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UMobile English Professor to Present Lecture on Suffering

Dr. Katherine Abernathy, associate professor of English at the University of Mobile, will present a lecture titled “Suffering, Miracle and Mystery in the Work of Dostoevsky” on Jan. 20.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College Campus. Abernathy’s lecture is sponsored by the Christus Theological Institute, a program responding to the need for a theological enrichment of faith on behalf of the clergy and laity of Christian churches of the Mobile area. Lecture admission is $2 and free for Christus members.

The primary focus of the lecture will be Dostoevsky’s insight on the purpose of suffering and how the reasonable Christian can pursue a compassionate response.

Abernathy was selected as outstanding faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Mobile for 2008-2009. She received her doctorate from the University of Dallas. Her dissertation, “The Poetics of Suicide: A Search for Meaning,” considers the history of literary characters and how they understand the place of suffering in their lives.

More recently, Abernathy has turned her attention to southern literature, especially the poetry of Laura Riding and the short stories and novels of Caroline Gordon.

For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Abernathy at 251.442.2467 or

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