Blake Lecture in the History of Christianity

Save the date: March 18, 2021
Susan R. Holman, Ph.D. | John R. Eckrich Chair and Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts at Valparaiso University

The 2021 Blake Lecture speaker is Susan Holman, Ph.D. Holman serves as the John R. Eckrich Chair and Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts at Valparaiso University. Her current projects explore intersections of religion and health in history, cross-generational voices, and material culture. She is a member of the Tertiary Order of the Holy Paraclete, a global network of ordinary lay Christians inspired by the seventh-century English monastic, Hilda of Whitby.

She received undergraduate degrees from Concordia College, Bronxville, and Valparaiso University, and graduate degrees from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (M.S.), Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S.) and Brown (Ph.D.).

This event is free and open to the public. For ADA requirements and additional information, please contact Andrea Wight at (804) 828-1635 or

The lecture honors William E. and Miriam S. Blake and is presented annually by a renowned scholar. The series' objective is to broaden the audience's understanding of Christianity by making it relatable.

The lecture is supported by an endowed fund established by family, friends, colleagues, and those who enjoyed the History of Christianity course which Professor Blake initiated at VCU. 2020 marks the 27th anniversary of this lecture series. Click here for information about past Blake Lectures.

For more information about the Blake Lecture, please contact Professor Andrew Crislip ( or 804-828-0155), the History Department's Blake Chair in the History of Christianity.