Speaker Peter Brown View All Events The annual Sutherland Lecture will be given by Dr. Peter Brown, Rollins Professor of History (Emeritus) at Princeton University, speaking on “Attitudes Toward Charity, Work and Poverty in Early Christian Syria and Egypt” at 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center. Professor Brown received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982 and won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Scholars in the Humanities from the Mellon Foundation in 2001. He is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe. He is the author of a dozen books, including The World of Late Antiquity (1971), The Cult of the Saints (1982), The Body and Society (1988), Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity: Towards a Christian Empire (1992), The Rise of Western Christendom (1996, 2003), Poverty and Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (2002), and others. He has received honorary degrees from numerous universities, including Chicago, Wesleyan, Columbia, Harvard, and others.