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September 8th, 2010
Cobb to give two lectures in San Marcos

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Stephanie Cobb’s book, Dying to be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts, was published in 2008. Cobb, right, will give two lectures in San Marcos this month.

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Stephanie Cobb, a San Marcos High School graduate who is researching early Christian history as a professors in the Department of Religion at Hofstra University, will give two talks in San Marcos this month.

Cobb will speak on “Virtue, Violence, and Death: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts,” on Sept. 16 at Texas State. The lecture, free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in room 230 of Flowers Hall.

Cobb will give another lecture, on “Ancient Texts and Real Life: What has Carthage to do with San Marcos?” on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church of San Marcos, 3105 RR 12.

The lectures are part of the Price Lecture Series, begun in 1984 with an endowment from San Marcos philanthropist H. C. Price. This year’s lectures are supported by United Campus Ministry-Wesley (formerly Campus Christian Community), the University Lectures Series, the Department of Philosophy at Texas State and the NEH Teaching Professor in the Humanities.

Both lectures will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Cobb’s work focuses on martyrdom and persecution, gender and sex constructions in antiquity, and the function of texts in communities. Her book, Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts, was published by Columbia University Press in 2008 as part of its series on gender, theory and religion and has been recognized as an Outstanding Scholarly Publication by Hofstra University in New York.

A 1989 graduate of San Marcos High School, Cobb holds a bachelor degree in religion and archaeology from Baylor University, a master of arts in religion in Biblical studies from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in New Testament and early Christian studies from the University of North Carolina (UNC). At UNC, she also received the Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

In 2002, she joined the faculty of Hofstra, where she is now associate professor of religion and women’s studies.

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