The series, in its 37th year, features three lectures from Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson of the Institute for Creation Research. Lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Stevens Room of the Norman Library and 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Buckner Chapel.
The event is named for Nora Belle Manley, who retired after 26 years of service at Jacksonville College. According to a news release, her tenure was characterized “by an unwavering dedication to the academic and cultural development of the college community.”
Marolyn Welch, chairwoman of the lecture series committee, said the event previously consisted of one lecture at chapel time, but in recent years, the college tried a night venue, which was successful, and multiple lectures. Because the Institute for Creation Research has so much information, she said the college wanted to try three lectures again.
According to a news release, Jeanson received his doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Harvard Medical School, where he assisted in adult stem cell research. He also submitted testimony to Massachusetts governing bodies in opposition to human embryonic stem cell research, and his research currently involves “the investigation of molecular mechanisms of biological change from a young-earth perspective,” the release states.
On the morning of Oct. 10, the topic is “The Mystery of the Dinosaurs: What Does the Evidence Say?” and that afternoon, the topic is “Revisiting the Origin of Species: What Does the Evidence Really Say?” All lectures are free and open to the public.
“Because we are a Christian institution … we want someone who can give a logical defense of creationism. That’s why we asked ICR to come,” Mrs. Welch said. Jeanson “has a background in apologetics. He presents apologetic sessions on these subjects.”
She said the college is set up for about 70 people Tuesday night in the library, and hopes to have the chapel full on Oct. 10. About 275 students and staff attend morning chapel.
Since Jacksonville College has classes in the afternoon, there likely won’t be as large of a crowd at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Mrs. Welch said, so that is a good time for the public to come. Home school students also were invited to attend.
“We do hope that the public will attend. We would love to have them. I think it’s going to be presented very well,” Mrs. Welch said.