Annual Womack Lectures to Feature Dr. Brian Britt of Virginia Tech on Mar. 21

Dr. Brian Britt, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech, will be featured during the annual Womack Lectures at Methodist University March 21. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The Womack Lectures will be held in Yarborough Auditorium in Clark Hall. There will be two presentations by Britt. One, titled “New Tablets for a New World: The Book of Exodus in Chagall’s Moses,” will begin at 11 a.m., during the University’s Weekly Chapel hour.

The other presentation is titled “New Tablets for a New World: The Jewish Modernism of Chagall’s Moses,” and will begin at 7 p.m.

The lectures are an effort to further explore the work of artist Marc Chagall. Methodist University’s David McCune International Art Gallery is showcasing “The Story of Exodus,” a collection of Chagall’s lithographs that depict the Jewish departure from Egypt detailed in the book of Exodus. The gallery will exhibit the lithographs until April 6. Find more information on the exhibit at

Britt received his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1992. He was awarded the DAAD Fellowship for Research in 2012-2013; was a Fellow of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin in 2008, 2012, and 2015; and is the 2007 recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Research.

Britt is the author of four books, including “Postsecular Benjamin: Agency and Tradition,” “Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition,” “Rewriting Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text,” and “Walter Benjamin and the Bible.” He has published several articles in publications like Benjamin-Studien, Religion Compass, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Critical Inquiry.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Walsh at or at 910.630.7077.