfeld and Gardner share stories of early experiences at Princeton Seminary.
The lecture will be scripted in storytelling style, with a few facts and
figures to set the stage. Join in
remembering the past and claiming the future!
Sakenfeld earned her M.S. at the
University of Rhode Island, her B.D. at Harvard University Divinity School, her
Ph.D. at Harvard University, and an honorary S.T.D. from Hastings College.
Alongside her current position, she served for twenty-five years (1984–2009) as
director of the Seminary’s Ph.D. studies program. Her research focuses on
biblical narratives concerning the premonarchical period and on feminist
biblical hermeneutics. She has a special interest in the way Asian Christian
women interpret Old Testament stories about women.
Sakenfeld served as a member of the New
Revised Standard Version Translation Committee and as a coeditor of the Oxford
Study Bible (1992) and Reading the Bible
as Women: Perspectives from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Semeia 78
(1997). She has published many articles
on feminist interpretation, with a special focus on voices from diverse
cultural contexts. In 2007, she was president of the Society of Biblical
Literature, has been a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World
Council of Churches since 1999, and served on editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature, Theology Today, and Word and World. She is currently a board member of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
Gardner received a B.S. from the State
University of New York Teachers College at Plattsburg, an M.R.E. from the
Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in
Richmond, Virginia, and an honorary D.D. from Bloomfield College. She joined
the faculty of Princeton Seminary in the fall of 1961, where she was the only
woman on the faculty for nine years until Katherine Doob Sakenfeld joined in 1970. In 1979 she became the director of the School of Christian Education and served until her retirement in 1992 as the Thomas W. Synott Professor of Christian Education, the first tenured woman faculty member at the Seminary.
She has coauthored Living Alone, with Herbert Anderson, and has written extensively
for church-related periodicals and special issues. An ordained elder, she
currently serves on the Session of the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, New
York. Over the years, Gardner has served and taught at presbytery, synod, and
General Assembly levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1985, she was
honored by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators as Educator of the
Year and in 1995 she was presented with the Distinguished Alumni/ae Award by
the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian
Since her retirement she has preached,
keynoted, led workshops at all levels of the church and is currently on the
board of the Capital Region Theological Center in Albany and the Jarvie
Commonweal Service of New York City.
Established in 1983 by Dr. Edith Neumann
in memory of her husband, this annual lecture discusses topics appropriate to
the broad theological interests of Dr. Frederick Neumann
(1899–1967)—philosopher, biblical scholar, missionary, and pastor.
For more information, visit www.ptsem.edu or call the
Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.
Princeton Theological Seminary was founded
in 1812, the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church. It is the largest
Presbyterian Seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six
graduate degree programs.