John Pairman Brown delivers the first annual Sacred Text Lecture on February 25, 1993: “What Makes a Text Sacred?”

Each year since then, the library invites a speaker with a particular connection to a “sacred text,” written or oral, traditional or new, within a canon of scriptures or drawn from outside a religious tradition. The presentations provide fresh insights into the words that shape our sense of the sacred, ranging from Lincoln’s second inaugural address to opera to El Teatro Campesino.