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St. Norbert College's Dean Of Humanities to Lecture on Augustine

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From St. Norbert College, February 8, 2021
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Jennifer Hockenbery, dean of humanities at St. Norbert College, will present “Obey Your Superior as If She Were Your Mother!” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 7-8 p.m.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but it does require advance registration in order to ensure adequate spacing for in-person attendees at Dudley Birder Hall and to provide the Zoom link to virtual attendees. To register, go to Go to closer to the date and time of the event for any possible venue or event changes.

Much has been written about Augustine’s relationship with his mother. He gives credit to her constant love, support and tears for his own conversion to Christianity. This lecture will present some of Augustine’s most beautiful passages on the feminine aspect in God, then discuss Augustine’s views about the ethical treatment of women. Attention will be paid to his rule, his letters to women and his sermons concerning marriage and divorce.

Before coming to St. Norbert, Hockenbery worked and taught at Mount Mary University as professor of philosophy and chair of the department of theology and philosophy. Her teaching and academic research centers on philosophy of religion, Christian philosophy, women in philosophy and medieval philosophy. Hockenbery recently released a book, “Wisdom's Friendly Heart: Augustinian Hope for Skeptics and Conspiracy Theorists.”

The St. Norbert College Bookstore will have books written or recommended by Hockenbery on sale the night of the lecture.

This lecture is sponsored by St. Norbert College’s Center for Norbertine Studies and Killeen Chair of Philosophy & Theology.

For more information, contact the Center for Norbertine Studies at

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