March 13, 2006
Morningside College faculty and staff members will participate in a panel discussion on the root sources of and responses to homophobia at an event slated for Wednesday, March 22, at 11:45 a.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The free event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and the Gay/Straight Alliance. The public is invited.
Dr. Susan Burns, assistant professor of psychology, will examine factors that may lead to the development of homophobia and discuss research that has been conducted on homophobia.
Kathy Olson, campus pastor and director of Church Relations, will discuss spiritual concerns encountered in working with homophobic people and those affected by homophobia.
Dr. Shelley Wiley, visiting assistant professor of religious studies, will explain how the Bible has been used to support homophobia and discuss alternative interpretations of homosexuality by Biblical scholars.
Homophobia is defined as the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.