Huntington, Ind.— Dr. Daryl Elliott, an expert on the Wright family, will kick off the fall semester’s Forester Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 16, 2003. His lecture, “Milton Wright, the Wright Brothers, and the religious Origins of American Aviation,” will take place in the Merillat Centre for the Arts auditorium at 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free.
The fall semester’s Forester Lecture Series celebrates and explores humankind’s pursuit of adventure and discovery in flight, using the 100th year anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk. Dr. Elliott will detail the considerable legacies of Bishop Wright in American religion and aviation. The Wright household served as a meeting ground between the Christian faith and advanced technology. Elliott will tell the story of how the Wright Brothers built upon a deep heritage of faith, challenged the limits of knowledge and changed the future of the human race.
“Elliott’s topic places the Wrights’ achievement into the historical context of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,” said Jeff Webb, professor of History and Political Science at Huntington College. “He demonstrates the interplay between religious faith, American expansion and technological progress in the Gilded Age. These foundations are key to understanding America’s experience with flight in the twentieth century.”
Elliott is the Senior Pastor at Mt. Pleasant United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, Pa., and is a trustee of Huntington College. He received a Ph.D from Drew University, an M.Div from the Evangelical School of Theology and a BA from the American University. He has published articles in academic journals like Fides et Historia and Methodist History.
Three other Forester Lectures will be presented during the fall semester, each investigating America’s commitment to exploration and discovery in advanced air travel and spaceflight. For more details, visit www.huntington.edu/fls.
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