On April 8-9, Duke Divinity School will host documentary filmmakers Rudy and Shirley Nelson. On April 8 at 8 p.m. they will present a showing of their film, “Precarious Peace: God and Guatemala.” The film explores questions on what it takes to end a war and ensure peace. On April 9, the Divinity School will host a discussion of the Nelsons’ recently published novel, The Risk of Returning, at 2:30 p.m. The book is a historical novel set in Guatemala in the 1980s reflecting the tragedy and heroism co-existing within Guatemala’s religious communities.
Both of the Nelson’s are also authors of fiction, non-fiction, and academic work. Dr. Rudy Nelson, emeritus associate professor of English and religious studies at the University at Albany, is the author of The Making and Unmaking of an Evangelical Mind: The Case of Edward Carnell (Cambridge University Press, 1987). Shirley Nelson is the author of the novel The Last Year of the War (Harper and Row, 1978) and Fair, Clear, and Terrible: The Story of Shiloh, Maine (British American, 1989).
The presentation is being sponsored by the Dean’s Office, the Divinity School Historical Division, and Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA).
Both events are free and open to the public.