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March 28, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Three Southern Methodist University professors will be honored Monday, April 22, with the Dedman College Godbey Lecture Series Authors' Awards for outstanding scholarly research.

Award winners are Lewis R. Binford, university distinguished professor of anthropology, for Constructing Frames of Reference: An Analytical Method for Archaeological Theory Building Using Ethnographic and Environmental Data Sets; Richard Bozorth, assistant professor of English, for Auden's Games of Knowledge: Poetry and the Meanings of Homosexuality; and Joerg Rieger, associate professor of systematic theology, for God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology.

Binford, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, joined the SMU faculty in 1991 after teaching for 23 years as a distinguished professor at the University of New Mexico. He often is referred to as "The Father of Modern Archaeology" because of his 1962 article in American Antiquity proposing that archaeologists abandon their emphasis on cataloging artifacts and instead study what the artifacts revealed about the societies that produced them. That proposition launched what is now known as "New Archaeology." Binford, who earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Michigan, has spent 20 years in remote areas of Africa, Alaska and Australia conducting research on cultural patterns of contemporary hunter-gatherers and reviving the practice of ethnoarchaeology -- the study of living societies to better understand societies of the past. Some of Binford's earlier works include Debating Archaeology (1989), Working at Archaeology (1983), In Pursuit of the Past (1983), Bones (1981), Nunamiut Ethnoarchaeology (1978), An Archaeological Perspective (1972) and New Perspectives in Archaeology (1968),

Rieger is known as a young scholar in a field where the attention often goes to those known for age and wisdom. He has been able to connect theology to contemporary life and identify historical origins of current religious ideas. His latest work continues the theme of relating the concern for the poor that is a prominent part of contemporary religious life to the deeper currents of theology in the 19th and 20th centuries. Rieger earned his doctorate from Duke University in 1994. He teaches classes in postmodern hermeneutics, liberation theologies, Methodist theology, and 19th- and 20th-century theologies. Rieger also wrote Remember the Poor: The Challenge to Theology in the 21st Century (1998), and edited Theology From the Belly of the Whale: A Frederick Herzog Reader (1999) and Liberating the Future: God, Mammon and Theology (1998).

Bozorth earned his doctorate from the University of Virginia and joined the SMU faculty in 1998. His work is concentrated on 20th-century literature, 19th-century poetry, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory, survey of British literature and literary theory. His work in Auden's Games of Knowledge: Poetry and the Meanings of Homosexuality is manifold, examining the poet's engagements with avant-garde poetics, gay subculture, psychoanalysis, leftist politics and theology.

The authors will be honored at a luncheon in the ballroom of the Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. Tickets are $30 per person. For reservations or more information contact Paige Santini in the GLS office at (214) 768-2532.

The Godbey Lecture Series began 25 years ago as an outreach program sponsored by Dedman College to introduce the Dallas community to SMU's outstanding faculty and to the exciting, scholarly research that takes place at the university. The authors' awards event annually recognizes three outstanding books by SMU faculty published during the previous year. A monetary award is also presented to the winners.