Speaker Biography: John S. Hatcher received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Georgia. He is Professor Emeritus in English literature at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he taught for forty years. He has published twenty-five books and more than a hundred poems and articles. His works have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese German, and Norwegian. His comparative study of theodicy The Purpose of Physical Reality: The Kingdom of Names, published originally in 1987, is now in its fourth printing and was reviewed in the prestigious Encyclopédie Philosophique Universelle Vol III, a dictionary of the world philosophical works published by the Presses Universitairs de France, where he was listed as one of three of the most important scholars in Bahá’í Studies for the 20th century. He has been editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies for the past seven years, and he formed a translation team with Amrollah and Ehsanollah Hemmat which has endured for almost twenty years and which is responsible for the publication of five books of poetry, three of which contain all the known works of Ṭáhirih, noted teacher and poet from the Heroic Age of the Bahá’í Faith.