Expert in Latin and Hispanic theologies Fernando Segovia visits SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi

Expert in Latin and Hispanic theologies Fernando Segovia visits SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014

Fernando SegoviaA noted expert in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Hispanic theologies has come to the Hilltop as a visiting scholar.

Dr. Fernando Segovia will be in residence in the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014.

Segovia is the Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he has taught since 1984. He is also a member of the theology faculty of Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

He teaches and researches in the fields of early Christian origins, theological studies, and cultural studies, including non-Western Christian theologies, postcolonial, minority and diaspora studies. Segovia has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, has worked as consultant for foundations and publishing houses, and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is also a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States.

He is editor, with Roland Boer, of The Future of the Biblical Past and of A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings, with R. S. Sugirtharajah.

Segovia will preach, lecture and participate in a number of public and academic events during his tenure. Two events are open to the public:

• Dr. Segovia will preach during the annual Archbishop Romero Memorial Service in Perkins Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. His homily is titled “Romero and the Call to Bear Fruit in the World.”

• On Thursday, April 3, Segovia will give a public lecture, “Vatican II in Retrospect: A Lifetime and Welcome Companion,” in the Prothro Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of global Christianities and mission studies in the Perkins School, will present a Response. The event begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Lecture and Response at 6 p.m.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Segovia to Perkins School of Theology and to SMU,” said the Rev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, director of the Center. “He is world class scholar, the current president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and to have him with us for two weeks is a great honor. His teaching and writings are quite influential in general, and in particular in the area of Biblical interpretation from a post-colonial perspective,” he said.

> Read more from the Perkins School of Theology website

March 31, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

Seven SMU professors receive 2012-13 Sam Taylor Fellowships

Seven SMU faculty members have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Sam Taylor Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning professors for 2012-13, and their projects:

• Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, Perkins School of Theology, for a project on cross-cultural short-term mission trips and partnerships.

• Erin Hochman, History, Dedman College, for research investigating German-Austrian nationalism and history between the two World Wars.

• Chrystyna Kouros, Psychology, Dedman College, for a study investigating how children interpret marital conflict.

• Alicia Meuret, Psychology, Dedman College, for a study on the impact of stress on self-injuring behavior.

• Amy Pinkham, Psychology, Dedman College, to collect data comparing social cognition in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder.

• Lorelei Rowe, Psychology, Dedman College, to extend a preventive program and study on reducing sexual victimization among teen girls.

• Sze-kar Wan, Perkins School of Theology, for consultation with mainland Chinese scholars on political theology and their engagement with continental Europen philosophers.

For more information on the Fellowships, including application instructions, contact Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of the University’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

Visit SMU’s National Fellowships and Awards homepage

November 20, 2012|For the Record, News|

Remembering Romero with services, scholarship

'Jesus in the Hispanic Community' book coverSMU’s Perkins School of Theology commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Óscar Romero with a service of worship, a book signing and an interdisciplinary dialogue on March 24, 2010. All three events will be held on the SMU campus.

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, will offer a sermon for the worship service titled “Risk, Blood and Solidarity.” The service begins at 11:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel. Harold Recinos, professor of Church and Society in the Perkins School, will preside at the Eucharist.

Following the service, the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions will host a luncheon and book signing in the Prothro Great Hall to celebrate the publication of Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), co-edited by Recinos and Hugo Magallanes, associate professor of Christianity and Cultures at Perkins. Both will be present for the event, which includes remarks by Recinos and Edwin E. Sylvest Jr., professor emeritus of Church History at Perkins.

The interdisciplinary dialogue, “Politics of Religion/Violence of Love: The Case of Latin America,” is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions. The event, which includes a light dinner, will be moderated by Cardoza-Orlandi, who will join the Perkins faculty July 1, 2010 as professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies. He is widely published in the field of mission studies, and has lectured internationally on the subject. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has served as pastor of local churches in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Canada.

The luncheon and book signing take place in the Prothro Great Hall. For more information on these two events, contact Harold Recinos, 214-768-1773.

The interdisciplinary dialogue will be held in the Swalwell Connor Refectory, 104 Prothro Hall, beginning with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by lecture and discussion 7-8:30 p.m. Advance reservation for the dialogue is required, with attendance limited to SMU faculty, doctoral students and professional staff. For more information, contact Rachel Lamb.

March 23, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|
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