The Goodspeed Lecture Series welcomes Timothy Beal presenting “The Word According to Rihanna: Bible and Religion in Memeland and Beyond.” Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (in progress). He has published 13 books and many scholarly articles on the cultural history of the Bible, religion and popular culture, and relations between critical theory and academic religious studies. He also has published essays on religion and American culture for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN.com, The Washington Post, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He has been featured on national radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered. Free and open to the public.