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Coastal professor to investigate The Da Vinci Code

March 13, 2006

Coastal Carolina University professor Cheryl Rhodes will investigate the controversies surrounding one of the decades most popular works on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m., titled "'The Da Vinci Code: Investigating the Book and Its Critics.

The free lecture, scheduled as a part of the universitys Cultural Controversies series, will be held in Coastals Waccamaw Higher Education Center at 160 Willbrook Blvd., west of U.S. 17 next to the Hampton Inn in Litchfield.

The Da Vinci Code, the 2003 bestselling novel by Dan Brown, has stirred public opinion, and more than a dozen books have been written either discrediting or supporting its content. My hope in writing this novel, said Brown, was that the story would serve as a catalyst and a springboard for people to discuss the important topics of faith, religion and history.

Rhodes plans to address similar issues in her lecture, which will explore topics such as Mary Magdalene, the Opus Dei, the Priory of Sion, the Knight Templars, the Holy Grail and the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. While there isnt time to go into each of the topics Browns novel pursues in depth, I hope that even one lecture will serve as a stimulus for further study.

Rhodes earned a bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina, a master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, a doctor of ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary and a masters degree in religious studies from the University of South Carolina.

Cultural Controversies is the fourth annual lecture series sponsored by the Board of Visitors of Coastals Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. These community dialogue programs are designed to involve area citizens and Coastal faculty members in discussions about significant issues.

For more information call the Waccamaw Higher Education Center at (843) 349-4030.